Saturday 10 June sees the return of the Annual Beer Census for 2017.
As many of you will be aware, Sheffield & District CAMRA organises this city-wide survey to collect information on which beers are available in the city on a particular day. We have been doing this for a few years now, and we are pleased to say that despite various claims from other cities such as Norwich, Derby and Nottingham, the information on the number of beers on sale usually shows that Sheffield can rightly claim to be Beer Capital of the UK. This claim was given further weight after the findings of the recent Beer Report, commissioned by Sheffield University and written by well-known author Pete Brown.
It is now time to undertake the census again, and we are looking to enlist more volunteers to help collect the information. There are several daytime crawls, starting in various suburbs and working into the centre, followed by a number of city centre crawls in the evening. Each crawl will be led by a designated leader who will have the survey forms and a planned route through the various pubs.
Daytime crawls will start at 12 noon, and eventually arrive at the Red Deer on Pitt street by early evening to hand in the completed forms. Evening crawls then start from the Red Deer moving out through the center and regrouping in the Kelham Island area. The crawls are a sociable way to try different pubs and clubs from your usuals, as well as helping to further the beer scene in Sheffield. Most of the routes will involve public transport at some point, but your route leader will have details and can advise on costs etc.
If you would like to join on one of the crawls simply be at the start point for midday and look out for someone carrying survey forms, and a copy of Beer Matters. If you can’t make the start, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on the mobile number of the appropriate leader so you can arrange directly with them where you can join on the crawl.
If you are unable to join on a crawl, but would still like to help with collecting information, we will have an interactive survey section on the Sheffield CAMRA website where you will be able to enter details on the day. It will be updated in real time so you will be able to see which pubs still need surveying. We will need the name of the pub, and then for each cask ale on sale that day we need the name of the beer; the brewery; % strength; and price of a pint. There will be a Notes section where you can add if the pub serves real cider and keg beer.
It would be great to see a few more faces on the crawls, and even better if we can prove yet again that Sheffield is unrivalled in it’s range and quality of beer on sale.
The routes this year (and how to get to the starting points) are as follows:
Route A – Dore, Totley, Abbeydale Rd. Starting at Devonshire Arms, Dore. Route Leader: Mick Saxton. Buses 81, 82, 181, 272 and M17.
Route B – Norton Lees, Woodseats, Heeley, London Rd. Starting at The Abbey, Woodseats. Route Leader: Dom Nelson. Buses 18a, 24, 25, 43, 43a, 44, 44a, 75 and 76.
Route C – Ecclesall Rd. Starting at Hammer & Pincers. Route Leader: Alan Gibbons. Buses 4 and 88.
Route D – Deepcar, Bradfield, Stocksbridge. Starting at Rawson Spring, Hillsborough. Route Leader: Dave Pickersgill. Buses 31, 52, 57, 61, 62, 81, 82, 85, 97, 98 and the Blue tram.
Route E – Attercliffe, Meadowhall, Chapeltown. Starting at The Wagon & Horses, Chapeltown. Route Leader: Patrick Johnson. Buses 1, 1a, 29, 86, 265 or train to Chapeltown station.
Route F – Walkley, Commonside, Crookes, Broomhill. Starting at Walkley Cottage. Route Leader: Paul Crofts. Buses 31, 52 and 95.
Route G – Lodge Moor, Nether Green, Ranmoor. Starting at The Three Merry Lads. Route Leader: John Beardshaw. Bus 51.
Routes H, I, J – City Centre (afternoon). Starting at Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Station. Route Leader: John Bratley and others. Buses 1, 1a, 4, 4a, 6, 7, 8, 8a, 18, 43, 43a, 44, 53, 56, 65, 71, 85, 95, 181, 215, 218, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, X1, X17 or Tram or Train.
Routes K, L, M will be done in the evening after all volunteers meet at the Red Deer around 7pm.