"There is no ‘real ale crisis'," said Roger Protz, editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, which lists a record 80 new breweries in its 2006 edition, most of them micro-breweries...Beers with aroma and flavour are back in vogue," Protz added. "Beer lovers are tired of over-hyped national brands and avoid like the plague the bland apologies for lager and the cold, tasteless keg beers produced by the global brewers."Look at this one of the 80 new breweries - they brew in 27 gallon batches. Magic. Imagine if the law let you do that here in Canada? There'd be no end of small-run casks to try at this corner bar or that. People would actually get to try something different, to get a foothold in working for themselves. Thank heavens we have the Federal Excise Act and regulations to keep us from that by watching everything.
Update: the same appears to be true of creaft brewers in the US with a year to date rise in sales of 7.8% to mid-August 2005.