Research for the 2013 edition of its Good Beer Guide says the total number of breweries has passed the 1,000 mark, with 158 added in the past 12 months, the highest rate of openings recorded in the guide’s 40-year history.
The figure has more than doubled in the past 10 years.
The guide’s editor Roger Protz said: “A double-dip recession has done nothing to halt the incredible surge in the number of brewers coming on stream, making the small brewing sector surely one of the most remarkable UK industry success stories of the last decade.
“The boom in new breweries has in many cases made the term micro obsolete, with some small brewers having become remarkably large, installing new equipment or doubling production to keep up with demand.”
The Good Beer Guide 2013 is out today priced £12.99.