Hi David, I'm also sorry I live so far away from you. However, I recently went to a local beer festival at Bessèges in the Cévennes. It was a novelty for this region, because they make a lot of good wine around here, but I was very impressed with the products on offer from the dozen or so local (NImes/Ales/Montpelier) artisan brewers so good luck with your enterprise as the French do like good beer.
The only downside was that there was a UK brewer from London with a stall who failed to fly the flag by only having one hand written sign in English, couldn't speak any French and served, the few who bothered to sample his goods, after taking his T shirt off to display his white, spotty, skinny chest. I'm sure you would be a much better ambassador for your own product.