The FIFA World Cup 2014 is almost over with just two more matches left to play so I better get a shift on drinking the rest of my beers from the competing nations. The next country to enter my #beersoftheworldcup challenge is Switzerland. After much internet browsing it soon became clear that the land of clocks does not produce a huge amount of beer, in fact I could only find mention of two brands which were both fairly difficult to source but in the end I managed to lay my hands on a bottle of 1936 Biere.
The Brewery is owned by the Locher Family who took over the brewery back in 1886 and it has remained a family business until this day.
The words Switzerland and Nuetral often go hand in hand so it's no surprise to see that the brewery is also a leader in the field of climate protection and is the first brewery in Switzerland to take an active lead in safeguarding the environment. In view of the fact that they are unable to prevent all emissions despite the implementation of environmental measures, they have committed themselves to balance their CO2 output in collaboration with myclimate.org, an internationally recognised non-profit organisation.
1936 pours with a light golden straw colour and foamy head that dissipates to leave a light lacing on top of the beer. Sweet citrusy aromas are easily identified as are notes of honey. To taste, the beer flavours of toasted oats with a little vanilla coming through. For such a pale lager, the 1936 still managed to produce a nice bitter hops finish.
Overall, I liked it and would definitely drink 1936 Biere again, if only it were easier to source!
Keep up to date with my progress on Twitter as I try to complete my challenge and you can let me know which Swiss beers you would pick, using the hashtag #beersoftheworldcup