MINES A PINTReal Ale, Cider and Foreign Bottled Beer

Real Ale

Around 150 real ales were served via traditional handpump at this year's Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival. Scroll down this page to see a sortable list.

Renowned Yorkshire brewery Timothy Taylor chose the Festival to launch a new golden ale to South Yorkshire's real ale fans. Knowle Spring Blonde is the first new permanent core beer they have introduced since 1952.

The easy-drinking blonde beer, with an ABV of 4.2%, was in great demand at the Festival. It has floral and grapefruit aromas and a complex depth of flavour, with an aromatic citrus hop finish.

Here is the full list of real ales at the 2017 festival.

Champion Beer of Yorkshire

As usual, the Rotherham branch of CAMRA held their Champion Beer of Yorkshire competition, where the best beers of the Festival were selected by blind tasting.

The Overall Champion Beer of Yorkshire was Timothy Taylor's RAM TAM. Silver went to Saltaire brewery's Triple Chocaholic, and the Bronze winner was Little Critters with White Wolf.

The category winners were as follows.

CategoryGoldSilverBronze
MildRudgate
Ruby Mild
Timothy Taylor
Golden Best
Timothy Taylor
Dark Mild
Best BitterTimothy Taylor
Ram Tam
Rudgate
Battleaxe
Bradfield
Yorkshire Farmer
BitterElland
White Prussian
Gene Pool
Paleo
Acorn
Barnsley Bitter
Golden AleBlue Bee
Born in the USA
Yorkshire
Waverider
Elland
Blonde
Strong BitterLittle Critters
White Wolf
Abbeydale
Absolution
Chantry
Special Reserve
PorterSheffield Brewery
Sheffield Porter
Old Mill
Yorkshire Porter
Acorn
Old Moor Porter
StoutAbbeydale
Black Mass
Geeves
The Nightmare
Chantry
Diamond Black
SpecialitySaltaire
Triple Chocaholic
On The Edge
Black Roots
Yorkshire
Raspberry Tipple

As well as the draught real ales, we had a good range of draught cider and continental bottled beer on offer. Here is the Ciders and Bottled Beers List.

For the first time at our Festival, visitors had the option of a stemmed glass, which we thought might appeal to those who prefer wine to beer. Well, the new glasses proved very popular, not just with wine drinkers, so it's likely we will offer them as a choice at the next Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival.