The main pioneers of craft beer in Europe are Great Britain and France. Germany is somewhere in the middle with 307 craft breweries. Whereas the nine biggest breweries in Germany have reduced their output by 8% from 31.9 to 29 million hectoliters since 2006, the number of microbreweries in Europe has more than doubled in the last five years.


In Peking and Hong Kong there are around a dozen microbreweries apiece, with many more starting up in all other big Chinese cities. Chinese craft beer is partly based on Western styles but also plays with traditional local ingredients and flavors.