The number of breweries in London has gone up from 45 in 2013 to 76 in 2015. Nearly 90,000 people in the city are now employed in the brewing and pubs sector out of 870,000 across the UK, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. 46% of the people working in the industry are under 24.
While big landmark breweries like Young’s historic Ram Brewery in Wandsworth have closed the expansion in the industry appears to be driven by micro breweries, many of them catering for the growing popularity of craft beers.
But while brewery numbers are increasing pub numbers are falling, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. This year to June 411 pubs closed in London and the South East while 145 new premises opened their doors, a net loss of 266.
This means that many of the new brewers will be looking wider than the pub trade to sell their beer, with some doing deals directly with retailers while other take their sales online.