If you’ve always dreamed of running your own independent brewery or brew pub, there’s never been a better time!

The UK has been hailed as a global brewing powerhouse after research revealed there are now more than 1,400 breweries in Britain with a few more opening each week.

These positive figures, reflected UK-wide, were released by the British Beer and Pub Association.

This beer boom has given the economy a multimillion-pound boost and created 869,000 jobs.

Craft breweries and brew pubs across Britain such as Magic Rock in West Yorkshire, One Mile End in East London and Thornbridge in the Peak District have all contributed to this success.

Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones said the government was planning to build on this momentum by lowering taxes and reducing regulation.

He said: “Britain is back on the map as a global brewing powerhouse. We gave the world the IPA (India Pale Ale) and the Great British pint has been revered ever since.

“There is an increasing confidence in the beer and pubs sector with pubs diversifying, community ownership of public houses starting to take off and a booming brewing industry.”

Greater range of British beers being offered

Sophie Atherton, a journalist and beer sommelier, believes this is a great time to be a beer drinker.

“The variety of beers brewed in the UK today is world class and lends itself perfectly to showing off what a versatile drink beer is,” she said.

Sophie explained how the vast range of British beer available means there’s something appealing to everyone’s tastes.

“It can be paired with food just as well as wine can,” she added.

“All the way from a pint of English bitter or locally-produced lager to hoppy craft brews, boozy barley wines and imperial stouts served at the end of a meal with a cheeseboard.”