Sales of British beer to Belgium have trebled to £93m in two years and helped Britain’s breweries to export a record 1.1bn pints to 113 countries last year.

The Times reports that China, Bahrain, Singapore, Japan and Mexico are among those countries that have developed a taste for British pale ale and bitter. Exports to China increased by 15% last year, while 37% more British beer went to Brazil and 45% more to Russia.

The US is the most important market for British beer, consuming £147m-worth last year, up 60% since 2010.

Other leading export markets include Holland (£38m) Australia (£11m). British breweries exported beer worth a total of £629 million last year, and exports outside the EU have grown by 69% since 2008.

Even Munich’s Oktoberfest is facing a new challenge from the Brits, with exports of British beer to Germany increasing from £2m in 2012 to £7m last year.

Brigid Simmonds, the chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “It is great to see British beer exports at an all-time high. “

The association added: “As beer consumption declines steadily in the United Kingdom, producers are increasingly turning to exports as a source of growth. In the five years from 2012-13, exports are expected to increase by 6.2 per cent per annum to account for 7.3 per cent of industry revenue.”

British cider is also increasingly popular overseas, with “significant growth since 2010” in the four largest export markets — Ireland, the US, Australia and Canada. Cider-makers are also targeting “emerging markets” in the Netherlands, France, Russia and Africa.

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