The number of microbreweries in Denmark has soared over the past 10 years, putting increased pressure on some of the country’s renowned breweries.
Brewer’s association Bryggeriforeningen has published data showing that there were just 17 microbreweries in Denmark in 2004, compared to today’s number of 120. This not only means the Scandinavian country now has more breweries per person than any other nation, but also that renowned brands including Carlsberg, Vestfyn, Harboe and Unibrow are feeling the heat more than ever before.
The share of the Danish market taken by the mocrobreweiries is now at 5.9 per cent, compared to just 0.75 per cent 10 years ago.
Beer publication Danske Olentusiaster editor Ole Madsen noted that there was probably not much room left for other microbreweries in Denmark because the country was not big enough, but said that he expected the market share they have claimed in recent years to grow even further.
He said the fact such microbreweries were doing so well in a market that includes a number of big players in beer circles was “fulfilling”, particularly as beer was without a doubt the national drink.
Last year, website Beerticker.dk stated that there were 1,014 Danish beer brands available.