Reuters recently reported that more than 1,000 breweries are currently operating in the U.K., up from just 800 in late 2011. The story also notes that many of the upstart brewing operations are “working out of little more than a large garage.”
The nano-brew setups aren’t the only parallel to the U.S. craft industry. In April, Britain narrowly avoided its third recession in just five years, and its residents are tightening the grip on their wallets. Nevertheless, consumers are being encouraged to spend a little extra on ‘local’ products — and they are responding.
One needs to look no further than the bar scene for proof. A group called Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reported that while the country saw nearly 1,000 pub closures in 2012, a next generation of on-premise establishments pouring craft offerings and boasting unique menus is “flourishing.”
American craft breweries have apparently taken note. In April, Dogfish Head announced a collaborative effort with the 130-year old Charles Wells brewery. Odell Brewing also partnered with Thornbridge Brewery for Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale last May.
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