Sooser-Bier is closing, Blackwell is closing,… Why do we see a crisis in the Swiss craft beer market? A search for clues and proposals for solutions
The Swiss craft beer scene is very dynamic. It is developing rapidly, with dozens of new breweries joining every year. And Switzerland is our home. That’s why we pay special attention to the Swiss craft beer scene. Because we want to take Swiss craft beer a step further.
Bierversuche.ch is a craft beer online magazine and blog. We cover craft beer tastings. We write about beer awards. And we provide background information about the craft beer market and the (Swiss) craft beer scene.
Blackwell closes and we’re pissed off
As of 1 May, Blackwell announced that it will close down its brewery. As customers, friends and collab-partners we hate that. Here’s why!
Hobby vs. Pro
Is it unfair if pro and home brewers compete against each other at the same contest? And how can you tell the difference of a home-brewer and a professional brewery?
Swiss breweries do not want a definition of craft beer
Do we all understand the same thing by the term craft beer? Probably not, which is why there are always attempts to define the term or the phenomenon. In our survey of Swiss breweries, we also asked what they consider craft beer to be and what they don’t consider it to be. Do the breweries agree? Here is our analysis.
Swiss brewery names – or does every city need its own brew factory and garage brewing?
We found many similar names of breweries in the world. Now we have taken a closer look at the situation in Switzerland. Here are our findings.
Digital transformation meets craft beer: Artificial intelligence creates beer recipe
Can a robot, in the sense of an artificial being with artificial intelligence, design a beer recipe? Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Jaywalker Digital and MN Brew wanted to find out. And so did we.
Sour beer breweries are the better Swiss breweries – according to Untappd Top 50
Swiss breweries are not world class and at least 5 other findings from the Untappd Top 50 Swiss Breweries.
Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien is the best Swiss craft beer…and the second best and third best
Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien dominates the Untappd list of the top 50 Swiss beers and at least 5 other notable findings.
Support our local breweries – part 2: ramp sales and take-away offers
The coronavirus will be with us for several more weeks and every day that a company cannot generate revenue makes survival more difficult and uncertain. This is especially problematic for small businesses and the majority of our favourite breweries are microbreweries. Their survival is not guaranteed.
Supports our local breweries – part 1: online offers
The coming weeks and months will be a challenge for countless small businesses. This includes your favourite breweries, favourite bars and favourite bottleshops.
You can only get it there: Bürgenbräu on the Bürgenstock
Up there it is, the Bürgestock Resort. We looked up from the ship and thought about how the day would turn out. The name of the hotel awakens weak memories: Half knowledge about glamour and disappointment about the intermediate status, the long uncertainty about what will happen with the Bürgenstock. On this day we will ascend the mountain and have an exclusive beer.
The champions of the Swiss craft beer scene
The Swiss craft beer scene has experienced an almost incomparable boom in recent years. But as not only quantity but also quality counts, quality control with constructive and expert feedback is needed. At the Brau- und Rauch Beer Contest, the Swiss Beer Award with the most entries, an expert jury judged the submitted beers independently and impartially using the “Double Blind” method. This year, Torkelbräu lager from Niederlenz impressed the jury the most and was the overall winner.