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2018 Census


Here are some facts and figures for all you stats fiends out there, kindly put together by Keith the Censusmeister:


This years figures are as follows with the previous

census in brackets.


Bars with real ale on the night 76 (80)


Different breweries represented 93 (118) of which

Yorkshire 45 (49).


Different beers 184 (211) from 329 lines (372)


Bars with 6 or more beers 26 (29)


Most beers Duck & Drake 15 (same) Tapped 12 (same) Whitelocks 10 (11), & Hop 10 (same).


Most popular beer Leeds Pale again, but only available in 13 bars (22). 2nd most popular Sharps Doom Bar in 12 bars (9).


Different beers in 2014 189 from 300 lines so the number of different beers was higher 4 years ago.


The number of different breweries at 91 was slightly down on this years 93.


Also we had more Yorkshire ones this time on 45 as opposed to 40 in the first census.


There was a big leap in 2016, and it was probably a leap too far with the market settling back to a more manageable figure.


There were around 40 people taking part in the census this year which is probably a reasonably consistent figure. It also involves some people we don't otherwise see.




2016 Census


Is Leeds the ale capital of the UK? York, Sheffield, Norwich, Derby and Nottingham all lay claim across their branch area but what about specifically the city centre?


A big thank you to all 40 people who helped us find out, it couldn’t have been done without you.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed it and perhaps went to places not visited before. It was a busy evening so if it was your first CAMRA event it would be great to see you again, and in circumstances where it’ll be easier to have a proper chat.


The aim of the census is to capture information and better understand how the drinking scene in Leeds is changing over time. This is the second event and is repeated every 2 years.


Hear about it on Radio Leeds. Richard (Press and Publicity Officer) talks to Gayle Lofthouse (5th Aug, 49:00 to 53:30).


The survey was a great success with 86 pubs/clubs/bars checked within 1 square mile that have been reported as serving cask ale (2 years ago this number was 69).


Selling cask ale on the day: 80 (66 in 2014)

Total number of ales: 372 (300)

Different ales: 211 (189)

Breweries: 118 (91)

Yorkshire breweries: 49 (40)

Pubs selling 6+ ales: 29 (25)

Most ales available: Duck and Drake 15, Tapped 12, Whitelocks 11, Hop 10

Most frequent ales: Leeds Pale 22, Sharp’s Doom Bar 9, Ilkley Mary Jane 8, Greene King IPA 8

Exotic ales: Foley’s Tap House and Whitelocks both had cask ales from Spanish breweries


Thanks: Leeds Brewery Tap who once again provided the ‘command centre’ upstairs and especially to Keith (Treasurer) for organising and coordinating the event.

How does 211 different cask ales compare? We'd say very impressively.


Bear in mind the results below refer to the whole city not just 1 square mile of the city centre!


Different ales:

Derby 213

Norwich 254

York 281

Nottingham 334

Sheffield 385


But as always, it’s the quality that counts not the quantity and no census can tell you this… you need the Good Beer Guide for that!