Microbrewery

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

Microbreweries are run by craft brewers who produce, bottle and sell real ales and craft beers. They produce innovative, unique beers and ales, often using locally sourced ingredients. Typical trade customers of a microbrewery include freehold pubs, restaurants, hotels, caterers, caf├ęs, speciality food retailers and supermarkets. A small number of microbreweries also trade online and via local markets, selling beers and ales to individual consumers.

This profile provides information about starting up and running 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. It does not cover the production of cider.

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