Annual Beer Census results

At the beginning of September a number of CAMRA volunteers went out and did various pub crawls across the City to undertake our annual beer census – also known as the Beer Capital Survey – to record the beers out there on the bars on a single day, giving an idea how many different beers there are to choose from, which breweries are most widely stocked, typical price of a pint and more. It is an opportunity to take the pulse of Sheffield’s real ale scene.

A similar survey is undertaken in some other towns and Cities such as Derby, Nottingham, Norwich and York – all of which are known for having good pubs and like to promote themselves as a good beer destination – with Derby often claiming in the press to be the real ale capital of Britain (which our surveys suggest Sheffield should be the rightful owner of that title!).

Here are some of the figures that came out of the survey this year.

Number of different unique beers to choose from – 450

Number of real ale handpumps in operation – 1,200

Most expensive pint – £5.90
Cheapest pint – £1.50
Average price of a pint – £3.04

Brewery league table – how many pumps did we find with each breweries beer

  1. Abbeydale – 71 pumps
  2. Bradfield – 70 pumps
  3. Greene King – 45 pumps
  4. Thornbridge – 43 pumps
  5. Kelham Island – 32 pumps
  6. Sharps – 30 pumps
  7. Stancill – 25 pumps
  8. Blue Bee – 22 pumps
  9. Acorn – 19 pumps
  10. Black Sheep – 18 pumps
  11. Thwaites – 17 pumps
  12. Saltaire – 17 pumps
  13. Little Critters – 17 pumps
  14. True North Brew Co – 15 pumps
  15. Exit 33 – 13 pumps
  16. Tetley – 13 pumps
  17. Wychwood – 13 pumps
  18. Sheffield Brewery Company – 11 pumps
  19. Wells Young  – 9 pumps
  20. Adnams – 9 pumps
  21. Milestone – 9 pumps
  22. Neepsend – 8 pumps
  23. Welbeck Abbey – 8 pumps
  24. Great Heck – 7 pumps
  25. Dark Star – 6 pumps
  26. Ossett – 6 pumps
  27. Robinsons – 6 pumps
  28. Theakstons – 6 pumps
  29. Timothy Taylors – 6 pumps
  30. Half Moon – 5 pumps
  31. Marstons – 5 pumps
  32. Sentinel – 5 pumps
  33. Shiny – 5 pumps
  34. Toolmakers – 5 pumps
  35. S A Brains – 4 pumps
  36. Brew Foundation – 4 pumps
  37. White Rose – 4 pumps
  38. Wantsum – 4 pumps
  39. Titanic – 4 pumps
  40. Springhead – 4 pumps
  41. Sonnet 43 – 4 pumps
  42. Roosters – 4 pumps
  43. Pictish – 4 pumps
  44. Fuggle Bunny – 4 pumps
  45. Camerons – 4 pumps

Most commonly encountered beer:

  1. Bradfield Farmers Blonde – 43 pumps
  2. Abbeydale Moonshine – 37 pumps
  3. Sharps Doom Bar – 28 pumps
  4. Black Sheep Best Bitter – 14 pumps
  5. Greene King Abbot Ale – 13 pumps
  6. Kelham Island Easy Rider – 12 pumps
  7. Thornbridge Jaipur IPA -12 pumps
  8. Tetley Bitter – 12 pumps
  9. Greene King IPA – 11 pumps
  10. Whychwood Hobgoblin – 10 pumps
  11. Abbeydale Deception – 8 pumps
  12. Acorn Barnsley Bitter – 8 pumps
  13. Thornbridge Wild Swan – 7 pumps
  14. Greene King Ruddles Best Bitter – 7 pumps
  15. Timothy Taylor Landlord – 6 pumps
  16. Stancill Barnsley Bitter – 6 pumps
  17. Kelham Island Pale Rider – 6 pumps
  18. Kelham Island Best Bitter – 6 pumps
  19. Abbeydale Not Just Jam – 6 pumps
  20. Abbeydale Absolution – 5 pumps
  21. Bradfield Blueberry Ale – 5 pumps
  22. Bradfield Farmers Pale Ale -5 pumps
  23. Thornbridge Brother Rabbit – 5 pumps
  24. Thornbridge Lord Marples – 5 pumps
  25. Thwaites Lancaster Bomber – 5 pumps
  26. Wells Young Bombardier Bitter – 5 pumps
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Andy Cullen

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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