PÈRE JAKOB BIERGARTEN
by Geli Carney
Père Jakob, one of Geneva’s most successful craft beer producers, has thrown open the brewery doors for the weekend and invited us in for tastings, live music, fresh crepes and flammenkuchen and even personalised screen painting of your favourite t-shirt by hip designer Artisanart.
Situated in Soral, in the heart of Geneva’s bucolic countryside, the festival opened last night (Thursday) and continues throughout the weekend until 7pm this Sunday. Click here for the full programme of live music and events. (Also read our article about where you can learn more about craft beers and other drinks from around the world in Geneva)
So with a glass in hand, lively music and a friendly atmosphere, I can think of few nicer ways to spend a lazy, summer afternoon in Geneva which is why I plan to take the opportunity to discover the full range of this great local brewery, its producers and ethos.
What makes Père Jakob beer so appealing? Well, its environmental credentials are excellent: it’s entirely additive free and unfiltered. Hops are imported from nearby France (there is currently no hop cultivation here in Geneva) and 95% of the malt used is sourced locally and of excellent quality (guaranteed by the Cercle des Agriculteurs as ‘extenso’ grade –i.e. the plants are fungicide and pesticide-free). Beer is sold in reusable bottles and production is carried out using renewable energy sources. The range varies but always has quality at its heart.
Runs from Thursday 13th-Sunday 16th July 2017. Friday and Saturday 11am–11pm & Sunday 11am–7pm.
Père Jakob, 84 chemin des Effeuilles, 1286 Soral, Genève.