As a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs I’m always happy to have the chance to work with our brewing industry, and I was pleased to be invited to visit the Little Critters Brewery in Neepsend on Friday.
I met with Mark Steer, part of the father-son team who have run the brewery since it opened in 2016. He showed me around the premises and we discussed their hugely impressive growth since beginning brewing last year.
Little Critters was founded in January 2016 by the owners of the Fox and Duck and Doctors’ Orders pubs in Broomhill, and has since won several awards, including a silver medal at the CAMRA Champion Beer of Sheffield, and overall bronze at the 2017 Champion Beer of Yorkshire.
They already have four staff and are in the process of moving to a new unit, which will allow them to treble their capacity and include new products in their range, including bottled beer. It’s great to see that Sheffield continues to be such a success story, leading the way in the brewing industry.
Sheffield is a great brewing city with one brewery for every 24,000 people, and over 400 unique beers available in our pubs. I've been working in Parliament on the ownership of the pub industry, business rates and planning laws to help protect our pubs which are such a vital part of our communities.