Now Then Beer

For the last two years we have commissioned a Now Then ale from Sheffield stalwart Abbeydale Brewery to celebrate our birthday magazine. The first was so successful that we sold somewhere in the region of 18,000 pints in less than two months and 2013’s batch proved just as suppable.

We’re not afraid of change, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Continuing in the same vein, this year’s Now Then 6 will be a refreshing 4.1% pale ale that goes down a treat. Like all great beers, the ingredients list is short and sweet - premium Maris Otter malted barley from Westfield House Farm in Driffield, East Yorkshire, award-winning Bramling Cross hops from Hoads Farm in Sandhurst, West Kent, and Abbeydale’s own yeast, mixed with soft Yorkshire water from these here hills.

The crew down at Abbeydale are so knowledgeable and committed that we have no doubt this will be the best Now Then beer yet. It will be on sale at all good ale houses across Sheffield and beyond throughout April and May, so get out there and get sampling while stocks last.

Provenance and technique are hugely important to the brewing process, so this year we thought we’d share some more in-depth background information with you about the ale and its creation. Follow the above link or scan the QR code on the pump clip to find out more.

A huge thanks to Abbeydale Brewery for supporting the magazine over the last three years. They truly understand that championing independent art, trade and thought has never been more important.

Abbeydale Road

Nether Edge & Sharrow

On the edge of Nether Edge, within the mists of Abbeydale Road, you will find yourself in a slice of paradise. This pocket of Sheffield boasts a thriving independent scene and is the perfect antidote to the high street - unusual, quirky, arty, born from love and passion.

One of the godfathers of the scene is the ever-packed and much loved cafe Bragazzis, quietly getting on with it for over ten years. Then you have the fantastic Antiques Quarter - over six antique centres and 20 independent shops spread over Abbeydale, Broadfield, London and Queens Roads, offering a refreshing alternative to flat-packed MDF for years. There’s a bakery, a butcher and now an organic grocer in the form of Wild Star Food, who have been running a veg box company for over six years and have now opened their first shop. Filthy Gorgeous offers top quality organic fruit and veg and a wide range of organic and biodynamic wines among other goodies. They often have wine tasting sessions on a Saturday, so pop in and say hello.

A little further up the road is the treasure chest emporium Vintedge, selling rare and sought-after furniture, clothing, glasses frames, electric guitars, real ales and Sheffield-made craft goods. They even have a 50s style salon called Peach Purdys, plus a T-shirt and record shop. When you’ve finished browsing you can treat yourself to some golden brownies and a coffee at the quirky and quality Electric Candle Light Cafe, then on for a pint at the Broadfield. A paradise indeed.

A big shout out to the people who have supported Now Then this month - Filthy Gorgeous, Vintedge and the Broadfield. We couldn’t make it without you.


Until 12 April
Cupola Gallery

We don’t cover nearly enough exhibitions on these pages, but that ends today. Cupola gallery and shop showcases all manner of art forms and is located on Middlewood Road, behind Hillsborough Stadium and just off Penistone Road. This month it has been taken over by Manchester-based artist and designer Mari-Ruth Oda and her latest solo exhibition.

Entitled 108 - a reference to the sacred number, which represents all things simultaneously being one (1), nothing (0) and infinite (8) - the sculpture installation draws inspiration from everyday fruit and veg, removing their myriad forms from their normal scales and contexts to create unique abstract objects resembling mushrooms, beans and flowers. Check it out before it draws to a close on 12 April.

Laundry For Hair

0114 276 3645

Laundry For Hair is a top new salon in the city centre. Laundry is run by a team of experts in styling and colouring whose skill and excellence has put them in demand at salons and fashion houses all over the world.

Lead technician Billie Mo has just come back from working at London and Milan Fashion Weeks and lead stylist Chris Lock styles hair for fashion shows by Calvin Klein, Versace, Prada, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier. The Laundry ethos is affordable luxury with amazing cuts, colours, special hair for women and outstanding barbering for men at affordable prices. It’s just been named Coolest Super Salon by the international magazine Hairdressers Journal and it really is.

British Oak

1 Mosborough Moor

The British Oak in Mosborough is the new kid on the block from the Forum Family and they have done it again.

Head chef Lee Stokes from The York is in the kitchen serving award-winning pies, ham hock and some new favourites, all sourced as locally as possible. They have an extensive range of craft beers and ales available from across the globe and rotating guest ales on tap, alongside a vast selection of whiskies and freshly made cocktails. And like the whole Forum family the venue looks amazing - a traditional pub filled with curiosities. Top food and top drink in a great setting - a winning combination.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

2014 Visit

The Chernobyl Disaster of 1986 released huge amounts of radiation into the atmosphere, 70% of which fell over Belarus. Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline is a national charity dedicated to giving children from affected areas of the country a chance to escape to more friendly climbs each year, an initiative which could add years to their lives.

The Sheffield link is currently looking for families to house one or two children aged between eight and 13 for a month. Host families will be provided with training and support and a translator will be on hand. The children pose no health risk to host families. If you are interested, or can’t commit to a month but would like to help out, contact organiser Mick Ring on 0114 2589283 or

Wick at Both Ends

149-151 West St

This month will see the arrival of the Wick at Both Ends spring and summer menu. Having spoken to the team down at the Wick, getting quality food at the right prices has been the aspiration and it seems to us they’ve made it.

All ingredients are locally sourced and made fresh on site and the most expensive course is priced at £9.95. Our favourites include the beef brisket and mustard sarnie, roast pork belly on bubble and squeak, roast haddock with lemon and parsley crust and - for the vegetarians out there -roast cauliflower and broccoli on quinoa with new potato salad. Credit where credit is due. Any establishment that recommends a signature Bloody Mary with their Sunday roasts is alright by us.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

7-12 June

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? Last year’s Doc/Fest was a real treat and this year’s is just around the corner. Now in its 21st year, from humble beginnings as a small labour of love the festival has grown to epic proportions, bringing thousands of delegates from all over the world for premieres, screenings, masterclasses, industry events, performances and behind-the-scenes Q&As.

If you have a passion for documentaries, whether as an avid viewer or an aspiring creator, you are in the right city. Doc/Fest does a huge amount to support upcoming filmmakers with once-in-a-lifetime pitching and networking opportunities, and many films and events are also open to the public. Stay tuned in the coming months and check out their website for new developments.