UK city named ‘best for beer in the world’ puts London to shame

By Staff

A British city has defended its crown as the best in the world for beer, and it is not London. Sheffield in South Yorkshire was first judged to be the ‘real ale capital of the world’ and the birthplace of the craft beer revolution by experts in 2016.

The city is even home to four breweries for every 100,000 people who live in the area – whilst the capital has just 0.4 beer production facilities per 100,000 people. Now, Sheffield has retained its title after another report has named the city as the global leader for beer.

The report was created by award-winning beer writer Pete Brown, who discovered 780 different beers are brewed in the city every year. He also found out that 300 real ales and 300 craft keg beers are on sale every day in Sheffield.

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There are 362 individual alcohol attractions. Mr Brown, who was born in Barnsley, said the steel city’s ‘brewing scene is the glue that holds the area’s culture together.’ He added: “Sheffield’s prowess as a beer city won’t come as a surprise to anyone who drinks here.

“But it’s fascinating that when you do the research and generate the numbers, the claim of being one of the best beer cities in the world really stands up. Sheffield is having a bit of a moment just now, punching massively above its weight, culturally.

“And its brewing scene is the glue that holds that culture together.”

‘No surprise’ that the city retained its title

Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the University of Sheffield, who commissioned the report, says it’s ‘no surprise’ that the city retained its title. She said: “Sheffield has always been a city of makers and what makes the report’s findings really interesting is the added value this industry of modern-day little mesters are bringing to the region.

“They are not just brewing beer; they are providing a huge tourism pull for people from far afield, while also regenerating neighbourhoods in organic, unplanned ways.

“To anyone living in Sheffield and visiting its pubs, it will come as no surprise that this new report has reaffirmed what we discovered in 2016; that Sheffield really can lay claim to being the ‘real ale capital of the world’.”

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