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Real Ale

The Real Ale Society is all about trying the thousands of different beers in the world while having a laugh with friends. This involves brewery tours, pub crawls, tastings and trips to beer festivals.
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"Winners of Best General Interest Society 2013/14"

What we do

Throughout the year we organise brewery tours, pub crawls, tasting sessions, pub quizzes, trips to beer festivals, and even an annual Beer Trip abroad. Whether you've been a beer fanatic for years, or new to the scene, we've got something for you.

Past events

Past events have included:

  • Brewery tours at: Magic Rock, Bad Seed, Ridgeside, Copper Dragon and many others
  • Tastings with: chocolate, cakes, whisky, charcuterie, sliders, and of course all sorts of beers
  • Pub crawls in Leeds, York, Manchester, Sheffield, London and the famous Real Ale Trail
  • Beer festivals in Manchester, Huddersfield, Sheffield, and many closer to home
  • Beer trips to Belgium, Prague, Munich, Rome, Copenhagen, Scotland and Tallinn

We've also arranged discounts at local off-licenses, talks from beer experts, and many, many evenings in the pub.

If there are any pubs or breweries you'd like to visit, speakers you'd like to hear, or beers you'd like to sample get in touch. We're always looking for ideas.


Membership is a measly £5 and is used to organise events and subsidise your travel to them. Last year our members got £64.80 worth of benefits for their £5 membership, so we think it is a great deal. We welcome students and non-students (although please see the Union's policies on non-students within societies) whether you are a real ale fanatic or have yet to sample your first pint.

Follow us

We put out regular updates on all our events in the usual places:

Join our Facebook group

Follow us on Twitter @LUURealAleSoc

We even have a Google Calender that will add all our event details into your diary so you never have to miss a pint!

Email to be added to our mailing list.

Useful documents

  • Social Guidelines

    Should you be running a social, check out the guidelines for events you run.

We hold our events weekly - usually on Thursdays but sometimes Saturdays if we are going further afield. Join our Facebook group to keep up to date with the latest events - LUU Real Ale Society.


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