There were twice as many breweries in the EU last year than in 2008, according to Brewers of Europe

There were twice as many breweries in the EU last year than in 2008, according to Brewers of Europe

The European Union has seen the number of breweries rise again in 2014 – doubling the number six years earlier.

In its annual Beer Statistics report, released this week, trade association Brewers of Europe has found that there were around 6,500 active breweries in the EU in 2014. The number represents an 11% rise on the year prior, and double the number in 2008.

“The opening of so many new breweries … testifies to the enthusiasm consumers have for the diversity and quality of the product,” said Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, secretary general of Brewers of Europe. “This is the 'positive story of beer' … and the future looks bright given this perspective.”

The trade body used the release of the research to highlight “the need for a sustainable and supportive taxation regime for beer … across the continent”.

“The last year has shown Europe’s brewers both supporting the European economy and engaging in initiatives which benefit consumers,” Beregeron added. “We are proud of what we have achieved, and look forward to 2016 with renewed rigour, enthusiasm, and confidence.”

The Beer Statistics report looks at the key figures from 2014 and trends since 2009 across the 28 EU Member States. The full report can be found here.

In September, the world's brewers teamed up with beer associations to launch a global effort to promote responsibility around beer consumption.