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Britain's beer boom goes roaring on

Added: Thursday, September 10th 2015


Brewery boom hat trick as British brewing grows by 10% for third consecutive year


  • 10% net growth in British breweries for third consecutive year
  • Now 1,424 breweries in the UK
  • 204 new breweries featured in the Good Beer Guide 2016
  • Over 11,000 different real ales now brewed
  • One in six pints sold in British pubs now a pint of real ale


The number of breweries in the UK has increased by more than 10% for the third consecutive year, bringing a huge increase in the choice and availability of cask beer to drinkers across the UK.  

The statistics, released today to mark the launch of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016, show that 204 new breweries have opened in the past 12 month, taking the total number to 1,424 – the highest it’s been since the 1930s and 40s.

Editor Roger Protz says: “The great British beer revolution rolls on and appears to be unstoppable. More and more new breweries have been launched to keep up with the demand for full-bodied, full-flavoured beers. Britain now has more breweries per head than any other country and the range of beers on offer is the best in the world, ranging from the palest golden ale to the darkest, pitch-black stout.”

With well over 11,000 different real ales, that’s an average of around 8 per brewery*, now being brewed in the UK the choice for drinkers has never been better. Gone are the days when a brewery made just one or two different beers, as brewers expand their repertoires to include porters, stouts, IPAs, fruit beers, or even beers aged in wine and whisky casks.

Brewers are also creating British versions of famous Belgian styles such as saison, strong brown ales and sour beers that use wild yeasts rather than cultivated brewers’ yeasts. But it’s a truly British beer style that is proving most popular

“The great success story of the moment is IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale. Long before the first golden lagers were produced in central Europe in the middle of the 19th century, British brewers developed a pale beer for export to ‘the Raj’ in India. Now it’s back with a bang and scores of brewers are producing their interpretations of IPA, including the American style that bursts with fruity hops,” Roger Protz says.

As real ale continues to outperform the rest of the beer market** One in six pints of beer sold in a pub is now cask ale, with 634 million pints consumed a year while kegged ales – such as John Smith’s and Tetley’s – are in decline.

While the brewing bug has struck across the UK, it is London that is leading the way and reclaiming its place at the centre of British brewing “London is the most remarkable success story. Today there are 74 breweries operating in the capital, compared to 54 a year ago. There are so many packed into areas such as Bermondsey and Hackney that weekend ‘brewery crawls’ have become a popular part of the London drinking scene,” Roger Protz adds.

But it’s not just London brewing that’s thriving, says Protz “London is closely followed by Greater Manchester, which has 19 new breweries, including four in Stockport and arguably the most amazing new brewery name, Zymurgorium in Irlam.”

Pictured top: Mark Wainwright in his brewhosuer in the Bristol branch of Brewhouse & Kitchen, a new chain offering good food with beer brewed on the premises.

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016 is available from, via Amazon, or in all good bookshops.

Full list of new breweries by county below.





The 2016 edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016 is sponsored by Piper’s Crisps.

 *Statistics compiled using CAMRA’s Brewery Information System (BIS)

**The 2014 edition of the Cask Report states sales of real ale out-performed “on trade” sales of all beer sold in pubs, clubs, bars and other licensed premises by 4.5%.

