Experts say cask beer ready to return to growth
in the gloomy UK beer market
Beer statistical company AC Nielsen says in its latest Cask Ale Report that cask volumes in Britain were down by 3.3% year-on-year in 2008 but this compared to total beer sales down by 9.5%. Nielsen says cask ale now has 13.5% of the draught beer market and also accounts for 34.5% of all ale in pubs.
The report adds that 40% of pubs now stock cask beer. Nielsen adds that some regional and craft brewers are reporting a sales of growth of 20% for cask beer. The report concludes that by 2010 the cask ale sector could be back in growth.