The Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes (BFM) started in 1997, and has been one of the pillars of the Swiss craft beer renaissance ever since. BFM's range of bottle-conditioned, top- and bottom-fermented beers is as staunchly original as our region.
The Franches-Montagnes (ancient French for "Free Mountains") are part of the Jura Mountains, along the North-Western Border of Switzerland. The region has been for centuries famous for its watches made by master craftsmen, a tradition still very much alive, but which has been joined over the years by some of the most advanced research facilities in the watch making field.
This happy combination of tradition and modernism is also evident in BFM's famed nectars, all crafted in small batches and hand-bottled at 1002 metres (3287 ft.) above sea level by the brewmaster himself.
Speaking of the brewmaster: Jérôme Rebetez was formally trained as an oenologist. This brought him the knack for giving his produce a touch of nobility, which can be found in the best beer cellars and on the menu of the best gourmet cooks all over Switzerland. His creations are a subtle combination of the vintner's taste and the convivial pleasures of sharing a beer with friends. A combination also is infused with the passionately independent spirit of the Jura mountain-folk. Those beers are a rare breed that is not to be ignored.