On the beer wagon: the past, present and future of Celtic Craft Brewing and its policies

Juliette Wilson, Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, Ciaran Mac an Bhaird, Maryam Lofti, Maneesh Kumar, Donagh Horgan, Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd, Mike Danson

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Abstract

This paper examines the potential of the craft beer sector as a regional development lever. Focusing on three culturally linked but politically distinct small nations, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, it takes a historical journey from the inception of this sector to present day. Discussion focuses on highlighting the complex interactions between brewing, society, policy and economy. We review current policy and sectoral realities for our Celtic context and propose a grounded and holistic vision of regional craft brewing policies, particularly around more circular and zero-waste ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalRegional Studies, Regional Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Celtic craft brewing
  • craft beer industry
  • circular economy

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