• What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Microbreweries or craft brewers are independent producers with a reputation for brewing innovative, unique beers and real ales, often made using locally sourced ingredients. They have benefitted from a growing preference among consumers for locally produced food and drink. Under changes introduced in 2002, breweries with small production levels qualify to pay a lower rate of beer duty, which has led to a significant growth in the number of microbreweries operating in the UK.

This profile provides information about starting up a microbrewery. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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