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Old 15.12.2011, 15:04
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

In case anybody missed it, this year's winter special from Turbinenbräu is an English-style brown ale. I tried it the other week and it's credible. I think it's a limited edition and not broadly available so hurry before it's gone.
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Old 15.12.2011, 16:51
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

aaaaand up goes the blood pressure..again.

"pfauen" is nothing more than a blasted marketing gimmick. They keep on marketing it as the true and only rapperswiller beer where it is of course not. It’s just another bland Rosengarten lager like most of their "beers".

And by the way, could there be any beer more disappointing than feldschloschen's winter bier?? By Jove! What a depressingly bland beer that completely misses the point of a winter beer! barbarians!

I feel better now, thanks

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When checking out "local" "microbrews", it never hurts to look a little closer. Saw a new Rapperswil beer being promoted last week - well, their offices are in Rapperswil, but upon closer questioning it turns out they actually outsource the brewing to some other company up in Einsiedeln.

Not that there's anything wrong with brewing in Einsiedeln, but seems a bit disingenuous to market it as Rapperswil beer. Suppose that's marketing for you though.

BTW this was not the Rappi Bier Factory mentioned above (and where Grumpy does his fantastic ploughman's lunches in the summer); theirs is definitely brewed on site.
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In case anybody missed it, this year's winter special from Turbinenbräu is an English-style brown ale. I tried it the other week and it's credible. I think it's a limited edition and not broadly available so hurry before it's gone.
Do you mean the "IPA" with the label "Club Bier"? If so, it tastes a bit like soap. I'm trying one now.

I think the hops are off.
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Old 16.12.2011, 11:51
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Do you mean the "IPA" with the label "Club Bier"? If so, it tastes a bit like soap. I'm trying one now.

I think the hops are off.
No it's a a dark beer. The club beer is something different.
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

I see that most of Swiss microbrews come from the German part of Switzerland (which would be kind of obvious, since the French part specializes more in wine). Does anyone know where I could find any of them in Geneva?

Here, as I said in a previous post, the only Swiss beers I have tried are the most common ones: Feldschlösschen, Cardinal and Calanda (boy, I hate this last one...).

Also there is a very hipster place (Ilôt 13, a former occupied block) where you can get a Turbinenbräu, but for some reason most of the times it tastes almost as barf. I guess there is something wrong with their kegs or faucet.


From Geneva, the only microbrew I know is the town's special Calvinus (http://www.calvinus.ch), which is hard to find and really expensive usually. I've seen it in Coop for around 3chf a bottle. I enjoy their 'blanche' a lot, and encourage you to try it. If any bar has it, it will be advertised clearly. One of them for example is a little kiosk in the middle of river, next to Haut de l'ile (http://g.co/maps/56vnw) where your can get a pint of Calvinus for only 6 chf, it's surprising. Better in summer of course.
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

Also in Geneva you can find some nice home-brewed beers in a few restaurants. In French they are always called 'Brasseurs' o 'Brasserie', which means brewers or brewery. I know of:

- Lord Nelson Pub / Brasserie du Molard (I never know which of the names is the right one): http://www.lordnelsonpub.ch/
- Les Brasseurs: http://www.les-brasseurs.ch
- Brasseurs des Grottes: http://www.brasseurs.ch/

They are quite good, quite above average commercial beers in my opinion. But as my friends always say, those 3 places taste suspiciously similar, and usually have the same varieties (blonde, blanche, ambree and special)



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I live in Wadenswil and I have the chance to enjoy Wadenswiler beer regularly. Hirnibrau helps sponsor my basketball team, so we also have the opportunity to enjoy the greatest beer in the world. I know that is quite a statement. But Hirnibrau (hell) is the best tasting beer I have EVER had. I implore anybody to get out and get some if they can.
If you know someone from the brewery, perhaps you could ask them if they 'export' their beer to the French part of Switzerland, please? I don't know how far do those microbrews "travel" in this country.
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I see that most of Swiss microbrews come from the German part of Switzerland (which would be kind of obvious, since the French part specializes more in wine). Does anyone know where I could find any of them in Geneva?

Here, as I said in a previous post, the only Swiss beers I have tried are the most common ones: Feldschlösschen, Cardinal and Calanda (boy, I hate this last one...).

