2019 is a new start for my Monthly Reviews, the last ones I did was in 2017 and I didn’t want to do them every year so 2 years seem a good wait. I didn’t do one in January as the month was nearly over before I had my list of 10 reviews to do.
June – is Riverside and Waggon & Horses, 2 pubs belonging to True North .
- Introduce yourself and tell everyone who you are? tell us something we probably wont know ? Have you been in the beer business long.
I’m Matt, I’ve been with True North for 5 and a half years now, originally starting off at the Common Room as a duty manager whilst studying at Sheffield Hallam before moving to Huddersfield where I ran the Picture House before coming back to Sheffield in April 2016 to take on the Riverside. Prior to that I sold my soul to the Devil at Revolution for 5 years… I’d only really class my time with TN as being in the Beer business though… Revolution was all about Strawberry Woo Woo’s and Glitter balls!
- Tell everyone what you serve ale wise, gin, vodka, beers etc etc and how many. Food wise as well.
We like to do a bit of everything, but with a focus on quality over quantity. We have extended our Ale range to 7, serve 6 Kegged beers (One of which is always GF), a range of guest cans//bottles as well as the staple Lagers//Ciders and a variety of Gins, wines and the usual backbar spirits – Rum//Vodka//Whisky etc – there should be something for everyone! Food wise we like to do classic homemade pub food with a slight twist, as well as having a monthly changing specials board which is always something totally random – This month, for example, is South American month and we’re serving Argentinian Choripans and Ecuadorean Llapingachos!
- What are the opening hours, also what events do you have on during the week and weekends. (quizzes etc etc)
- 11-11 Sun – Thurs
- 11-1 Fri – Sat
- Pub Quiz Monday
- DJ’s Fri//Sat
- Sunday Roasts
- Do you have any plans to do any meet the breweries or tap takeovers this year ? We all know you love a good Brew York tto.
We’re currently in the middle of a type of tap takeover collaboration with The Waggon, we’re showcasing our favourite breweries (Including Brew York, naturally), so it’s not technically a brewery takeover, but we’re donating 10p for every pint sold so hopefully nobody will be pedantic! We’ll be doing a bit of an American Themed one in October to coincide with the CAMRA beer festival, Hot Wings will also feature that week! There’s a few others in the pipeline too.
- Now time to think back, what was your first ever ale you had and which pub was it in ?, also is the pub still there.
The Beer that got me into proper beer was Summer Wine pacer, which I had in a bar called Zephyr in Huddersfield – that pint was just about the only good thing that came out of a two-year residency in Huddersfield!
- Which are your favourite top 3 breweries and why ?
- Brew York – the guys push the flavours without being too daft and the branding//packaging is always bang on – for me, the clips have to look good!
- Atom – Love these guys beers – especially as they delve into more GF stuff – they’re really solid beers and again have a bash pushing flavours too – we currently have a Mango Sour on that is tasting great!
- First Chop – A really good brewery from Manchester. All of their beer is certified GF, the branding is spot on and they have a really big range which is handy for a coeliac!
- Which are your favourite 3 pubs in Sheffield and why ? You can choose your own
- Waggon and Horses – A bit cringe to go straight in for a TN venue but I won’t say the Riverside so I’ll go with these guys… They do a solid Roast dinner and always have great beers on – their staff are all lovely too.
- Brothers Arms – Always have a decent range of beers on and you’ll struggle to find somewhere better to sit on a Sunny evening (If you’re not in our garden, of course!)
- Head of Steam – Massive range of beer which was much needed in that area of town, they’ve done great things with a lovely site since taking it on!
- A question I asked in 2017 to some and will be asking this to everyone this year and see if any of them happen, so what do you think will be making the headlines in Sheffield in 2019/20 beer wise ?
For me, lifestyle choice will be a big trend moving forward – GF beers are becoming more common and decent tasting low alcohol beer is on the up – No more Becks Blue for the drivers…!
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