Britain has returned to its rightful role as a  
brewing powerhouse

As the Great British Beer Festival  opens its doors to thousands of beer lovers today, new analysis has revealed Britain is in the midst of a beer boom.

 Over the past two years, a new brewery has opened up every other day. 

The origins of brewing in Britain go back to medieval times and beer was even mentioned in the nation's landmark charter of liberties, the Magna Carta.

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During the middle ages, monasteries were Britain's biggest brewers alongside a thriving home brew scene.

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Hops weren't added to beer until the 15th century, followed by the invention of the beer pump in the 17th century.

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In 1870, a London brewer created a heavily-hopped beer to last lengthy voyages at sea.

This gave the world India Pale Ale (IPA) and British beer has been revered ever since!

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IPA was replicated across the world.

As tastes changed, it still remains a popular choice along with saisons, sours and barrel-aged stouts.


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    Pubs Minister Marcus Jones this week had the enviable task of helping to judge 2015's Champion Beer of Britain. 

 The competition was fierce with many of the nation’s 1,430 breweries competing for this accolade. 

The gold medal was awarded to Newport's Tiny Rebel Brewery for its red ale 'Cwtch'.

'This is an incredibly exciting time for British brewing. There is a beer out there to suit all palates.'

Mike Benner,  the Society of Independent Brewers

'Our strategy of lower taxes, less regulation and a growing economy is the best way to support this brewing powerhouse.'

Marcus Jones, Pubs Minister