Almost 200 new breweries have opened in the past year, boosting the number of beers to more than 5,200, a report has revealed.
Despite the relentless closure of pubs, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) had some good news for drinkers after discovering a surge in new breweries in buildings including a former dairy farm and an old school building.
The Good Beer Guide 2014 reported that the number of breweries in London has doubled in the past year after 23 new ones opened.
The guide’s editor Roger Protz said:”There has been a boom in the growth of breweries over the last 12 months, resulting in a total of 1,147 breweries now producing beer in the UK - and with more breweries comes greater choice for the drinker and more opportunities to buy locally produced brews.”
Another area which has seen above average growth in breweries is West Yorkshire, with eight new starters taking the county’s total to 57 - the highest of any region in the UK.
The guide also charts an increase in the number of women brewers. One, Emma Gilleland, head of supply chain at Marston’s, said: “The rise in interest in ales by women is because beer is far more interesting these days.
Only 10 years ago the perception would have been that ale was bitter tasting and dark in colour. These days brewers are far more experimental and this has led to lighter beers with new aromas and tastes which are attracting more women.”