I have touched upon the question about the number of breweries established in Denmark over the last few years, wondering if they all are sustainable. There are similar worries in Scotland, where they now have 42 breweries producing cask ale, up from a dozen ten years ago.
The closure of the Isle of Arran brewery recently have led to some worries in the business, but it seems the future looks good for many of the newcomers. When the nationals are cutting back on cask ale, the micros move in to fill the gap. There have been very positive reports from Scotland recently on ratebeer, and there is an interesting article in the Publican discussing this at length.