By David Gans | National Geographic NewsCover image by John Houghton, courtesy of Guinness & Co.
Brewery in India is a big part of India’s beer scene.
The nation has more than 100 breweries and has the highest alcohol content of any country in the world.
It’s home to the world’s largest distillery, which is also home to India’s biggest beer producer.
The country has become one of the fastest growing markets for beer worldwide, with growth rates exceeding 30 percent per year in 2016.
In 2017, India’s craft beer industry generated more than $20 billion in sales, with a total of 5.3 million barrels produced.
In 2017, the government launched a program to provide subsidized beer to people in rural areas.
This program, known as the ‘beer subsidy,’ is a part of the National Beer Project, which aims to create an ecosystem of microbreweries and craft beer producers across India.
In 2016, a total 3,000 microbrewery units were established in rural India, which will eventually serve as a catalyst for further development of micro and craft brewing.
In addition, the National Brewers’ Federation has invested over $1.6 billion in beer production in the country over the last five years.
This is expected to be the largest investment in micro and micro-brewery production in history.
In 2018, the Beer Price Support Program (BPSP) was launched to subsidize beer prices in rural and semi-rural areas in India.
This scheme will help ensure that rural and rural-based brewers are able to compete with the big beer brewers in rural markets, which can cause shortages of beer.
A study conducted by the Economic Survey Institute (ESI) found that there were more than 4,500 breweries in rural districts of India, but there were only about 1,300 micro and small brewers.
While there are many micro and local microbrewers, the biggest market is the craft beer sector, which accounts for about 40 percent of India GDP.
Craft beer is booming in India, with the number of craft beer shops in India soaring to more than 2,000 in 2016 from 300 in 2015.
The growth in this sector is mainly attributed to increased availability of ingredients and the quality of brewing processes, according to the India Craft Brewers Federation (ICBF).
Craft beer has become a popular alternative to big brands like Corona, Miller, Coors and Budweiser, which make up a majority of the beer consumed in India and other parts of the world, according the IBIS World Economic Outlook (WEAO) in 2018.
India is one of India a global leader in beer consumption, with over one-third of the country’s beer consumed, according data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).
The craft beer market is expected for growth to reach $6.2 billion by 2020, according TOI.
In 2019, the International Craft Brewers Association (ICBA) announced plans to expand the craft brewing industry to 10,000 units.
The number of micro breweries is also growing rapidly, with more than 1,400 in India in 2018, according a report from IBISWorld.
In the first quarter of 2019, microbrews represented about 25 percent of all micro-beer sales in India but by 2019, they will account for 30 percent.
In 2020, India plans to see a rise in micro beer sales to 40 percent.
India is the world leader in microbrewing, with breweries in more than 150 countries.
While microbrewed beer is typically produced in small batches, there are also more traditional beers that can be enjoyed on a large scale.
Many micro breweries have also started opening small tasting rooms, which are also often popular with locals.
This can also help ease pressure on the small and mid-sized breweries in India by helping them to diversify their products.
In addition, India has recently started implementing a tax system that allows local and foreign brewers to set up micro and mini breweries, with tax revenue from these micro and minis expected to reach about $1 billion by 2021, according IBISworld.
In India, micro breweries produce about 70 percent of beer produced.
In 2018, more than 20 percent of the national output of beer was produced by small and medium breweries, according an IBIS report.
This figure is expected rise to 25 percent by 2020.
According to a report by Beverage Research, the number and size of micro beers has also grown rapidly in India over the past decade.
The craft and micro beer industries in India grew at an average annual rate of about 9 percent between 2010 and 2020.
The overall craft beer sales in 2017 was $8.8 billion.