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Derby hosts National Winter Ales Festival

One of the UK's biggest ale trade shows is taking place in Derby today, where the city has being making quite a name for itself in the brewery industry.

The Midlands has more breweries than anywhere else in the UK and nearly a third of those are in Derby, where up to 12,000 visitors are expected to attend the show over four days.

The National Winter Ales Festival has more than 410 different varieties of ales on offer and event organiser Gillian Hough has described how people's tastes are changing.

Micro-brewers working with universities

Small breweries have an advantage in the export market because they pay less tax Credit: ITV Central

Micro-brewers in the East Midlands are working with the University of Nottingham to develop bottled beers which can be sold to China and South East Asia.

Small breweries have an advantage in the export market because they pay less tax than larger producers. China is the world's largest beer market.

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