by Géraldine Allard
Brasserie du Mont-Blanc
Mont-Blanc Blonde is brewed by Sylvain and his team at Brasserie du Mont-Blanc, in Les Houches adjacent to Chamonix high up in the French Alps. The brewery has a long history with the first beers being produced in 1850. Like all high quality beers the key to great characteristics is ingredients. At the centre of this is the water. In the case of Brasserie du Month-Blanc, the water is from alpine glaciers harvested at the source of the Enchapeuze at an altitude of 2074m. Along with purity enhanced from being sourced at a high altitude, a low mineral content makes it ideal for brewing.
The region surrounding Brasserie du Mont-Blanc has (over the years) produced many beers over the last century with eight breweries operating at the peak. Hops were cultivated in the nearby region of Bonneville which along pure water from favoured Alp sites of Annemasse, Bonneville, Sallanches and Chamonix produced an array of beverages for the region. In Chamonix for example, the Brasserie des Frères Coutets was in operation for several decades, using ice from the Mer de glace to cool and control the beer fermentation process.
Today it is Sylvain and his Brasserie du Mont-Blanc team have revived these traditions and brews their beer range using this purest of water, ingredients and tradition.