Q: When is a bar not a bar? A: When it is a whole micro-brewery instead! The Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (more commonly aka the 'MBC') is a totally original hang-out for Chamonix.
Run by four Canadians with a passion for beer who wanted to do something completely different, you are invited to go along and sample their highly regarded and naturally produced real ales and lagers. Those on offer range from the Blonde de Chamonix light pilsner (light, smooth, refreshing), via the Granite Pale Ale (amber, caramelly ale) through to hardcore Stout des Drus (rich, strong coffee/chocolate taste) and are all made from the finest malts, hops, and yeasts available without preservatives or additives.
The MBC is decked out in part with the fermenting tanks and vessels and otherwise resembles what you would imagine a Canadian pub to look like. One thing is for certain there is a lively buzz inside - no doubt merrily fuelled by the contents of those same barrels or the range of other 'normal' drinks.
Being slightly out of town (opposite the ice rink and sports centre) the MBC relies on its strong reputation for good beer and live entertainment: there are often great live bands playing during apres-ski and in the evenings. As part of the experience you can also enjoy authentic world flavour cooking as there is a full restaurant menu available [see our Restaurants page for a review].
Once a year, coinciding with the World Climbing Championships in mid-July, the MBC organises Chamonix's own and only Beer Festival where they invite many local breweries to share their wares - where else can you get Green Beer (flavoured with Génepi, a local plant)? - which in typical style always ends up in a massive party. The event takes place mainly outside, accompanied by a huge BBQ, live music and a close up view of the closing firework display.
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