Craft beer demand rises - 30 new breweries open in London
The number of new breweries opening in London reached 30 last year, almost twice as many as in 2012, new figures have shown.
Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young said the rise reflected increased popularity in craft beer.
Spokesman Roy Maugham said: "London has cemented its status as the hub of the UK's craft beer industry.
"Especially in trendy areas such as Shoreditch and Hackney, the growing appetite for craft beer products is encouraging increasing numbers of start-ups.
"The recent success of small brewers in the capital is also offering encouragement to budding entrepreneurs and investors.
"Craft beer is beginning to be seen as part of the luxury food and drinks segment with consumers willing to pay high-end costs."