Frequency of drinking microbrewery / craft beer in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017

In a 2017 survey conducted by Statista it was found that 24 percent of the 1,016 respondents occasionally drank craft beer in the UK, with eight percent drinking it very frequently. In comparison, 20 percent never drank it. An estimated 7.8 million of the UK population drank craft beer in 2017. This was still a far lower than the number of standard lager consumers.

Rate of sales

Compared to other beer types, standard lager had the highest rate of sales per outlet in 2016/2017, amounting to 963 GBP per week. The sales rate of craft beer was 406 GBP, only ahead of premium ale. This amounted to 102 pints per week sold per outlet.

Number of microbreweries increasing

   As the craft beer revolution continues, the number of microbreweries in the UK has risen significantly. In 2011 there were 898 active microbreweries across the nation and by 2016 the number had increased to over 2,000 for the first time. 2017 saw yet further growth, with the number rising to 2,378. Throughout Europe the UK is by far the leading nation in terms of the number of active microbreweries, with the second highest ranked country having less than half of the UK’s total.

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Release date

February 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

3rd to 7th February 2017

Number of respondents

1,016 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

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