12 July 2018
Homebrewers help to spur Britain's exploding brewing scene
CAMRA's Essential Homebrewing, the must-have pocket guide for both old hands and novice homebrewers, applauds the number of homebrewers who have turned professional, helping to fuel Britain's beer growth.
The guide identifies a dozen former homebrewers who have taken the leap to brew professionally, praising the role they've played in boosting the number of commercial breweries registered with HMRC to 2,000.
These brewers include the likes of Kew Brewery, Wishbone, Pressure Drop, Torrside, Vibrant Forest, Affinity, Partizan, Thirst Class Ale, Weird Beard, Little Beer Corporation and Boundary – alongside many more.
CAMRA's latest title allows readers the chance to expand their brewing repertoire with over 30 recipes from leading British and international craft brewers. Written by Andy Parker, brewer and owner of Elusive Brewing and Graham Wheeler, internationally-renowned authority on home brewing, it contains easy-to-follow instructions and a variety of beer styles and recipes to suit everyone's taste.
Co-author Andy Parker said: "The number of small breweries in the UK has grown dramatically since 2010 and beer drinkers have never faced as much choice as they do today. Many of the new breweries are very small – from hobbyists who've registered their home brewing kit so they can sell tiny quantities to local bottle shops, through to those producing a few hundred litres per week to sell to local pubs and bars.
"Home brewing has enjoyed a similar resurgence, mirroring this growth in the number of commercial brewing operations, and today's home brewer enjoys access to the same quality and range of ingredients as the professional with a vast number of options when it comes to selecting equipment."
CAMRA's Essential Homebrewing is available for pre-order, retailing at £11.99 from the CAMRA Shop. For more information, or to order your copy, visit https://shop.camra.org.uk/books/home-brewing-beer-knowledge/essential-home-brewing.html
CAMRA Press Office
CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation which campaigns for real ale, cider and perry as well as protecting and promoting community pubs and clubs and fighting for consumer rights. We have over 190,000 members across the country who work to champion beer and cider drinkers as well as pub and club goers.