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Brewers of Europe Forum 2019: Craftsmanship on the old continent

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2019
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ANTWERP - Brewers from 59 different countries flocked to attend the Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, right next to the renowned Antwerp Central Station building. , technicians, brewing engineers and experts in the field of hops, malts and fermentation are gathering at the EBC Symposium staged in conjunction with the Forum. Straight away, President Pavlos Photiades evokes the dynamic nature of the European brewing world. “Every week, around 20 microbreweries see the light. Microbreweries now account for one third of the total number of 9,500 breweries in Europe”. Jean-François van Boxmeer, CEO of Heineken, signals their impact on consumer trends: “we are drinking less, but better.” Johan Van Dyck of the Antwerp Brewing Company (Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie) is in agreement: “Craft brewers have prevented beer from turning into a commodity, appealed to new target groups and contributed to raise the status of beer to ‘premium’.” Having said all that, we should not overestimate the influence of the craft brewers...

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