By the Blouin News Business staff

U.K. can’t get enough craft beer

by in Europe.

An assortment of BrewDog craft beers. Source: Rob Jacob/flickr

An assortment of BrewDog craft beers. Source: Rob Jacob/flickr

Craft beer is on track to conquer London Beer Week. The U.K. event began on Monday in London, and the city will also host Craft Beer Rising, an annual industry event, on Friday and Saturday. 8,000 people are expected to attend the latter, far more than the 2,500 who went to the 2013 launch.

Craft beer currently accounts for only 2.5% of all beer sales in the U.K., much less than in the U.S. where it reached 11% of the market last year. But 20% of British consumers surveyed say they drink craft beer, and 170 new craft breweries opened in the U.K. in the last 18 months. In contrast to the country’s largely flat market for beer consumption, craft beer is growing at 23% annually, according to non-profit trade group Scotland Food and Drink.

For example, last week BrewDog claimed to have become the number one craft brewery in the U.K. after…

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