I wouldn't think homebrewing would be so popular in France, beer is so cheap there.
Bland eurolager like Kronenbourg 1664 etc is cheap. But who wants to drink that? Not me.
€6 (AUD$9) can get you a six pack of Leffe, which is 'just' OK but nothing special.
Whereas microbrewed craft beer (either local French or imports from Belgium, Germany, UK or the USA) in French supermarkets is about €2 - €2.50 for a 350mL bottle or €8 - €10 a six pack. Plus the selection even in bigger supermarkets like Microprix is not very big (the only liquor shops they have there are like specialty wine boutiques), craft beer is not available in just about any restaurant or bar, so you need to seek out where the brewpubs or craft beer bars are to get an IPA.
So, yes it would be worth brewing your own. The reason it's not so popular is that craft beer isnt the drink of choice. Most people drink wine or to a much lesser extent lager. Though what I was told by bar staff is that this is changing, slowly.
Edited by Phoney, 11 January 2017 - 08:55 PM.