The group stages of the 2016 UEFA European Championship are almost over and I'm doing my best to drink my way through Europe. The next country to take part in my #beersofeuro2016 challenge is Switzerland. Over the years, Heineken and Carlsberg have been buying up small Swiss beer brands and now control over two thirds of the beers sales in the alpine nation. Fortunately, there is a healthy number of brewpubs, independent and micro-breweries working hard to make sure that the Swiss beer heritage lives on. Unfortunately for me, there isn't a huge export market for Swiss beer which meant that I had limited choice when it came to selecting my beer from Switzerland.
Switzerland have been drawn in Group A alongside tournament hosts France, Romania and Albania.
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 has 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 #beersofeuro2016