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Cask continues to shine

The latest figures from the BBPA show that cask ale sales are continuing to grow.

Sales figures recently released to include September 2015, show sales of cask up by 1% in September compared to September 2014. Surprisingly most of the increase is accounted for by good sales in standard ale (ales up to 4.1% ABV), whereas in previous months it had been premium ale (ales over 4.1%ABV) which had been showing good growth. Sales of all on-trade beer declined in September by -0.1%.

Sales of cask ale for the third quarter 2015 were up by 2.1%, with premium cask making a good showing, up by 6% for this quarter. In contrast, total on-trade beer sales for this quarter were down by -1.2%.

These positive results for cask come at a time of increased brewery openings around the UK, with an estimated 11,000 different beers now being brewed by over 1,500 breweries.