Quest For The Holy Ale
Quest To Be Announced
Date To Be Decided

About The Holy Ale

In its simplest form, Quest for the Holy Ale is a Sheffield based pub-crawl that features good friends going out early, supping a selection of beers and having a great time. Drinking pace is very relaxed to ensure that the protagonists don't end up completely hammered by 3pm. The advantages of having an 'all dayer' include pubs being quieter, more time to visit lots of venues and no concerns about the last orders bell.

Initially, around 2004, quests were held on a Friday and people would take the day off work to attend. Recently, however, they've been switched to Saturdays for convenience.

Typically, a quest will start at 11:00am and will finish when the last person goes home. There is a pre-planned route but this is very much open to variance on the day. Over the years, dozens of pubs have featured in Holy Ale adventures, some of which are no longer with us. Since the 3rd quest, many photos and notes have been taken as a memento for future generations.

Members of a quest are subject to an ancient and sacred ranking system. Newbies start as a Serf and attain greater status when they show loyalty to the cause. This includes attending multiple quests and starting quests early. To become a Knight of the HOOHAK, an individual must have proved themselves beyond doubt and they must have supped from 'The Vase'.
Not much is known about the HOOHAK, only that they are a bunch of mysterious beings that seek for the Holy Ale. You can read about their first appearance here.

Next time you're drinking in a Sheffield pub, have a glance around at the clientele. The HOOHAK may be watching you!


Quest News

Farewell 2019
Posted: December 2019
Despite one of the best years for HOOHAK get-togethers, including some fabulous dinnertime starts featuring a whole bunch of cracking new boozers, an official quest never materialised. Due to the mysterious nature of the Holy Ale, this is not an uncommon phenomenon and has been witnessed several times in the past.

The elders will work hard to make Holy Ale 17 happen in 2020!

We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year!

Yet To Materialise
Posted: September 2019
It's one of those years when quests are proving difficult to arrange. The HOOHAK will be out again this weekend but it won't be for the much anticipated 17th adventure. With summer all but over, the chances of seeing another Holy Ale in 2019 are fading fast.

Still Waiting
Posted: May 2019
With May almost over, we still await news about Holy Ale 17. The HOOHAK have already had some super sessions this year but, as yet, no official quest has been announced. On Saturday 1st June the Knights are visiting the Dronfield Beer and Cider Festival to check out some new venues and to meet up with a familiar face. If you see the HOOHAK, ask for a Tequila Sunrise. ;)

HA17 Imminent
Posted: March 2019
The New Year is well upon us and the HOOHAK's hibernation is over. A challenging reconnaissance mission took place last weekend and plans have now been drafted for the next quest. The official HA17 date is almost ready to be released to Sir Ernest Chipper, who is poised tool-in-hand.

HA Update
Posted: Late October 2018
Thanks to everyone who attended the magnificent 16th quest! It was one of the finest chapters in HOOHAK history. The weather was great and the route was amazing. Many drinking establishments were visited and we met some lovely bar staff. The 12% porters in Shakespeare's were particularly memorable!

News about HA17 will be coming soon!