There’s a très cool atmosphere in the Lanterne microbrewery with welcoming seating among the splendid copper kettles. This place revisits classics and introduces new varieties like the fresh Casablanca, a white beer, brewed with barley malt, wheat and oats for ‘vigor’.
5 Rue de la Lanterne, Strasbourg, France +33 3 88 32 10 10
An unbeatable location is the main strength of Brasserie Kohler-Rehm, smack in the heart of Strasbourg on the pedestrian Place Kléber. A tank of freshly brewed authentic Alsace beer made by a renowned master brewer from the Brasserie Storig in Schiltigheim is poured directly into your glass. That and a couple of freshly baked pretzels and you have a recipe for a lovely hour or so watching the light change as the afternoon sun fades. Indeed, you can’t beat half-price happy hour from 4pm to 6pm.
13 Rue des Grandes Arcades, Strasbourg, France +33 3 88 32 15 93
Alsatians love beer and the drink is one of the most iconic products of the area. Founded by Jean Hatt in 1764, the brewery L’Espérance, remained active until 1863 before closing its doors. After more than a century asleep, beer production began again in 1991 and the establishment was reopened to the public under the name Au Brasseur. Hoping to preserve tradition and perpetuate ancestral know-how, they continue to develop and produce their own beers two decades later.
22, rue des Veaux, Strasbourg, France +33 3 88 36 12 13
This is for dedicated connoisseurs – it’s a bit out of the way in another zipcode, and it’s not a pub or bar, it has all the glamour of a factory floor… but loyal customers rave about it so we are thinking it might be worth a side-trip. About 4.5km south of Strasbourg is Bière Artisanale Artzner, where you can make an appointment to visit the elaboration of the beer and stop by for a tasting while you stock up in the shop. The brasserie opened for business in 1882 by Pierre Hoeffel, the great-great-grandfather of Christian Artzner, the current owner.
Bieres Artisanales Artzner, 11 rue de l’Ardèche, 67100 Strasbourg, France +33 + 6 89 84 30 41
A new micro-brewery was born in Starsbourg in 2013. Benjamin Pastwa launched his own micro-brewery Bendorf, a name that has nothing to do with the small Alsatian village of Bendorf, but is coined from the combination of his first name with the Neudorf district in Strasbourg where Benjamin is originally from.
Brasserie Bendorf, 114 Rue Jean Jaurès, Strasbourg, France +33(0)6 70 55 72 08