'Local character' key to brewery growth
13 September 2012 Last updated at 12:23 BST
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) says there are now 1,000 breweries in the UK - the highest figure for 70 years.
Camra said 158 new breweries had opened in the past year alone, the highest number ever recorded by the lobby group's annual Good Beer Guide.
James Campbell from Marble micro-brewery told BBC News that consumers' desires for a quality product with distinctive characteristics had opened the market for small producers.