In Alsace, France, along a hilly agricultural area between Strasbourg and Saverne, lies the small town of Hochfelden, home of Brasserie Meteor. The neighboring Germans are famed for having an incredibly rich and ancient brewing culture, and given their immense cultural influence on the area it should come as no surprise that brewing has been documented going back an incredibly long way in Alsace, as well, where the nearby Vosges Mountains provide exceptional water for brewing. In the case of Hochfelden, the first historical documentation of brewing operations dates back to the year 870.
Brewing was well-established by 1640 when Jean Klein built a brewery in the current location of Brasserie Meteor. The Metzger family came into control of the brewery in 1844, and in 1898 they were joined by marriage to another brewing family, the Haags, who were brewers in the nearby town of Ingwiller. The Haag family continues to own and operate the brewery to this very day.
It was in 1925, under the leadership of Louis Haag and his sons Frederick and Alfred, that the name Meteor was applied to the brewery. Since that time their rise has been, well, meteoric, especially in the couple of decades following WWII when they hit the 100,000 hectoliter/yr mark, then double that by 1966. Today they’ve eclipsed the 500,000 hl mark, employ 200 people and have distribution throughout France and a powerful brand in Alsace where they are the last independently-owned brewery in the region.
We always find it refreshing to feature an independently-owned, family-run brewery like Brasserie Meteor, where—as they make a point to emphasize—quality, human ethics, and environmental awareness are at the core of their business philosophy. They source the finest malts in France from Beauce, Brie, and Gâtinais, while their hops are sourced locally in Alsace and from the famous hop growers of the Czech Republic. We’ll have to take their word on the ethics and environmental issues, but as far as the quality is concerned, that very clearly speaks for itself when you taste their beer.
If you would like to learn more (and if you read French), visit www.brasserie-meteor.fr