History

Our history

It all began from a great passion for beer, a longing to experiment and turn a mere hobby into something more concrete. After two years of theoretical training, numerous trials and experiments, Rémy Charbonnier decides to quit his engineering job and pours his heart and soul into this new adventure. In 2010 he opens a small brewery in Etroubles (approximately 250m²) and begins producing Les Bières du Grand St. Bernard. Stefano Collé is by his side right from the start after quitting his job as a ski instructor. In July 2010 the first beers are launched on the market: Napea, Balance and Amy, which are still the brewery’s key labels. From 2011 onwards, a run of new brews comes out including GNP(a Génépy-flavoured tripel), Blou (our roggen “weiss style” rye beer), Via Francigena (ordinary bitter) and finally, the baby of the family, Couche (pumpkin ale makes its appearance at Christmastime 2014).

Thanks to the excellent results achieved, the Etroubles brewery begins to outgrow its premises in 2017, lacking the necessary space required to keep up with production demands. Now is the time for Remy and Stefano to relaunch their initial project by expanding and upgrading the company. They decide to relocate the brewery to Gignod which, being only several kilometres down valley from Etroubles, also means staying faithful to the Great St Bernard Valley. The new premises covers a surface area of over 4,000m², houses a state-of-the-art technological brewing plant with an output capacity of over 35hl, a customer sales and exhibition area measuring 300m², offices, meeting room and ample parking. All this in a truly special strategic position along the main road leading to the Great St Bernard Pass that connects Italy and Switzerland.