The 21st-century craft brewers giving new life to old tradition

Paul Bayliss (left) and assistant brewer Eanna sample the beers at Brasserie du Quercorb

It has been a successful year for France's brewers who saw a boost in trade and numbers

THINK of France and several things come to mind: cheese, beautiful villages...and perhaps paperwork - but wine probably tops many people’s lists.

Recently, winegrowers have been beaming from ear to ear, proclaiming the 2015 vintage ‘idyllic’ and ‘magnificent’.

But they were not the only ones raising a glass to a successful year. France’s brewers, notably the artisans, saw a boost both in trade and numbers, reflecting a growing appetite for beer, which has been spreading out from the well-known brewing regions of the north, creeping into what we traditionally regarded as the wine ...

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