Often, people debate what real and fake brewers are. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and even La Fine Mousse has chosen one (even if the members of the team have their own views).
The main vocabulary is gipsy brewer, ‘bières à façon’, bières étiquettes and brewery projects.
A gipsy brewer is a someone who creates recipes and brews the beer in a partner brewery. This is often called Contract brewing. Marketing and sales are done directly by the brewer.
A gipsy brewer is someone who is normally very good at creating beer recipes. They only do one part of the job because they do not physically brew, which is the most intensive part of the process. Brewing mean making a choice, investing in equipment, implementing a strict brewing and quality control process. Once the beer has been brewed according to the specifications and recipe decided upon by the brewer and contract brewer, the beer is then marketed and sold by the gipsy brewer.
‘Bières à façon’
‘Bières à façon’, (a beer based on a style of beer) is a concept that affects Belgium and France, and it is too widely practiced. This also involves a contract brewer, but the one ordering the beer doesn’t give a recipe, but just an idea of what they want. Therefore, the contract brewer can create their own recipe.
La Fine Mousse does not support these types of beers. We’re aware of the difficulties of distinguishing between a gipsy brewer and one who brews in the style of a type of beer. We have a trusting relationship with the breweries we choose.
‘Bières étiquettes’ (labelled beer) is another concept that affects mainly France and Belgium, and it is similar to the ‘bières à façon’. However, this goes further because no new recipe is created: only a new label is made to be put onto the bottle.
Often, a brewer wants to open a brewery but can’t get the right funding. In this case, a lot of brewers start by renting a brewery, where they brew using others’ equipment. This is a type of contract brewing, but the brewer physically brews the beer, with the permission of the owner.
Some brewers with a brewery project don’t go to the contracted brewery because they aren’t authorised. In this case, it’s important that we trust in the brewer’s ability to create recipes, which was the case with Craig Allan
Now it’s up to you to make an opinion!