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Switzerland is known for its watches, its chocolate, Roger, but not only! Among its specificities, it is the country...
In a previous article, we explained why Switzerland had the highest number of breweries. This is "thanks" to its...
Why don't I have a good draught beer in every bistro?
Switzerland is known for its watches, its chocolate, Roger, but not only! Among its specificities, it is the country with the most breweries per inhabitant (1 brewery for about 6600 souls compared to for example 1 for 200'000 in the USA or Italy). But why? Why? Are we just more alcoholic than the others?....
Historically, before the beer cartel, almost every town had its own brewery and brewing production was local. As a result, we can surely partly explain the enthusiasm of our fellow citizens to revive the spirit of traditional breweries by a desire to return to their roots.
And then again, we have money in Switzerland! So Mr. Everyone (or almost everyone, because we know that life is not easy for everyone) has the time, space and means to have fun brewing beer in their spare time and to experiment to have fun.
Okay, okay, we have the tradition and the money... but we're not the only ones in this case. So why is Switzerland at the top of the ranking?
As we all know, among the Swiss specificities, there is also our love of order: everything is well classified, arranged and... taxed. According to the legislation in force, brewers whose production does not exceed 400l, who produce with personal equipment in their own household and for their personal consumption, are exempt from the obligation to register and therefore exempt from paying taxes. This means that even amateur brewers producing very small quantities are counted as breweries in the official statistics. This threshold is very low in international comparison and explains our first step on the podium.
If the main reason for this high number of breweries is indeed the obligation to register from 4 hl, we must not forget another one: the possibility to register and this in a ridiculously easy way. 100 to 150 homebrewers producing less than 4 hl and finding it extremely fun to appear on an official list enjoy this.
In conclusion, without our immoderate love of tax and order, we would be in the average (e. g. Germany 1 for 60,000, United Kingdom 1 for 80,000). So let's stop blowing ourselves up by imagining Switzerland as the country where artisanal breweries would abound more than elsewhere. Moreover, for the record, in the United States we refer to as a craft beer any brewery that brews up to twice the national consumption of Switzerland...
ps: for those who would be interested in our thoughts on beer taxation, it's here.
Un des rares articles qui remet ce "fameux" record dans le contexte. Très bien!
J'ai 3 petites remarques:
1) il n'y a pas ~1300 brasseries enregistrées (comme noté dans l'article sur les taxes), mais 1117 (dont 8 au Liechtenstein; état au 13 novembre). Il ne faut pas oublié que les numéros des brasseries fermées ne sont pas réattribués.
2) ce qui amène que d'un point de vue strict, c'est le Liechtenstein et non la Suisse, qui détient ce record. Encore une raison de moins de se faire mousser ;-)
3) Si la raison principale pour ce nombre élevé de brasseries est bel et bien l'obligation de s'enregistrer à partir de 4 hl, il ne faut pas en oublier une autre: celle de la possibilité de s'enregistrer et ceci de manière ridiculement facile. Ce dont profitent joyeusement 100 à 150 homebrewers produisant moins de 4 hl et trouvant extrêmement fun d'apparaître sur une liste officielle.
Cela fait un certain temps que je milite pour une exemption de la taxe jusqu'à 20 hl (en s'assurant de plus que seules les brasseries produisant effectivement plus soient publiées officiellement). Ce qui ferait disparaître 69% des "brasseries" enregistrées et donnerait une plus grande crédibilité au boom - incontestable - de la bière en Suisse au niveau international.
Merci pour ce commentaire. Vu que tu est déjà cité comme source je corrige de suite le billet.