OK, many will dispute the title, it's true we haven't got the most progressive breweries. There aren't even many dry hopped beers for a start. But when the Good Beer Guide was launched CAMRA also published the county rankings for the number of breweries and Cumbria is 6th overall. I decided to do a little bit of research. I wondered who had the most number of breweries per head of population. After querying Wikipedia and getting Excel to do some sums, it turns out Cumbria ranks the top in England.
Sorry, I didn't include Scotland and Wales, Wikipedia seemed to disagree on the counties and I got confused, easy I know. Anyway, you guys like to think of yourselves as separate countries and quite right too. I'm sure there are bloggers in these countries that would happily do their own research on such a subject.
Dare I also point out that London ranks at the bottom? An interesting north south divide.