Already brewed in Ancient Egypt, beer is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. Present on every continent, beer has, however, suffered competition from wine, the queen drink in France, which has relegated it to the back of the podium among the drinks most consumed in France. But in recent years beer has experienced a renaissance in France. Since 2010, the number of breweries on French territory has exploded. This rebirth has a name: craft beer.
A worldwide thirst for beer
Although craft beer has been present on the U.S. and UK markets, for example, since the 1970s, sales have not been enough to quench the thirst of all human beings. Historic brewers such as Stella Artois or Heineken are raking in billions of U.S. dollars in revenue worldwide. A newcomer to the beer market, China is increasingly interfering in the globalization of hop drinks, for which Chinese breweries are among the world's largest producers by volume.
Craft beers are beers produced by craft breweries or microbreweries in smaller quantities than "historical breweries". These craft beers often produce top fermentation beers, i.e. the yeasts used for ale transform sugar into alcohol at a higher temperature and tend to rise to the surface. The processing period is also shorter for this type of beer, which permits production in small quantities. These beers are ales, stout, porter and Trappist. In 2017, 39 percent of the French population stated they regularly consumed craft beer. And this rate rises to 46 percent for residents of the Grand-Est region.
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