Breweries numbers hit 2,000 for first time in 80 years amid craft ale revolution

The number of breweries has broken through the 2,000 barrier for the first time since the 1930s, a new study reveals. Picture by: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The number of breweries has broken through the 2,000 barrier for the first time since the 1930s, a new study reveals. Picture by: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
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The number of breweries has broken through the 2,000 barrier for the first time since the 1930s, a new study reveals.

The milestone follows a 64% increase over the past five years, said accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.

The UK has experienced a craft beer "revolution", with rising sales of artisan beers in pubs and supermarkets, while more microbreweries are opening, the research found.

The North East is now home to a thriving beer industry, with successful small and medium-sized breweries and microbreweries across the region producing all manner of ales and ciders to suit discerning drinkers.

James Simmonds of UHY Hacker Young, said: "The craft beer boom has reversed around 70 years of consolidation in the brewing industry. There is plenty of growth still to come.

"However, the majors are beginning to make a fightback by acquiring craft brewers and launching their own artisan-style brands.

"The craft brewers can't afford to rest on their laurels - they will need to work hard to get their product into that limited shelf space and bar space."