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.

Beer dates

4000 years before J-C.
The Gauls
The Middle Age
The Industrial Revolution
Second World War
Today

The Beer was invented more than 4000 years BC. It appeared in Mesopotamia as a fermented drink made from grain and quickly spread across Egypt and Europe.

For the Gauls, the Cervoise is a true “magic potion”; it is made within families, mostly by the women. They are the Gauls who replaced the pottery vessels with wooden barrels to better control its fermentation and storage.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the church took control of the lands. The monks took interest this beverage and breweries seem to exist in every abbey. The Middle Ages payed recognition to the beer and during this time the monks carried out multiple experiments; thus manufacturing becomes more subtle and hops appears in the recipe around the eleventh century giving the beer its antiseptic properties. And so the beer acquired the bitterness and other flavor characteristics similar to those that we know today.

With the Industrial Revolution and scientific discoveries, beer entered the era of large-scale production and distribution. At the end of the nineteenth century, Louis Pasteur’s discoveries (1822-1895) concerning yeast and the preservation of food by “pasteurization” were essential to the process of beer production. They were also the basis for a better quality of beer, both in taste and in terms of its conservation.

After World War II, the number of breweries decreased and the small breweries disappeared or were bought out by larger breweries.

Nowadays, we see two major trends at the beer production: worldwide, major mergers between large brewing groups and, at the regional level, the revival of small and medium sized breweries, which develop a variety of products where quality is related to the land, as is the case for Mandrin brewery.

4000 years before J-C.
The Gauls
The Middle Age
The Industrial Revolution
Second World War
Today

History of Mandrin beer

The Brasserie Artisanale du Dauphiné is a business born in Grenoble.

It is the result of both my passion for good beer and a dream: revive the brewing tradition of Dauphine and restore Grenoble’s beer, after fifty years of absence. Indeed, the Grenoble brewery of the Frise (where my grandparents were employed in 1940-41) closed in 1955.

This dream became a reality in 2002 with the creation of the Mandrin brand.

It was in Seyssins, a commune of Vercors Regional Park, located ten minutes from Grenoble, in the kitchen and the cellar of my house that I developed the first recipe of Mandrin beer. I am the artisan brewer of this company, which employs seven people and has a manual stirring tool. My first goal is to produce and promote exceptional beers with perfect quality and extraordinary taste through the use of traditional methods and the selection of the best raw materials, including local products such as Dauphiné walnuts and, of course, the water of the Grenoble region!

Above all, it is the product and the pleasure it provides that makes the success of the Mandrin brand.