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THE WONDERFUL STORY OF Brasseurs Savoyards

FROM AN ADVENTURE WITH A CAPITAL A TO ORGANIC WITH A CAPITAL O THERE IS ONLY ONE STEP. BUT A GIANT STEP IN THE HISTORY OF THE BRASSEURS SAVOYARDS, THIRSTY FOR QUAILITY, TRADITIONAL BREWING AND BREWING INNOVATION.

Band of brothers

Taken over by Antoine and Etienne Onorati, two brothers who shared a passion in beer and all things organic, the Brasseurs Savoyards, which was struggling, entered a new dimension on 4th February 2014. The dimension of organic bubbles. The only thing to remain was the original name. The name "Brasseurs Savoyards" was already a strong brand which was worth a thousand words!

Everything was in this name. Brewing expertise, the local and artisanal dimension of the brewery and the pride in local produce. Why change? And so the Onorati brothers decided to keep this name Brasseurs Savoyards to return its former glory. The objective was quality, 100% organic and innovative, but authentic beers, just as US Craft Breweries, and therefore a brewery which fulfilled 3 essential criteria: human scale, independent and traditional.

As well as the name Brasseurs Savoyards, they also kept the brewery, but got rid of everything else from the past. Everything else changed when they arrived: the beer bottling line, bottle label designs, the name of products with the creation of new ranges of beers, packaging and of course, the recipes!

MASTER BREWERS

Inseparable from this audacious u-tern and this gamble on the future of organic artisanal beer, they recruited an experienced master brewer. Claude Thiery, with 35 years of brewing to his name for some world-renowned breweries or for himself, joined the adventure from the outset to bring his expertise and touch of genius to the already existing beers: blonde, blanche, ambrée, brune, génépi and blueberry.

After two years of trading, the Brasseurs Savoyards created a more elaborate range, in the "craft" spirit and inspired by various countries (USA, Belgium, etc.) named La Nonne [the Nun]. A name which may appear incongruous. And yet. Since the outset, beer has been intrinsically linked to women. Abbaye beers have been a part of the brewing history for centuries and are a permanent part of its effervescent history.

Hildegarde de Bingen, a Benedictine and who had quite a character, botanist and beerologist before the term had been invented, was delighted with the idea of inventing hops into beers made from cereals at the time. More than an evolution, it was a revolution! By bringing this beverage a new-found bitterness and complexity, she created a new future for beer. Enough for the Brasseurs Savoyards to pay homage to her in La Nonne range which was created in 2016. The first beer in the range was Nonne Triple and this was closely followed by Nonne I.P.A (India Pale Ale). The range then expanded with new beers: Nonne A.B.I. (Authentic Belgian Inspiration) and Nonne A.P.A. (American Pale Ale) at the end of 2017.

KING OF COMPETITIONS

Very soon, Brasseurs Savoyards took part in competitions and won many awards: Concours Général Agricole (Salon de l’Agriculture) 2016/2017/2018, World Beer Awards, France Bière Challenge… which they enjoyed as much as a good swig of beer to celebrate these awards with an expanding team which includes as many beer lovers as members. This allowed them to find more space for their wonderful adventure. Due to their success, the Brasseurs Savoyards moved to Alby-sur-Chéran in summer 2017, into premises two and a half times the size of the previous premises.

And, in their new brewery, they also made 7 new creations in 2018, taking the number of their products to 19. Almost as many as they have employees! This allows them to brew new ideas and also high quality organic beers, more than ever artisanal and traditional.

As what doesn't change are the values of the company with, at the core of the DNA of the Brasseurs Savoyards, respect of the environment, love of the brewing sector in respect of the product and client, the will to develop a family company whilst keeping the spirit of fraternity and mutual assistance between all employees, advanced integrity and clearly the desire to make healthy products for daily consumption.

As you have understood,
the Brasseurs Savoyards is a combination of personalities and malts and cereals as well as a history which is continuing to grow since time is necessary so as a brewing company and its best beers can give the best of themselves.