Brasserie de Monaco – The Place to Beer


Monte-Carlo is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world with fine dining galore but it also has some more informal places where you can have a very relaxed drinking or dining experience. One of the best of these is the Brasserie de Monaco, which is Monte-Carlo’s only micro brewery. Located right on the harbour, it’s a prime spot all year round and in particular during the Grand Prix when the cars pass right outside.

Monte-Carlo yachts
Inside there’s a casual but comfy bar with a large screen for sports events and a separate private dining room. When we visited, it was December but warm enough to eat outside so how could we resist!

Brasserie de Monaco lounge-001
The menu gives you a potted history of the micro brewery, which opened in 2008. The owner, Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, was keen to recreate the tradition of a brewery in Monaco as the last one closed 30 years ago. François Pichon, Master Brewer, has created 4 artisanal beers: Pils lager, amber ale, wheat beer and a seasonal special.

Brasserie de Monaco - menu
They also do a fine line in cocktails – this non alcoholic Exotic Mood with pineapple, peach and strawberry juice certainly hit the spot.

Brasserie de Monaco cocktail
However it would have been rude not to sample the beers…can you believe that 700,000 litres of beer have already been brewed here since they opened! The Brewmaster has carefully selected the best organic malts which are then fermented for 4 weeks and served non-filtered and non-pasteurized. Their wheat beer won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Awards in 2014.

Brasserie de Monaco awards
We were surprised how drinkable even the darkest one was. Mr Luxe isn’t a fan of beer as a general rule, but even he thoroughly enjoyed these. The wheat beer was his favourite whilst I really liked the amber ale and the slice of lemon worked really nicely with the Pils lager.

Brasserie de Monaco beers
To go with our beers, we tucked into one of the house specialties, an assortment of Monegasque antipasti. Pissaladière is a savoury Mediterranean pizza-style bread topped with onion, tomato and olives. It was accompanied by foccacia bread and barbajuans, which we’d never tried before. These fritters are filled with Swiss chard and ricotta and are eaten on Monaco’s National Day, 19 November.

Brasserie de Monaco snacks
We also shared a crispy chicken salad with tomato, avocado, baby corn on the cob and red onions. It was a sophisticated take on fried chicken and very filling.

Brasserie de Monaco food
We skipped dessert and headed for a tour of the brewery. The tanks add an interesting decorative touch to the interior. The brewhouse was designed by German company Kaspar Schulz, who are the world’s oldest manufacturer of brewery equipment.

Brasserie de Monaco craft beer
With 4 service tanks, 5 fermenting  tanks and a 1000-liter capacity, it’s an entirely automated brewing system.

Brasserie de Monaco review
The stainless steel tubes carry the beer directly into the bar’s beer pumps.

Brasserie de Monaco visit
With a happy hour every day between 6 and 8 pm and live DJs every night, Brasserie de Monaco is a lively place that you should definitely check out if you’re in the area and don’t forget to check out our other Monaco recommendations!

Are you a beer fan and what is your favourite type of beer?

Brasserie de Monaco, Port Hercule MC 98000 MONACO

Our meal was complimentary for the purposes of this review

  • That’s cool that they are brewing their own beer, I like tasting local beers! I drink beer, however I wouldn’t consider myself as a fan. Dark beer, like Guinness is one of my favourite.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I love the variety in your posts Suze, each one is so different and interesting! Wow, the location for Brasserie de Monaco couldn’t be more ideal really, could it?! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks very much Gabrielle, I try to mix it up a bit – the location is fantastic, especially during the Grand Prix!

  • Fab! Mr S would love this, he’s a big beer fan 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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  • My hubby would definitely love to be here.
    Seems like a great beer place to relax and unwind.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • I am not a beer drinker but this place looks like fun and the food looks tasty!

    Ash | Liakada

  • What an incredible place! That drink looks amazing and I want to try the food. Very impressive!

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  • I don’t drink beer but Luke brews it so I am interested in the brewery process. The food looks so delicious.

  • Paola

    Such a cool place, it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog!
    Happy Valentine’s Day darling!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    • That’s very kind Paola, hope you had a great Valentine’s – we both have a horrid cold!

  • Mmmm, that non-alcoholic cocktail looks so delicious and refreshing! I’ve never been to Monte-Carlo, but have always wanted to go!

    Erin xxx
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    • The non-alcoholic cocktail was so delicious, definitely as good as the real thing!

  • Corinne C

    I’d love to go to Monte-Carlo, I’ve only rode through it on the coach from Nice to Italy as a teen but peering down into it was amazing!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • I didn’t realize you could get such a good view of Monte-Carlo from the roadside, anyway it’s definitely worth a visit when you get a chance

  • Yummy, I love beer
    xo
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  • Ellie Adams

    What a perfectly chilled trip, I’m not really a beer girl but I’ll definitely take that cocktail 😉

    Elle
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    xx

  • I love to go to Monte Carlo such beautiful place!!! Francy G Fashion Blog presents the four most exciting moments straight from the Parisian catwalk

  • This meal looks incredibly tempting! I am not a fan of beer – just don’t really drink it, but I would want to try some in a place and situation like this, most definitely. x

    • This was the perfect place to try it – hope you had a great Valentine’s, Natalia

  • I must have passed this place when I was there last month. The food looks very yummy! It must have been interesting to try these different kinds of beer.

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    • I think you would have done as it’s right on the port. We certainly enjoyed tasting the different beers