The brainchild of three young graduates, Ninkasi’s origins can be traced back more than twenty years to a roadtrip across the United States. The challenge? To introduce the microbrewery concept to France. Adopting Ninkasi, Goddess of Beer, as their totem, the project first saw the light of day in 1997 in Lyon, one of France’s historic brewing centres. This pioneering business has continued to grow, and its empire now counts 13 bar-restaurants across eastern France.
For some twenty years now, Ninkasi has brewed much more than beer, focussing on savoir-faire, different styles, cultures and tastes.Its watchwords have always been shared moments, honest products, and diversity, based around three key concepts, namely live music – with more than 1,000 gigs each year, restaurants serving locally-sourced food, and of course great beer.
Based at an old dye factory in Tarare, some 40km north-west of Lyon, the brewery is blessed with exceptionally soft water, a critical element in creating quality beer, sourced from the Beaujolais hills, to which they add 100%-natural hops, yeast and malt, all carefully selected by their Master Brewers.
Ninkasi’s taste for diversity can be seen in its range of beers. Their six core recipes mix different styles, colours and flavours to regularly scoop awards at some of the most prestigious international competitions. Add to this a growing range of original creations that follow the seasons, as well as three exceptional Grand Cru beers inspired by the world of wine, and designed to improve with age.
Ninkasi’s philosophy is simple – to allow you to enjoy the same shared moments at home as you would find in their 12 brewpubs at Lyon.