In 1997, four friends with complementary knowledge and talents,
who have lived in Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg have joined up
together to set up micro-breweries, making homemade brews for
the clients of the pubs.
They chose Geneva, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland,
and more precisely Place Cornavin for the location of their first
micro-brewery, then Lausanne by transforming a site that was previously
a bank. Nyon had then been picked for the third location of Les
The French term 'brasser' ('to brew') comes from the Latin verb
'braciare', derived from 'brace', 'brais' or 'brai' meaning 'ground
In the Middle Ages, the brewer practised a well-respected profession,
making barley beer or ale made by fermenting barley. This brew,
held in great esteem by the Celts and the Germans is the ancestor
of what we know today as beer. The name given to this craft has
survived through the centuries.