I was drinking 4 different beers from a Wychwood mixed pack ( Goliath, Scarecrow, Hobgoblin and wychcraft) and started to think about how these beers are really just variations on a couple of styles of beer . I enjoyed the beers and their different nuances but wonder if British brewing is held back by the fact that most brewers work within the same bitter/ ESB/ golden ale/ British IPA framework. When I think of the craft brewers in the area I live in ( let''s call it the Pacific Northwest ) they have no qualms about producing a pale ale and a marzen in the same lineup and creating a Belgian Tripel as a seasonal. I love British beer and have tried many over the years but would it benefit the industry if more brewers took on German or Belgium styles as well as the traditional UK styles? I know Meantime and Brewdog have broken some barriers in that respect but it still seems the vast majority are not willing to make that leap.