More small brewers are turning to bottles
Published:  04 March, 2011

An increasing number of local brewers are now producing bottled beer, an industry survey has revealed.

According to the latest Local Brewing Report from the Society of Independent Brewers the number of breweries which produce bottled beer has risen from 70% to 76%, and a further 13% say they plan to do so in the coming year.

SIBA said: “Consumer demand for premium beers to drink at home has never been higher, with premium bottled ales the only sector of the bottled ale market in growth. Local brewers are keen to make their presence felt in this booming market.”?SIBA calculates that its members produce 2,500 cask beer brands brewed year-round, plus 3,500 seasonal ales and 1,750 bottled brands.

Chief executive Julian Grocock (right)highlighted the importance of progressive beer duty to small brewers. “Its removal would destroy the industry, leading not only to brewery closures, but more pub closures and the loss of jobs,” he said. In the report, 60% of respondents said they believed their brewery would fail if progressive duty was withdrawn.?SIBA has made a short film, Proud of British Film, to celebrate the country’s beer, brewing and pubs.




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