Friday, January 16, 2009

Brits Not Deserting Beer

In recent years, wine consumption has steadily grown in Britain. But Roger Protz insists that beer is in no danger of being eclipsed by les vins. At the Guardian's "Word of Mouth" blog, Protz writes:

I don't deny that sales of wine have increased in Britain. But we still drink far more beer: wine has overtaken beer in the off-trade but beer easily outsells it in pubs . . .

Beer is in fact enjoying a remarkable renaissance. I'm talking of craft beer, quality beer, brewed by craftsmen, not the bland and tasteless Euro-fizz produced by global brewers. Close to 250 new craft breweries have opened in the past three years. There are more than 500 breweries operating in Britain and choice and diversity have never been better.
By the way, Protz was responding to this post by Malcolm Gluck.

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