In the Meuse, the heyday of brewing was the middle of the 19th century. During this unequalled period of demographic growth, more than 40 micro-regional producers from the North of the Meuse, the Argonne area, the Woëvre, the Meuse Valley and the Barrois area distributed their products to customers in rural areas and in towns.
From the 1870s, the phenomenon of competition and industrial mergers led to the closure of several sites. The First World War marked a second break in brewing history. Following the Great War there were only ten breweries still in existence. Among them were the two most important: the Brasserie de la Meuse and the Brasserie de la Croix de Lorraine at Bar-le-Duc. These were the two sites of production that fired the national imagination most, through the distribution of the famous advertising posters of Mucha and Bastard. From these a majestic personification of the Meuse emerged. It was a real ode to the River and the lands of the Meuse, generous supplier of goodness, in the image of the ancient goddesses of fertility. Despite the closure of the factories of Bar-le-Duc in 1949, the brand Bières de la Meuse survived through one of the large European groups of breweries, the Société Européenne de Brasserie (S.E.B.).
Today, through the simple evocation of the name and its various attributes, comes the idea of all the symbolism from the beginning of the last century, loaded with finesse, gentleness and lightness - the image of a noble beer, witness of the past grandeur of the Département. The development of micro-breweries in the Meuse for more than 20 years illustrates the renewal of Meuse beers. Follow and taste the story during a unique and original journey where past and present meet.
Côtes de Meuse vineyards
Perfectly adapted to the local gastronomy, white, red or Gris (a type of rosé), with their pronounced acidulated, fruity flavours, the wines from the Meuse and Côtes de Meuse vineyards play the pleasant card. Enjoy the mat the table, in the country cellars or at the Maison Vigneronne Visitors' Centre at Hannonville-sous-les-Côtes.