The UK has returned to its role as a global 'brewing powerhouse', according to new Government research.
Community pubs minister Marcus Jones renewed vows to lower taxes and reduce legislation for pubs on the back of the new figures, which showed that there are now more than 1,400 breweries in Britain. A surge during the past two years has seen breweries opening up at rate of three every week, a trend that is reflected across all regions. Latest figures show the beer and pubs sector is now responsible for 869,000 jobs in Britain.
Jones said: '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. We are determined to build on this momentum and our strategy of lower taxes, less regulation and a growing economy is the best way to support this thriving and diverse sector.'
'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.”