Call goes out for Leeds city centre ale survey volunteers

There were 180 different ales on sale in Leeds city centre when the last survey was carried out two years ago.
There were 180 different ales on sale in Leeds city centre when the last survey was carried out two years ago.
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Just how much beer is available in Leeds city centre on any given evening?

That’s the question members of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) are hoping to answer this week.

Leeds branch members have set themselves the task of visiting every pub serving ale in the city centre on a single night to record what is on offer.

York, Sheffield, Norwich, Derby and Nottingham all lay claim to being the UK’s ale capital, so the local branch wants to see where our city stands in the rankings. A survey in York found 281 different beers, while Sheffield had the most at 385.

There were 69 pubs, bars and clubs serving 180 different ales within one square mile in Leeds two years ago. Now there are well over 80 premises, so Camra is looking for volunteers to help with the survey on Thursday night.

Members and non-members who are interested should email treasurer@leeds-camra.com to register in advance. Volunteers will meet upstairs in Leeds Brewery Tap at 7pm for the full plan, with a free pint waiting on their return with beer data.

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