The UK is quickly becoming the home of beer.
New figures from the Campaign for Real's (CAMRA's) Good Beer Guide 2015 show that 170 breweries opened up across the UK in the past year, making the UK home to more breweries per head than any other country in the world. This boost in numbers has been driven by the rise of small, independent brewers as the demand for craft beer and signature ales has risen significantly in recent years.
The latest increase takes the overall number of breweries in the UK to 1,285 and represents a ten per cent growth for the past two consecutive years. CAMRA stated that all of the breweries launched over the past 12 months were producing cask-conditioned real ales as their core products.
Research by CAMRA found that the ale sector has been boosted by the younger generation trying the products. The organisation found that over a third of people aged between 18 and 24 reported trying real ale with a further 87 per cent saying they would drink it again. This shift in popularity has allowed more and more breweries to open their doors.
Roger Protz, editor of the Good Beer Guide 2015, said: "Real ale is the only success story in a declining beer market.
"New breweries, making handcrafted beers, continue to come on stream while many long-standing regional and family breweries are expanding with new equipment and new brands. Real ale has almost doubled its market share over the past decade."
Craft beer has been rising to prominence in recent years with companies such as BrewDog being at the forefront. The Scottish company has had a rapid surge in popularity since first opening in 2007. Since then it has expanded across the world, opening bars all over the UK and in the likes of Sweden, Italy, Japan and Brazil.