French brewing success that began as a chat

Some of the Brasserie Artisanale de Sarlat’s award-winning beers

Jean Yves Fauste explains how a convivial chat between two friends prompted the launch of an award-winning artisanal beer business

Four years ago, a pair of foodie loving friends decided to make beer together.

Little did they suspect at the time that they were embarking on an adventure that would lead to a Gold Medal from the International Agricultural Show at Paris and a successful business.

Business is now so good that Xavier Gombert and Jean Yves Fauste have moved into new premises and taken on new staff so they will be a team of five working in the Brasserie Artisanale de Sarlat from this autumn.

Mr Gombert previously worked in the Foie Gras industry and was the director of the Coopérative Artisanale de Sarlat.

Mr Fauste, a former World paragliding champion, worked in the tourism and restaurant trade for most of his life until, aged 54, he changed direction and became a brewer...


‘It is not so different to cooking for guests: it is chemistry and creating something for people to enjoy’ says Jean Yves Fauste

Tell us about your change of career

It was chance that got us talking about beer. I am not a great beer drinker, but I had some experience with Canadian friends who ran a brewery in Chamonix, where I used to live and then with other friends in Burgundy.

Xavier and ...

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