Sheffield – ‘Real ale capital of the world’

A new report has hailed Sheffield the ‘real ale capital of the world’.

Commissioned by the University of Sheffield, the report claims that there are now 57 breweries across the region, almost five times more than greater London.

The craft ale trend has been on the rise nationally over the last few years; however Sheffield has always been at the forefront.

With new microbreweries opening up every week, the city produces nearly 400 different beers.

The first brewery in Sheffield was founded in 1758 and today, the report claims that there is one brewery to every 23,991 people.

The Little Critters brewery has just opened in the city centre, part-owner Matthew Steer said: “It’s good for Sheffield because it means that lots of pubs are coming back into private hands, rather than being tied to soulless companies.”

The new brewery is already supplying to 9 pubs across the city centre and is planning on reaching out to more in the future.

Master brewer Alex Barlow has just opened The Sentinel Brewing Co, using his 30 years brewing experience to ensure the best for his new customers.

This brewery is trying something new as Mr Barlow wants visitors to be able to see the brewing process, and even sample beer straight from the tank.

With the rising popularity of real ale across the nation, Sheffield is leading the way.

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