Sheffield ale businesses compete for Battle of the Beers Trophy

Two local businesses are hosting their annual ‘Battle of the Beers’ competition as part of Sheffield Beer Week. 

The Crow Inn Pub and Hotel, of 33 Scotland Street, and Retail Shop Beer Central, of The Moor Market will be competing head-to-head for the 2023 Battle of the Beers trophy.

The competition will be held on Thursday March 9 at The Crow Inn.

The businesses will be competing in four knockout rounds, for the advertised title of ‘Heavyweight Beer Championship of Sheffield’.

Adam ‘The Battling Barman’ Swithenbank and Sean ‘The Shopkeeper’ Clarke will compete in four rounds, where the audience will taste and vote on the best brewed beers and decide who will take home the trophy.

Sean, Co-owner of Beer Central, said: “This is our fifth year and it is always a great night.”

The drinks in the competition will consist of IPA, Sour, Mystery and Stout.

In 2022 Adam, of The Crow Inn, won the trophy, but the friendly competition will resume once again, in the battle to be crowned 2023 Beer Champion.

Sean noted that the event is once again sold out, due to continued popularity.

The Crow Inn pub and Beer Central shop are worth visiting during Beer Week 2023, both stocking incredible ranges of craft beers, ales and ciders.

Both businesses remain popular in Sheffield, to residents and beyond. 

The competition is part of Sheffield Beer Week and The Festival of The Outdoors.

Sheffield Beer Week consists of local businesses offering talks and tastings on brewing, new beers and beer related events.

The event is organised by Jules Gray, who runs popular beer and cider shop, Hop Hideout, based in the Kommune Food Hall.

This week will be the ninth edition of the event, which hopes to promote the hospitality and brewing sectors for Sheffield businesses.

This year’s event is based around the key strand of ‘going back to our beer roots’.

It will focus on showcasing the ‘brilliantly brewed beer’ from breweries within the City Region. Ongoing core strands include Beer and Food, Community and heritage; with additional strands including International Women’s Day events.

For more details about the weeks events visit

Written by Amber Smith

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