Title: From Monasteries to Multinationals (and Back): A Historical Review of the Beer Economy
Authors: Poelmans, Eline ×
Swinnen, Johan #
Editors: Stavins, Robert N
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: American Association of Wine Economists
Series Title: Journal of Wine Economics vol:6 issue:2 pages:196-216
Abstract: This article reviews beer production, consumption and the industrial organization of breweries throughout history. Monasteries were the centers of the beer economy in the early Middle Ages. Innovation and increased demand later induced the growth of commercial breweries. Globalization and scientific discoveries transformed the beer industry and increased competition from the 16th through the 19th century. The 20th century was characterized by dramatic (domestic and international) consolidation, major shifts in consumption patterns, and the re-emergence of small breweries.
ISSN: 1931-4361
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Economic History, Leuven
Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Department of ECON-CEDON, Campus Brussels
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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