Sunday, 13 September 2009
711 breweries! (part 1)
Here's a fairly upbeat item from Channel 4 news. I find it hilarious that after all these years, journos still can't resist mentioning beards in any story about beer.
With 71 new start-ups in one year, you do start to wonder if this rate of growth can be maintained. I met one brewer recently who was quite pessimistic and thought the real ale market was at saturation point; yet on the other hand I keep hearing stories about micros who are doing very well indeed. I guess the ones who are in trouble tend to keep quiet about it in case their suppliers start demanding cash up front.