 New breweries by county

Greater London

Bexley, Erith

Big Smoke, Surbiton

Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury

Brewhouse & Kitchen, Angel

Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury

Canopy, Herne Hill

Essex Street, Temple

Kew, East Sheen

Laine@Aeronaut, Acton

Laine@Four Thieves, Battersea

Left Bank, Walthamstow

Mondo, South Lambeth

Monkey Chews, Peckham

Orbit, Walworth

Park, Islington

Southwark, Bermondsey

Sultan, South Wimbledon

Three Sods, Bethnal Green

Volden, Croydon

Wimbledon, Colliers Wood


Greater Manchester

Alphabet. Manchester

Beer Nouveau, Prestwich

Brewsmith, Ramsbottom

Chorlton, Manchester

Cloudwater, Manchester

Cryptic, Stockport

Five Oh, Prestwich

Hogarths, Bolton

Holy Well, Egerton

Hophurst, Hindley

Martland Mill, Wigan

Seven Bro7hers, Salford

Squawk, Manchester, Ardwick

Stockport, Stockport

Thirst Class, Stockport

Track, Manchester

Tweed, Hyde

Watts Brewing? Stockport

Zymugorium, Irlam



Leighton Buzzard Brewery, Leighton Buzzard


Dickens, Reading

Hop King, Reading

Indigenous, Chaddleworth

INNformal, Wickham



Bucks Star, Stonebridge


Tinshed, Kimbolton


Beer Refinery, Wervin


Appleby, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Chadwicks, Kendal

Tarn House, Outgate



Ashleyhay, Ashleyhay

Draycott, Shardlow

Frontier, Derby

Intrepid, Brough

Landlocked, Ripley

Little Buch, Marehay

Matlock Wolds Farm, Matlock

Pentrich, Ripley


Big Rabbit, Butterleigh

Braunton, Braunton

Grampus, Lee Bay

GT, Braunton

Madrigal, Combe Martin

Occasional, Silverton

Tally Ho! Hatherleigh

Totnes, Totnes



Brewhouse & Kitchen, Poole

Cerne Abbas, Chideock

Eight Arch, Wimborne Minster

Wriggle Valley, Ryme Intrinseca



Schoolhouse, Darlington

Village Brewer, Darlington



Billericay, Billericay

Mr Majolica, Grays


Gloucestershire & Bristol

Brewhouse & Kitchen, Bristol, Clifton

Combined Brewers, Falfield

Incredible, Bristol, Brislington

Tiley’s, Ham


Betteridge’s, Hurstbourne Tarrant

Hop Art, Blacknest

Rusty Prop, Romsey



Golden Valley, Abbeydore

Odyssey, Whitbourne



Paradigm, Sarratt


Four Candles, St Peter’s

Isla Vale, Margate

Romney Marsh, New Romney

Tunstone, Whitstable



Edenfield, Edenfield


Charnwood, Loughborough

Très Bien, Tur Langton



Cheeky Imp, Waddington

Horncastle, Horncastle

Lincolnshire, Lincoln

Rowett, North Thoresby



Connoisseur, St Helens


All Day, Salle

Dancing Men, Happisburgh

People’s, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe



Cotton End, Northampton

Cranky Cobbler, Northampton

Maule, Northampton

Shoulder of Mutton, Weldon



Beeston Hop, Beeston

Hale’s, Worksop

Idle Valley, Retford

Tom Herrick’s, Carlton-on-Trent



LAM, Sandford-on-Thames

Lovebeer, Milton



Big Shed, Shawbury


Black Bear, Wiveliscombe

Tapstone, Chard



Grey Friars, Featherstone

RAN, Stoke-on-Trent

Weal, Chesterton



Barrell & Sellers, St Cross, South Elmham

Station 119, Eye



Crafty Brewing, Dunsfold

East Sussex

Bartleby’s, Brighton

Beer Me, Eastbourne

Brick House, Patcham

Gun, Heathfield

Hopyard, Forest Row

Old Tree, Brighton

Three Legs, Brede

UnBarred, Hove


West Sussex

Crooked Brook, Copthorne

Greyhound, West Chiltington

Heathen, Haywards Heath

Kiln, Burgess Hill


Tyne & Wear

Almastry, Shiremoor

Hop & Cleaver, Newcastle

Northern Alchemy, Newcastle

Two by Two, Wallsend



Indian, Ansley

Stratford Upon Avon, Stratford Upon Avon


West Midlands

AJ’s, Walsall

Fixed Wheel, Blackheath

Lion Heart, Longford

Newbridge, Bilston

Pig Iron, Brierley Hill

Sacre Brew, Wolverhampton

Twisted Barrel, Coventry

Websters of Wollaston, Wollaston



Eastbury, Baydon


North Yorkshire

Greyhawk, Skipton

Helmsley, Helmsley

Moorside, Kirbymoorside

North Riding Brewery, Scarborough

North Riding Brewpub, Scarborough


South Yorkshire

Fuggle Bunny, Holbrook

West Yorkshire

Bingley, Wilsden

Bradford, Bradford

Bridge, Holmbridge

Here Be Monsters, Scholes

Hungry Bear, Leeds, Meanwood



Borough, Neath

Boss, Llansamlet

Cwm Rhondda, Treorchy

Pilot, Mumbles

Surfing Monkey, Cardiff



Mad Dog, Penperlleni

North East Wales

Axton, Axton

Deva Craft, Sandycroft

Erddig, Wrexham


North West Wales

Bragdy’r Bwthyn, Llanbadrig

Old Market, Caernarfon


West Wales

Pembrokeshire, Saundersfoot

Aberdeen & Grampian

Bottle Cap, Aberdeen

Quiet, Banchory

Rothes, Rothes


Argyll & The Isles

Bute, Rothesay


Freewheelin’, Peebles

Dumfries & Galloway

Lola Rose, Wanlockhead

Portpatrick, Portpatrick

Edinburgh & The Lothians

Alpha Project, Edinburgh

Andrew Usher, Edinburgh

Bellfield, Edinburgh

Carbon Smith, Edinburgh

Edinbrew, Livingston

Krafty Brew, Edinburgh




Highland & Western Isles

Wooha, Nairn

Kingdom of Fife

De bRus, Dunfermline

Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs

Fintry, Fintry


Kirrie, Kirriemuir

Northern Ireland

Hercules, Holywood

Pokertree, Carrickmore