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‘British Beer’ SIBA’s 2015 Beer Report

The British Beer Report by Dr. Ignazio Cabras provides many insights into the independent beer sector and is based on survey results from SIBA’s members.

Key Points:

  • 100 breweries joined SIBA in 2014 bringing the total to almost 800
  • 13 breweries joined SIBA in the first two months of 2015 alone, translating to an expectation of around 80 more new members in 2015
  • Over 226 million pints produced by respondents is estimated to translate to 526m by SIBA members5 , or 2.99 million hl in 2014
  • Beer production estimated to have increased by 15.8% from 2013-14, compared to 5.7% 2011-12 and 9.4% 2012-13
  • Over half respondents brew less than 1000hl
  • Keg proportion of production expected to more than double in two years to 6.9% in 2015
  • 23% of members are now selling some craft beer in keg
  • Cask production 71% of total in 2014
  • More bottled, kegged and canned beers – cask proportion of production expected to fall to 68% in 2015 from 84% in 2013
  • Majority of respondents brew less than 10% of production as bottled beer
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