For over 170 years, the family have brewed their remarkable birre using their own recipe and only five simple ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast & brewer’s maize. Placed at the crossroads of Europe at the foot of the Alps, Menabrea source the finest ingredients available. Our barley comes from Vitry-le-Francois in the heart of Champagne country, recognised as the premier barley producing region of France. Our hops come from Hallertau, Bavaria. Gently aromatic, but harder to grow than other varieties, they truly deserve their designation as “noble hops”. Our water flows naturally from pure Alpine glaciers straight to our brewery.
The Alps have played their part in the ageing process, too. In the early days, our Master Brewers would use ice and snow from the mountains to cool their barrels of birre as they were stored underground during the lagering process. They found that maturing this way for 30 days produced the unique, complex and refreshing taste that makes Menabrea a truly rewarding and refreshing birra.
Five generations later, not much has changed. Even today, you’ll find the same family, headed by Franco Thedy, the same passionate attention to detail and, most importantly, the same birra. Which is why, in the stylish bars of Milan and Turin when you ask for a birra, it’s likely you’ll be served a Menabrea.
Now launched in the On-Trade to consumers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Menabrea is distributed exclusively by C&C Group.