Last year, 318 million hectoliters of beer were brewed in the EU member states, without non-alcoholic beer. Compared to 2019, this was an eight percent drop in production, according to the Eurostat portal. The largest beer producer in EU is Germany, where one in four EU beers is brewed.
In Germany, 75 million hectoliters of beer were brewed, or 24% of the total production of the European Union, and in second place is Poland with 38 million hectoliters (12% of total EU production). It is followed by Spain with 33 million hectoliters or 10 percent of total production, then the Netherlands with 25 million hectoliters (8%), France with 21 million hectoliters (%), the Czech Republic with 18 million hectoliters (6%), Romania with 17 million hectoliters (5%) and so on.
Slovakia had the highest growth in beer production of as much as 25%, while Greece, Lithuania and France also grew by 3% each. In contrast, Italy had the largest decline of as much as 46%, and in second place in terms of decrease in beer production is Croatia with a decline of 29%. Spain, Hungary and Austria also fell by more than 10%.