Sheffield is best in the UK for beer, survey finds

Sheffield has the best range of cask beer in the UK.
Sheffield has the best range of cask beer in the UK.
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Sheffield has the best range of ale in the country, according to a new survey.

Research by the city branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, or Camra, found Sheffield to have the highest number of cask beers available anywhere in the UK.

A selection of Sheffield-brewed beers.

A selection of Sheffield-brewed beers.

The branch said the results of the annual beer survey was 'further proof' Sheffield was the country's beer capital.

Spokesman Paul Crofts said: "It also shows Sheffielders to be particularly loyal to local, independent breweries.

"Sheffield and district Camra will be using this information in the new year to heavily promote Sheffield around the country as a 'beer destination'."

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The Steel City Beer and Cider Festival.

The Steel City Beer and Cider Festival.

Innovation and quality mean Sheffield drinkers are spoiled for choice on the ale trail

Branch members visited more than 200 pubs in Sheffield earlier this month to gather information - and enjoy a few pints.

They recorded all the cask beers that were on offer, and found 450 different brews were available on more than 1,200 handpumps.

Ale lovers can get a pint for as little as £1.50 - although the priciest pint was £5.90 - with the average price per pint found to be £3.04.

Bradfield Brewery's Farmers Blonde was found to be the most common beer, closely followed by Abbeydale Brewery's Moonshine.

The two city brewers were also the most commonly found within Sheffield pubs, with Abbeydale just edging it for top spot. Six of the 10 most common breweries on tap were local, as were four of the top 10 beers on sale.

The survey follows the University of Sheffield's Beer Report, which name Sheffield as the world's best beer city. Sheffield Camra plans to capitalise on this reputation with a comprehensive city-wide ale trail leaflet and website in the new year.

The branch is also preparing for this year's Steel City Beer and Cider Festival, which begins on October 19. Centred around Kelham Island Museum but taking in the whole city, the festival will offer 250 beers and 40 ciders along with a 'great surprise' to be confirmed shortly.

The event runs until Sunday, and there will be live music at the museum every day. For full details visit www.sheffieldcamra.org.uk/festival.

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