A whopping 45 new distilleries registered last year, bringing the total in the UK to an estimated 273 distilleries.
To break that down further, that number represents an increase of 135% since 2010.
‘This is yet another positive sign of the UK spirits industry going from strength to strength,’ Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said.
‘From traditional products like Scotch, to the Great British gin boom and newer products like English and Welsh Whisky, it is an exciting time for spirits producers across the UK. Consumers here at home and around the world have developed a real thirst for top quality British spirits, and a new distillery is coming online at the equivalent rate of one per week to rise to that challenge.’
He added: ‘As the Government negotiates free-trade deals with both Europe and third countries there is a real opportunity for the UK to boost its exporting capacity by trading quality spirits overseas. We have already seen how successful and in-demand British gin is to 139 countries around the world. But we believe with the right support the industry can go further to access more markets overseas.’