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Welcome Freshers!

It’s that time of year again when Sheffield welcomes around 20,000 new students who are beginning their degrees at one of our two excellent universities. Sheffield & District CAMRA would like to welcome you to what we think is the best city in the country for real ale! There are more than 300 pubs in the Sheffield region serving real ales and ciders, so there’s plenty of choice for even the most discerning drinkers. Furthermore, whichever university you are attending there is a real ale society you can join.

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The University of Sheffield has a long-established Real Ale and Cider Society, which holds socials every Thursday and organises regular trips and pub crawls. A year’s subscription costs £3 and members receive discounts in a number of local pubs. The University also holds an annual beer festival in Bar One and Interval, which this year featured more than 100 real ales and ciders. Both Bar One and Interval also serve a selection of real ales throughout the year at very reasonable prices.

Near to the university, the University Arms – our branch pub of the month for May 2017 and a regular feature in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide – serves up to eight real ales at any one time. The Doctor’s Orders round the corner also has a selection of ales from local brewery Little Critters (I can personally recommend C Monster and Nutty Ambassador!). For those with lectures in St George’s Church or the Stephenson Building, the Red Deer is ideally placed for a post-study pint. Meanwhile, students in halls can check out the excellent pubs of Broomhill and Ranmoor.

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Sheffield Hallam’s Real Ale Society was founded just over twelve months ago and at the end of its first year was awarded “Best New Society” by Hallam Students’ Union. The society holds regular socials, day trips, brewery tours, meet the brewer evenings and ale trails. Members can also get discounts with local breweries, pubs and beer shops.

The university is located on two separate campuses, City Campus in the city centre and Collegiate Campus on Ecclesall Road. City students will find a number of pubs serving real ale in the vicinity, with the Globe in particular being very popular with students looking for some post-lecture relaxation. The Roebuck, Rutland Arms, Red Lion and the Howard are all also within a five-minute walk. Meanwhile, Collegiate Campus students have several options nearby: the Portland House is a micropub owned by Welbeck Abbey Brewery and the Nursery Tavern also serves real ale alongside reasonably priced meals. A little further up Ecclesall Road, the Beer House stocks an excellent selection of well-kept local ales and is well worth a visit!

Of course, if you’re not already a CAMRA member, we also welcome you to join the campaign and help us support the promotion of real ale at a local and national level. Those aged under 26 are eligible for discounted membership, but with all the usual benefits including £20 worth of Wetherspoons vouchers. Our monthly branch meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month; simply check out our branch diary (on our website or at the back of Beer Matters) for the venues of upcoming meetings. Or why not head down to our annual Steel City Beer and Cider Festival, taking place at the Kelham Island Museum from 18-21 October?

Welcome once again to Sheffield and we hope to see you soon!

Dominic Nelson

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