Five on-trade craft beer trends to look out for in 2018

Double the Fun

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High-strength beers are growing across the board, and with IPA sales rising 5% in 2017, it’s perhaps no wonder that double IPAs are particularly popular.

Sales of double IPAs nearly doubled this year, witnessing a rise of 7.3% compared to 4.3% in 2016.

Owing to their popularity, distinct flavour and high-strength, double IPAs often lend themselves to high mark-ups in UK pubs. Back in August, Borough Market craft beer pub The Rake had to defend itself after it drew accusations of “ripping off” customers by charging £13.40 for a pint of Cloudwater 8.2% ABV North West Double IPA.

The heftier price-tag hasn’t put punters off yet this year, and while retailers are also looking to expand their lower-alcohol offerings, the digital marketplace believes double IPAs will still take pride of place at microbreweries in the UK and beyond.

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