Local beers
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LOCAL BEERSThere are around thirty local breweries in Ille-et-Vilaine

Local Breton beer

Breton brews have gained a fine reputation with gourmet beer drinkers over the years.
Inspired by various Belgian, British and German brews, they are mixed with flavours typical of Brittany such as buckwheat, seaweed and seawater.

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A MYRIAD OF CRAFT BREWERIES

Ille-et-Vilaine has 31 craft breweries, many of which are recent creations in line with the resurgent interest for craft beers from Brittany, a region with a long brewing tradition. There are beers of every colour and to suit all tastes.

In Rennes, the most famous brewery was Graff which later became Kronenbourg Brewery until it closed in 2003.

 

 

LOCAL CHARACTER BEERS

There are a good many craft breweries and micro-breweries in the area around Rennes, like the well-known Brasserie Sainte-Colombe run by the first female master brewer in France. Brasserie Skumenn (Acigné) meaning froth in Breton, produces top-fermented beers and Brasserie de l’Ombre on the edge of Brocéliande Forest specialises in brewing rare, mysterious beers.

Others like the Brasserie du Vieux Singe are led by the desire to run a firm which champions and promotes cooperation, creativity, motivation and above all taste, in order to move away from the standard « Lager, White Beer, Amber Ale » brews.

All of them give star billing to cereals, malt, barley and wheat which are found in abundance within the département of Ille-et-Vilaine… plus a few secret ingredients !

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Making beer is a combination of science and art, a mixture of common sense and folly.

Alexis, brasserie du Vieux Singe

WELL-KNOWN BREWERIES IN ILLE-ET-VILAINE

Micro-breweries in Rennes

  • Origines: Rennes craft beer brewed in what was once the Hôtel Dieu hospital
  • Chez Alain, la cave des zythologues (haven for beer connoisseurs), 18 rue Poullain Duparc
  • Biozh, each label tells a story, carrefour de Jouaust
  • Maloan, craft beer in cans, 10 rue Vasselot
  • Le coin Mousse: drink on the premises or to take away, 4 Mail François
  • Brasserie Louarn, Rennes beer on sale at the Office de Tourisme, 1 rue Saint-Malo

 

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Craft breweries in Ille-et-Vilaine

  • Brasserie de l’Ombre, mysterious beers, Plélan-le-Grand
  • Skumenn, beer for discerning drinkers, Acigné.
  • Brasserie de Sainte-Colombe, a safe bet,  Sainte-Colombe
  • La brasserie de Montreuil-sur-Ille, the smallest brewery in Brittany
  • La Ferme-Brasserie Drao, at the heart of Pays Gallo
  • Bières Donac, the romantic Breton brewery, Tinténiac
  • Brasserie de la Bizhhh, Le Rheu
  • Bosco La bière, Saint-Malo
  • La Gaëlle musical brewery, Gaël
  • Brasserie de l’Emeraude, Dinard
  • Nyctalope Beer Co, Langon
  • Brasserie Nautica, La Baussaine

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