It doesn’t look like much from the street. In fact, you can pass the shop without really knowing it’s there (and it took me quite some time to find it, even with my I-phone navigating me). Above the doorway hangs a sign that reads, ‘Tailleur’—something that has no doubt misled several passersby. But if you do discover this shop, you will immediately succumb to its charm…and the hundreds of bottles of beer you desperately want to try.
Claude is a man who knows what he loves. He always loved beer, but pragmatism steered him toward a 9-5 job in an office with cubicles and a boss. Sound familiar? It wasn’t until last year that he decided to ditch the corporate scene and join forces with his friend Daniel, the founder of La Mise En Bière. And both he and we are so glad he did.
Claude has several ‘favorite picks’…but in a store with literally 350-450 different varieties of beer, you can’t blame the guy. From sour to sweet, hoppy to malty, soft carbonation to spritzy, rich or light, thick or thin, slick, creamy, velvety, subtle…it’s all there, right at your fingertips. But undeniably one of our favorite things about Mise en Bière is the shop’s relationship with local breweries. Who knew there were so many talented brewers in and around Lausanne? From our friends over at Docteur Gab’s to Les Faiseurs de Bière, Trois Dames, and Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, there is so much to discover and appreciate.
So if you haven’t already, pay Claude and Daniel a visit at La Mise En Bière where you won’t only be swept away by the sheer volume of beer, but by the shopkeeper’s genuine love for the craft.
*Update: Great news! Since writing this article, the guys at La Mise En Bière have opened up a bar connected to their shop! The hours of the bar are as follows:
Horaires du bar:
- ma – ve 15:00 – 22:00
- sa: 11:00 – 22:00
- di: 16:00 – 22:00
La Mise En Biére
021 311 39 12
Cover photo by: Jakob Kouladjian-Seiler