Increase in Midlands breweries

The number of breweries in the East Midlands has increased by almost a quarter in the last year, in the West Midlands it increased by more than a fifth.

West Midlands breweries increase by more than fifth

Eighteen new breweries have opened in the West Midlands Credit: Toby Talbot/The Canadian Press

Eighteen new breweries have opened in the West Midlands in the last year, the Good Beer Guide said.

The number of breweries have increased by more than a fifth, despite reports of declining beer sales in the first half of 2013 by the British Beer and Pub Association.

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Breweries in East Midlands increased by quarter

The number of breweries in the East Midlands has increased by almost a quarter in the last year.

More breweries in the East Midlands last year Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Good Beer Guide says twenty three new ones have opened, taking the total to 133.

It is despite a report by the British Beer and Pub Association of declining beer sales in the first half of this year.