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The surge in UK micro and craft brewing shows no sign of abating after new figures revealed a record 158 breweries opened in the country in the past 12 months.

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The number of breweries in the UK has more than doubled in the past decade and now stands at 1,009, according to the latest edition of the Campaign for Real Ale's Good Beer Guide, published today (13 September). 

Last month, CAMRA revealed the number of breweries in London alone had soared by 500% in the past seven years, due to a new discerning breed of beer drinkers. 

The UK now has the most number of breweries it has had in about 70 years. 

The 158 breweries opened in the past 12 months is the highest rate recorded in 40 years. 

Roger Protz, the Good Beer Guide's editor, said the boom in new breweries has made the term "micro" obsolete, in many cases, as small brewers expand to meet demand. 

In the US, craft beer sales are also continuing to soar. Last month, the country's brewer count hit a 125-year high. Australia is also witnessing a rise in popularity of craft brews, but they only represent 2% of the country's beer market


Sectors: Beer & cider

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