Beer in the United Kingdom

Beer in the United Kingdom

For more in-depth articles about beer in the United Kingdom, see Beer in England, Beer in Scotland and Beer in Wales.

Beer in the United Kingdom has a long history, and has quite distinct traditions.

The United Kingdom has a rich history of brewing. Historically Bitters, Porters, Stouts and Milds have been the main styles brewed, rather than Lagers or Pilsners. In addition cask conditioned beer is still common, with the beer finishing its maturing in casks in the cellar of the pub rather than at the brewery.


  • History 1
  • Economy 2
  • Traditional beer styles originating in the United Kingdom 3
  • Nations of the UK 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6



Production of beer in the UK faces a challenge from the rising cost of raw materials and the annual rise in Duty by the government. The regional breweries are developing contract brewing to keep up production, while the production of ale by the newer, smaller breweries grows. Despite an overall drop in beer sales, real ale has increased its market share.[1] Brewers such as Shepherd Neame, Greene King and Marston's have invested in cheaper, faster and more efficient production facilities which increase capacity.

Imported beers are increasingly popular. Brewers from Eastern Europe are introducing their brands to the UK. Polish brands Okocim, Lech, Tyskie and Zywiec have also gained a foothold in some areas, especially amongst young Polish migrant workers.[2]

Traditional beer styles originating in the United Kingdom

Nations of the UK

See also


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  2. ^ "Beer in the United Kingdom". Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06.