How the thirst for tap rooms is reviving UK towns

June 12, 2018 Sanjana Saluja

As more small breweries open across the UK, tap rooms are increasingly springing up beside them. JLL Real Views explores how they’re making a difference to high streets and city centers.

Tap rooms hark back to the days when pubs brewed their own beer and sold it directly to punters – a tradition that went into stark decline when larger breweries like Greene King and Scottish & Newcastle started to take over small breweries last century.

Last year, however, the number of breweries exceeded 2,000 for the first time since the 1930s in the UK and, according to the Society of Independent Brewers, around a third of small breweries now run a tap room from Bermondsey’s beer mile in London to the brewtaps nestled around Manchester’s Piccadilly station.

In some parts of the country, tap bars are being introduced to help to regenerate local areas.

Click here to find out why tap rooms are fast becoming a popular feature of UK towns and cities.

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