There are now 315 spirit distilleries across the country, more than double the number compared to five years ago.
New figures from the HMRC tax and customs service revealed that 49 distilleries started up in 2017 and seven closed.
Of these, 22 were in England and 20 in Scotland, with four more in Wales and another three in Northern Ireland.
Five years ago there were just 152 distilleries in the UK, mostly in Scotland.
Since then Britain has been gripped by gin fever, with a record number of bottles of gin sold last year.
It is estimated there are 95 different gin brands on the UK market.
Traditional distilleries are now branching out to take advantage of Brit’s love of cocktails, with a rising number of new spirits each year.
Experts predict the growth of UK distilleries will continue this year after the duty on spirits was frozen in the November budget.
The Wine & Spirit Association (WSTA) said UK distillery openings have soared by 172 per cent from 116 since 2010, adding 199 in seven years.
The biggest growth has been in England, which in 2010 had 23 distilleries, growing to 135 last year.
They accounted for more than half of all new distilleries in the UK since 2010, when the WSTA first collected data.
London alone now has 24, making it the nation’s gin capital.
While gin has been a big driver in the distillery boom, English and Welsh whisky has also contributed.
Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, said: “Gin is the key driver behind the surge in new distillery openings in the UK in the past five years.
“New gin brands continue to pop up on our supermarket shelves, as Brits show no sign of tiring of the quintessentially British spirit.
“New distilleries bring jobs to the British spirit industry and help boost exports.”