Beer guide praises UK craft beer growth

10th September, 2015 by Darren Smith

The “unstoppable” British craft beer boom means the country now has the best range of beers in the world, according to the editor of the Camra Good Beer Guide.

More than 11,000 different real ales are now being brewed in the UK

The comments came as a report announced that the number of breweries in the UK has jumped to more than 1,400 this year, generating growth of more than 10% for the third year in a row.

The report, released to mark the launch of Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2016, revealed that 204 new breweries have opened in the past 12 months, taking the total to 1,424 – the highest it’s been since the 1930s.

The report said the number of different real ales available in the UK now exceeds 11,000 – an average of around eight per brewery – as brewers expand their repertoires to include IPAs, porters, stouts, fruit beers and even beers aged in wine and whisky casks.

As real ale continues to outperform the rest of the beer market, according to the Cask Report, one in six pints of beer sold in a pub is now cask ale, with 634 million pints consumed a year while kegged ales, such as John Smith’s and Tetley’s, are in decline.

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz said: “The great British beer revolution rolls on and appears to be unstoppable. Britain now has more breweries per head than any other country and the range of beers on offer is the best in the world.”

While the brewing bug has struck most emphatically in London – with 74 breweries operating in the capital, compared with 54 a year ago – the capital is closely followed by Greater Manchester, which has 19 new breweries, including four in Stockport.

The new statistics come as the drinks business reported that government ministers have hailed the industry for sustaining 900,000 jobs, with breweries opening at a rate of one every two days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Assistant

Litmus Wine Agencies
Dorking, Surrey

Private Client Sales

Genesis Wines
London, UK

Head of Sales

Bimber Distillery
London

Compliance Manager

Atom Supplies Limited
Tunbridge Well

Customer Services Team Leader

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London

ViVAS Wine - Category Development Manager

ViVAS
Harlow and Stowmarket or Salisbury, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, GB

Brand Ambassador East Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
New York - field-based, USA

Brand Ambassador West Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
San Francisco / Los Angeles - field-based, USA

Global Travel Retail Manager

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Almaviva 2015 Vintage and Vertical Tasting

London,United Kingdom
28th Sep 2017

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

Cannes,France
1st Oct 2017

Franciacorta London Festival

London,United Kingdom
2nd Oct 2017
Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more