Tuesday, 9 April 2013


I have to say, it is always interesting to read about surveys on regional beer price comparisons. And CAMRA do one such annual survey.

However, the recent survey published in the April edition of 'What's Brewing' is surely skewed, in my humble opinion!

The survey reveals a surprising price comparison between the North West and Yorkshire, between Feb.2012 and Feb.2013. In fact, it suggests there has been a gulf in the comparible price of a pint!

It states that over the last twelve months, real ale has increased by 23p a pint in the White Rose county, as opposed to just a 5p hike in the North West.

I drink in boozers on either side of t'border and there is no way I have noticed an 18p disparity in the ale, over the last twelve months.

What type of pubs are they going in? I presume the price comparison is based on equal strength ales? 

I reckon I need someone in the trade to comment and maybe explain these findings to me. I find prices similar, whether it's a pub in Liverpool or a boozer in Leeds(new Brewdog Bar excepted!).

The 2012 survey stated, the price of an average pint in Yorkshire was £2.72 and in the North West £2.64. OK, that sounded a reasonable price comparison. 

However, twelve months on, we have a 5p increase west of the Pennines and a jaw dropping 23p hike in the White Rose county!

Na then, there's summat not reet ere! An 8.6% rise, as opposed to a paltry 1.9%. Please help and explain!

 So, a clarion call to learned ladies and gents, on the subject of cask ale prices, over the last twelve months. As, in my humble opinion this survey is skewed, misleading and inaccurate.

However, I am a good listener and will always be willing to be educated in this matter. If that, is indeed the case!



  1. Perhaps one reason is that the Yorkshire branches have decided to exclude their many Sam Smith's pubs because the beer is allegedly kept under cask breathers.

    Any survey like this is very vulnerable to changes in the sample selection, although nationwide the conclusions are still going to be useful

  2. Cheers pal,for an informative and interesting response :)

  3. I can't say I have noticed a huge increase when I have ventured across to Yorkshire either.