The UK is in a brewing boom
A new brewery is opening in the UK every other day, with the brewing and pubs sector supporting 869,000 jobs, government figures show.
Community pubs minister Marcus Jones said there had never been a better time to be a beer drinker.
“Today’s figures show Britain is back on the map as a global Brewing Powerhouse with three breweries opening up every week,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
However, it’s not all good news for the beer industry. Figures from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reveal 29 pubs are closing down every week across the country.
CAMRA has launched a campaign to protect pubs from demolition and development by nominating them as Assets of Community Value.
“Holes in the current planning system allow pubs to be sold off, demolished or converted to many other uses without planning permission or the involvement of the local community.
“However when a pub is nominated as an Asset of Community Value it automatically receives planning protection meaning it is no longer a soft target to would-be developers looking to quickly purchase and convert or demolish the pub – which in some instances has literally happened overnight,” CAMRA said.