More than a third of people aged 18 to 24 have tried real ale and 87 per cent of those would drink it again, according to new research by CAMRA.

The new figures, released to mark the launch of Good Beer Guide 2015, also show that new ale drinkers are likely to be in this age group, with 65 per cent of those having tried real ale for the first time in the last three years, compared to 11 per cent across all ages.

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz said: "It is fantastic to see more young people discovering and enjoying real ale - that old stereotype of real ale drinkers being in their dotage never was true, but now it's dead and buried.

"What's more, the Good Beer Guide relies on recommendations by local CAMRA members across the UK and as more young people discover real ale we hope to continue to see the guide adapt and evolve alongside the British pub."