Derby retains national crown

For another year running, Derby has been crowned the Real Ale Capital after the city's Annual Beer Census was undertaken by members of the Derby branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

The census reported that Derby had a record-number of real ales available on any given night, with 334 counted across 213 different varieties.

The vast majority of Derby pubs stocks real ale, with 10 offering nine of more varieties. Local ales were well-represented from 12 of the city's breweries, with the average pint of real ale costing £3.07.

Gareth Stead, Derby CAMRA Beer Census Coordinator, said: "For Real Ale enthusiasts Derby is probably the best place to drink in Britain, if not the World as the Lonely Planet Guide states. People come from far and wide to sample the city's delights as its pubs truly provide a Beer Festival every day of the year."

For Real Ale enthusiasts Derby is probably the best place to drink in Britain
— Gareth Stead, Derby CAMRA Beer Census Coordinator