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UK has most breweries per capita – new survey reveals
17/03/2017 - 09:44
The United Kingdom has the most craft breweries per capita with 25 breweries per million people, ahead of the US with 15 and Germany with 16, according to a new survey from The Brewers Journal and Alltech.
Written by Andrew McClean
The US and the UK have seen an increase in breweries opening of over 10% year-on-year, the survey finds. The US has the most craft breweries with 4,750 out of a total of 5,025 breweries.
Tim Sheahan, editor of The Brewers Journal, said: “The U.S. and the U.K. fermented their lead in craft beer production as a result of legislation that paved the way for craft brewers.
“The UK’s watershed moment came in 2002 with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s progressive beer duty legislation, which reduced beer duty to nil for breweries producing less than 5,000 hectolitres.”
The survey revealed that the top 10 craft beer-producing countries are the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia.
Alltech hosts worldwide beer festivals and The Brewers Journal is an industry news, features and analysis magazine.