Just a stone’s throw away from Strasbourg in the picturesque village of Hochfelden in Alsace, lies Brasserie Meteor. Having been in operation for nearly 400 years, it remains the largest family-owned independent brewery in France.
In 1640, a certain Jean Klein set up the brasserie at the same site as today, with Martin Metzger purchasing the business in 1840. In 1898, his daughter married Louis Haag, resulting in the creation of ‘Brasserie Metzger Haag’, with the decision to rename the business to ‘Meteor’ coming in 1925. The Haag family remain in charge of the brasserie to this day, saying that “for nearly four centuries, we have been devoted to the production of high quality beers using local hops and water from the Vosges mountains”.
In 1927, a key date in the brasserie’s history, Meteor Pils was launched – a blonde beer that enjoyed huge success. Pilsner 27 continues to win multiple awards and is just one of the Meteor beers that can be found on Bellanger’s bar menu – a delicately bitter brew with floral notes from the aromatic Alsacienne and Czech hops.
And as the temperature drops in London, Bellanger is also proud to offer its festive Meteor beer – Brassin D’Hiver. A well-kept secret at Meteor for a long time, this particular beer is created with a slightly richer flavour than the rest. Amber in colour, it has notes of spiced orange with a touch of caramel and is the perfect accompaniment to rich French foods, such as our Calf’s Liver with Black Bacon and Sage.
Extremely proud of its Alsacienne origins, Brasserie Meteor remains committed to promoting the region. In 1996, it was one of the founding companies of the ‘Club des Saveurs d’Alsace’ – a group of nine businesses dedicated to promoting and developing Alsacienne gastronomy. And that, of course, is something Bellanger is very happy to support.