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.