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bodger

A Thousand Breweries!

This report says that there are now more than a thousand breweries in the UK and it goes on, to point out that the development of micro breweries continues to increase throughout the UK. Our own little backwater alone, boasts three such businesses, that are not so very far away.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19571803

As for pub closures, our journey this week through Herefordshire and Worcestershire saw some wonderful looking pubs boarded up.

In the meantime, the number of cider makers is also increasing steadily.
12Bore

As Gareth will tell you, Norwich is a hotbed of micro breweries      I think/hope that we will see more of these appearing, it's time that tied houses and tenancy restrictions on beer buying were ended, I know that there are many reasons that folk don't go to pubs like they used to (cost, no smoking etc) but one reason is that so much of the mass produced beer is bdooly awful. All we have to do now is educate the masses away from fizzy, chemical laden, so-called lagers (which are not even proper lagers) and onto real ale.
bodger

Price is another factor. I sold my cider to a local sportsclub for 1.35p a pint and they sold it at 3.35p a pint. I don't charge vat and although they had to charge it when they sold it, IMO, that was way too much to be asking for it.
12Bore

That's one heck of a mark up, even allowing for taxes, methinks they were profiteering a little to offset higher prices eleswhere.
bodger

and flying the flag for Wales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19583116
maine moose

Was in New England earlier in the year and was talking to a micro brewer He tlod me the T.D Gardens in Boston had just held a micro/home brewerys expo over a weekend there was 22,000 varitays of beer on display to sample now thats some weekend.
 
bodger

I bet.

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