History of Mandrin
The Mandrin beer is named for Louis Mandrin, a famous smuggler born in Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, growing area of walnuts.
In the Dauphiné, this French Robin Hood left an image of justice as the defender of poor people. He was the first, more than 30 years before the French Revolution, to rebel against the omnipotence of The Generals Farmers, the organization who collected the taxes. As chief of a band of several hundred men, Mandrin cloths, spices, tobacco into France to sell. He took pleasure in ridiculing the power. Though he was killed in Valence in 1755, his legend has remained throughout the centuries.