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Three breweries opening every week in UK

The British craft beer boom continues apace, as a report finds that a new brewery is opening in the UK roughly every two days.

The SIBA BeerX festival in March, which featured a vast array of British craft beers on pour

The “Brewing powerhouse” that is the UK is being hailed by government ministers for sustaining nearly 900,000 jobs in brewing and pubs across every region of the country.

Junior minister in the department for local government, Marcus Jones MP, said: “Today’s figures show Britain is back on the map as a global Brewing Powerhouse with three breweries opening up every week.

“We gave the world the IPA and the Great British pint has been revered ever since. This brewing boom means we are not only creating some of the world’s best beer that we all enjoy in our local pub and at home but also thousands of jobs and a multibillion-pound boost to the economy.

“There is an increasing confidence in the beer and pubs sector with pubs diversifying, community ownership of public houses starting to take off and a booming brewing industry.”

The minister said there had never been a better time to be a British beer drinker.

Mike Benner, managing director of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for British craft brewing. The number of breweries is soaring leading to more jobs across the UK and more choice for consumers.”

SIBA represents the thousands of small independent craft breweries in the UK.

Benner continued: “With such an exciting range of different colours, strengths, styles and flavours, in draught, bottle or can format now available, I’m sure there is a beer out there to suit all palates.”

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