The History of Brewing: The Brewing industry has been going on for years , In fact its been going on since around the 6th millennium, However The earliest mention of Beer in the United Kingdom of brewing Beer was 1412 made by a German Alewife in Colchester. Brewing is the production of beer by steeping a starch source (Commonly Cereal grains, the most popular of which is cereal grains) in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast. It may be done in a brewery by a commercial brewer or at home by a home brewer.

The Industrial Revolution brought the mechanization of brewing. Better control over the process, with the use of the thermometer and saccharometer, was developed in Britain and transferred to the Continent, The industrial revolution also had a big effect on transportation as it allowed the steam engines to transport the beer easier and quicker to the Pubs & Restaurants whilst also having a better brewing process and easier distribution of beer as it was able to go further up the country and shipped worldwide. The hydrometer and thermometer helped brewers more accurately measure the right temperature and variables in the brewing process which meant that the beer had a finer taste to it.

Modern Brewing

Many European nations have unbroken brewing traditions dating back to the earliest historical records. Beer is an especially important drink in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), France, the Scandinavian countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain and others having strong and unique brewing traditions with their own history, characteristic brewing methods, and styles of beer.

Unlike in many parts of the world, there is a significant market in Europe (the UK in particular) for beer containing live yeast.

Modern breweries now brew many types of beer, ranging from ancient styles such as the spontaneously-fermented lambics of Belgium; the lagers, dark beers, wheat beers and more of Germany; the UK’s stouts, milds, pale ales, bitters, golden ale and new modern American creations such as chili beer, cream ale, and double India pale ales.

Today, the brewing industry is a huge global business, consisting of several multinational companies, and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries. Advances in refrigeration, international and transcontinental shipping, marketing and commerce have resulted in an international marketplace, where the consumer has literally hundreds of choices between various styles of local, regional, national and foreign beers.

How much money does the Brewing industry of the United Kingdom Hold?

  • Revenue in the Beer segment amounts to £19.56bn in 2023. The market is expected to grow annually by 5.57% (CAGR 2023-2027).
  • In global comparison, most revenue is generated in China (£100.10bn in 2023).
  • In relation to total population figures, per person revenues of £284.50 are generated in 2023.
  • By 2027, 68% of spending and 45% of volume consumption in the Beer segment will be attributable to out-of-home consumption (e.g., in bars and restaurants).
  • In the Beer segment, volume is expected to amount to 4,566.00m L by 2027. The market for Beer segment is expected to show a volume growth of 4.6% in 2024.
  • The average volume per person in the Beer segment is expected to amount to 56.11L in 2023.

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A Fun Fact

The country that drinks the most beer per capita is the Czech Republic. It has topped the list for almost 30 years straight, since 1993. The Czechs drink on average 181.7L of beer per year per person

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