The UK's Fixation With Novelty Beers Remains Strong

By Gary Cutlack on at

Bearded men making local beers out of bread, potatoes, socks, old cereal boxes and more are helping salvage the UK's economy, with data showing that there are now nearly 2,000 registered breweries in the UK -- the highest number since the 1930s.

The trend for small-scale local brewing has seen more than 300 new breweries open in the UK over the last year alone according to accountants UHY Hacker Young, meaning we're now metaphorically drowning in niche beers with silly names that come in nice bottles and invariably cost at least £4.50 a pop.

UHY partner James Simmonds said: "The craft beer boom has reversed around 70 years of consolidation in the brewing industry and there is plenty of growth still to come," as the drinkers of the nation remain endlessly fascinated with odd-looking bottles that promise more unique flavours than the high street lubes. [Guardian]

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