DUBLIN: Irish beer exports were valued at over €280 million in 2016, up 23% in two years with 40% of beer produced in Ireland being exported. This is according to the Irish Brewers Association (IBA), the representative voice for the brewing industry in Ireland, who have today released its 2016 annual Beer Market Report for Ireland. The report looks at consumption across the various types of beer – lager, stout and ale. It shows that in 2016 a higher percentage of consumers were drinking lager than in 2015 (up from 60.4% to 60.9%). The craft beer sector revolution is continuing with an estimated 3.4% of total beer market share in 2016, up from 2.5% in 2015. Overall, beer production declined marginally by just under 1%. The report shows that beer remains Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink, with a 46.2% market share, a trend that has remained steady for the past six years. Furthermore, total beer sales rose by 3% in 2016 and 66% of those sales were in the on trade sector. Ireland has the highest percentage of on trade versus off trade beer sales in the European Union.
The Irish Brewers Association has today called on the Government to support the sector by reducing the excise burden in Budget 2018. Excise in Ireland has gone up 42% in the past six years and Ireland has the second highest excise on beer in the EU as well as the most expensive alcohol in the EU. Beer excise receipts were €430 million in 2016, up from €417 million in 2015. Speaking today, Head of the Irish Brewers Association, Jonathan McDade said, “Irish consumers pay the second highest rates of excise on beer in the European Union, eleven times greater than beer drinkers in Germany. Excise is a tax on jobs, tourism and the hospitality sector and we call on the Government to reduce excise rates.” He added, “The real success story of the Irish brewing sector is that exports continue to thrive. Ireland already boasts production of some of the world’s most iconic beer brands and it is encouraging that Irish beer remains so popular in other markets.”