Is beer considered in Lorraine as the nectar of the gods?
Pasteur honed his research into fermentation at the Tourtel brewery in
Tantonville and the region is the third largest producer of beer in France.
With its family breweries, small brewers and brewer-farms, it is
certainly ensuring that beers remains alive and well as it has been in the
past. Just look at the museums dedicated to beer in Stenay, Ville-sur-Illon
But there are other drinks that also help us to pay homage to local
fare, for example the wines from Toul including the famous Gris de Toul
which has had an AOC (registered designation of origin, Appellation dâ€™Origine
ContrĂ´lĂ©e) since 1998, or the wines of Moselle and the CĂ´tes de Meuse.
In the south of Vosges, a number of producers have specialised in the
production of â€śsmall winesâ€ť, thereby perpetuating local and family traditions.
Flowers, fruit or wild plants are used to make these drinks which are
popular as aperitifs or liqueurs.
As to Lorraineâ€™s distillers, they use local expertise and
the lush natural environment to breathe life into superb brandies made from
the famous mirabelle plum, other plums, raspberries, the fruit of