Microbreweries are becoming more and more popular, and so too are the beers of Savoie.
Their beers are made using water from the glaciers and lakes in the region. Because it contains few minerals, Savoie Mont Blanc water is ideal to make beer.
After a day in the mountains or a hot day by the lake, enjoy a cold locally-made beer! With 24 microbreweries in the area, there is always a new Savoie beer to sample. Here are some of our favourites...
La Brassiere Alpine
La Brasserie Alpine makes the new 3 Vallées beer. It is a blond beer, 100% brewed in the Tarentaise Valley and bottled at La Brasserie Alpine. A 3 Vallées white beer and a red ale will also be launched this spring. The 3 Vallées beer can be found on the menus of some of the most exclusive restaurants, such as Le Chabotté in Courchevel and Le Farçon in La Tania.
Brasserie du Galibier
At 1,430m, the Brasserie du Galibier, in Valloire, is France’s highest microbrewery, in fact it's one of the highest in Europe. Le Galibier, a famous summit in the French Alps, has exceptionally pure water straight from the glacier. Thanks to the high-quality water and the knowledge of the Master brewer, Le Galibier brewery makes three types of excellent beer.
La Marmotte Beer
Brewed and drank in Saint-Gervais, La Marmotte Beer is made at the foot of Mont-Blanc and can be bought at the Pur Bar in Saint-Gervais.
Brasserie du Mont Blanc
Two times World Champion, The Brasserie du Mont Blanc in Chambéry has been recognised twice at the World Beer Awards – in 2013 for its white beer and two years later, the Rousse du Mont Blanc took the title for the world’s best amber ale.
Brasserie des Cîmes
La Brasserie des Cîmes, located in Aix-les-Bains, makes five excellent beers, each of them with a funky label. There are three blonds (Cimoise, Hors Piste and Yéti), a white beer (l’Aiguille Blanche) and a pale ale (Piste Noire).
Brasserie de la Vallée du Giffre
The Brasserie de la Vallée du Giffre in Morillon makes 12 types of beer, all low in alcohol.
Bec Jaune Brewery
The Bec Jaune Brewery in Morzine brews its own beer as well as importing a large selection of beers. Enjoy a beer with some of their delicious food made with local and seasonal products.
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC)
In Chamonix, the MBC (Micro Brasserie de Chamonix) also makes its own beer and serves a large variety of burgers and other food, including a chicken wing challenge on Mondays where their wings are half price and you can try to see your way through a basket of 24!