Who brews the most beer?The UK, the Dutch or the US?
The UK produces over 38 million hectolitres of beer a year. With this amount it is the eighth largest beer producer in the whole world. No wonder since most of the beer styles are of British origin. In regard to beer consumption, however, the UK doesn’t even reach the top 20. Hence, a lot of British beers are exported and in fact, it is the fifth largest beer exporter worldwide.
Despite a general decline in beer production, the beer industry in the UK seems to be doing quite well. In 2016, for instance, 300 new breweries were founded and the total number of breweries increased by 18%. The number of UK breweries last year rose by a remarkable 64% since 2013. They surely deserve their fifth place!
But did you know that in the Netherlands, more beer is brewed for export than for domestic consumption? The most recent figures show that the Dutch brew 24.6 million hectolitres of beer and 14.5 million hectolitres of that is sent overseas. The Netherlands exports a lot of beer, but it also imports a lot too. Beer from Belgium and Germany are in high demand. In the world ranking, they take the 15th spot while its neighbour Belgium with 20 million hectolitres per year takes the 20th.