Poland lags behind only Germany and the UK in terms of beer production, but it’s far from just a quantity thing there. With burgeoning scenes in Krakow, Warsaw, and Wroclaw leading the way, the country’s finding itself with an impressive array of options from upstarts like Artezan and AleBrowar, meaning it’s not just Zywiec and Okocim (though rest assured you’ll find plenty of that, too).
Basically, all that stuff we say below about the Czech Republic, but smaller and more concentrated, with microbreweries popping up like weeds, especially in Bratislava, which is slowly becoming a destination for folks looking to go beyond the traditional Central Euro styles. So... get ready for hipsters, Slovakia!
OK look -- most hardened brewing devotees probably wouldn't list suds as the top reason to pay a visit to France, but hey, if there's one thing the French like almost as much as wine, it's revolutions, so it's no shock that France's beer scene has experienced some serious upheaval in recent years, with upstart brasseries and other small outfits turning local heads all over the country, and even within Paris proper (where, as you can imagine, brewing real estate is not easy/inexpensive to come by). Why yes, one of them is called Get Radical, how'd you guess?