Also there is a very hipster place (Ilôt 13, a former occupied block) where you can get a Turbinenbräu, but for some reason most of the times it tastes almost as barf. I guess there is something wrong with their kegs or faucet.


From Geneva, the only microbrew I know is the town's special Calvinus (http://www.calvinus.ch), which is hard to find and really expensive usually. I've seen it in Coop for around 3chf a bottle. I enjoy their 'blanche' a lot, and encourage you to try it. If any bar has it, it will be advertised clearly. One of them for example is a little kiosk in the middle of river, next to Haut de l'ile (http://g.co/maps/56vnw) where your can get a pint of Calvinus for only 6 chf, it's surprising. Better in summer of course.

A good location to look for breweries by location is www.bov.ch.
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No it's a a dark beer. The club beer is something different.
I'll have to look for that. I've heard of it but haven't been able to try it out yet. Thanks for the reminder.
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

This weekend I tried a beer called "Eichhof" while visiting Lucern, and it really surprised me. I have no idea if it was because I was on holidays, the sunrays we were getting or the feeling of a cold beer after a long day walking. But it was by far the best I have tried in Switzerland.

I know it's difficult, but any idea if it is possible to find it anywhere on Geneva?
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

Beer and Whiskey are a man's worst enemies!!!

A man who runs from his enemies is a coward!!!
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This weekend I tried a beer called "Eichhof" while visiting Lucern, and it really surprised me. I have no idea if it was because I was on holidays, the sunrays we were getting or the feeling of a cold beer after a long day walking. But it was by far the best I have tried in Switzerland.

I know it's difficult, but any idea if it is possible to find it anywhere on Geneva?
Which Eichhof? Eichhof is the brewery (in Lucern), and they produce a range of beers ... steer clear of the Pony, if you can!

Should be available in Geneva ... have you tried Coop?
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

I've just discovered a great Swiss beer! It is a microbrewery opened a year ago by a Swiss guy who has spent quite a few years in US and UK. He makes low quantity ale's which are just heaven. I went to the the one year celebration and tasting event last week and it was truly a great event.

check it out: http://suedwerk.ch

His beer is not cheap! the guy truly loves making this beer. Some of his ingredients come from US.
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

Pint of Watneys Red Barrell anybody??
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I've just discovered a great Swiss beer! It is a microbrewery opened a year ago by a Swiss guy who has spent quite a few years in US and UK. He makes low quantity ale's which are just heaven. I went to the the one year celebration and tasting event last week and it was truly a great event.

check it out: http://suedwerk.ch

His beer is not cheap! the guy truly loves making this beer. Some of his ingredients come from US.
Isn't this beer even available in Coop? I think I saw it there.
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Old 22.03.2012, 22:20
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Isn't this beer even available in Coop? I think I saw it there.
Indeed. It is sold bia Coop and few other outfits.
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

Another local ancient small brewery* in Baden producing decent beer: Muller (http://www.brauerei-mueller.ch/home). Only tried their "Gold" which is very drinkable on a scorching afternoon, basically a regular beer for a lazy cafe afternoon.


Worth trying if you see it. They do dunkels too.


*If a brewery has been around since the 1800s should you call it a microbrewery, even if it seems to have a small circulation?
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

What a helpful thread in these hot summer days!
My favourites are:
http://http://www.uelibier.ch/default.aspx?code=90

and

http://http://www.unser-bier.ch/inde...107&Itemid=109

Cheers!
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Re: Swiss Beer Appreciation Thread

Rapperswil Craft Bier Festival coming up soon (2nd Sept.). They will apparently have several local microbrews there.

http://www.bierfactory.ch/wp-content...stival_EN1.jpg
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Rapperswil Craft Bier Festival coming up soon (2nd Sept.). They will apparently have several local microbrews there.

http://www.bierfactory.ch/wp-content...stival_EN1.jpg

22 different beers from 16 different swiss craft brewers.
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Rapperswil Craft Bier Festival coming up soon (2nd Sept.). They will apparently have several local microbrews there.

http://www.bierfactory.ch/wp-content...stival_EN1.jpg
I hope that doesn't clash with the luzern cheese festival which is about then too. that would be uncool.
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