Being the resident Anglophile at KegWorks, I am always interested in what’s going on across the pond especially when it comes to British beer. Recently the news has not been great.
CAMRA (CAMpaign for Real Ale) is a British consumer advocacy group that is focused on the promotion of real ale and the preservation of traditional British pubs. It seems CAMRA has had success promoting real ale as its sales are defying the trends in a gloomy British beer market “while lager slipped heavily, cask ale sales dropped only about 1.3% last year, with some brewers such as Fullers reporting a slight increase in demand.” (source).
Perhaps, not the best sounding news, but compared to this distressing stat, it seems incredibly positive: “More than 4,000 pubs will go out of business in the next two years…” (source). That translates to just over 5 pubs closing every day for the next two years. The record number of pub closures is blamed on the smoking ban in pubs, increased taxes on beer sold at pubs and competition from cheap beer at supermarkets. The UK, like the US, is also experiencing severe financial troubles and greatly restricted access to credit causing people to hold onto their cash rather than going to the pub for a pint. All these factors combined seem to be forming the perfect storm that will batter the British pub trade for the foreseeable future.
[techtags:CAMRA, PUB CLOSURES, REAL ALE, CASK ALE]