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Graubünden, the Beer Canton
Davoser Craft Beer
The Davoser brewery is one of the most recent and is perhaps Graubünden’s wildest microbrewery. At any rate, wild and impetuous are certainly words used to describe the so-called Davoser Wildmannli – a mythical figure from the Grison Alps. According to ancient legend, he brewed Graubünden’s first beer using mountain grain and the brewery’s logo features this little character. The product range includes a sparkling blonde ale, a hoppy pale ale and a fruity India pale ale. These are complemented each year with four limited editions that are only available for a brief period.
“To be honest, it was a crazy idea to brew beer in the Lower Engadine”, admits the website for the Engadiner brewery. But it turns out not to have been such a crazy idea after all, because the beer from Bieraria Tschlin has been highly sought after from the start. Lots of restaurants and food shops in Engadine continue to offer it today, demonstrating immense loyalty to the brand and seeing sales go from strength to strength. Four varieties of beer are available: cler, Ambra, pale ale craft beer and Biosfera Weizen.
Engadiner Bier Pontresina Brewery
What began as a hobby for the company Käslin Getränke AG is now being run successfully as an additional business. The Engadiner Bier Pontresina brewery is now well established as a local supplier and sales are going so well the brewing area had to be expanded in 2015. Five varieties are offered with the following names: Bernina, Gletscher, Palü, Bellavista and Black Boval. All are brewed using pure natural products.
Named after the Walser valley, in which the brewery is located, Monstein beer has been providing refreshment for thirsty beer lovers since 2001. Nowadays, BierVision Monstein AG has about 1,200 shareholders from all over the world and it brews various speciality Monstein beers using crystal-clear mountain spring water, Swiss hops and other ingredients, such as local organic mountain barley malt from Gran Alpin. The five varieties of beer on offer are available all year round and include Steinbock beer, which was awarded the “Gourmet Knospe” by the Federation of Swiss organic farmers in 2014.
Churer Stadtbier is still a young business and only began brewing in the canton capital of Chur in 2011. Their product range includes three varieties, with the 4-seasons beers being a particular speciality. “I like to honour each season with its own beer”, explains founder Sacha Schibli. Since Stadtbier was established, this has resulted in the creation of all sorts of wonderful varieties. The products are available at various outlets in Chur or via direct sales from the brewery.