The little story of the brewery

The brewery l'Apaisée is Xavier Righetti's crazy project. Just returned from a stay in Quebec in 2014 during which he caught the virus by discovering with jubilation the omnipresent "craft" scene, he began to stir in his kitchen. Indeed, the revelation of IPA hopped beers transformed his perception of beer, and there was no turning back. Finding only a few offers in Geneva, the only option seemed to be to brew a Beer as he liked it: dry and hopped. Among its many medicinal properties, hops - a cousin of cannabis - is used for sleep disorders. Making beer is also a way to return to a more manual and less stressful activity, away from computer screens. The name L'Apaisée was found easily.

In the meantime, Xavier discovered the forum and participated in several Brassams: incredible encounters between French-speaking amateur brewers. An exceptional opportunity to share, learn, have fun, all in a friendly atmosphere. Renaud Ott, a former roommate and colleague of Xavier's thesis, had started brewing some time before and was a precious help. This mentally ill man has built his brewery from A to Z and reports his adventures on his blog.

Odoo • Texte et Image
Odoo • Image et Texte

After less than thirty brews of about twenty litres and a few collaborations with Renaud, Xavier moved up a gear and fell in love with an ingenious system developed by a Bernese, Daniel Michel. They brew together on a prototype of the machine in Bern, make friends and Xavier becomes his first customer.

While waiting to receive the custom-made machine, it is necessary to find a room in Geneva, the kitchen is no longer sufficient to accommodate a machine weighing nearly a ton with full tanks.

Odoo • Texte et Image
Odoo • Image et Texte

It was during a brewing holiday in Belgium and Holland that Xavier received some great news: his friend Alexandre Joly agreed to try the experiment and lent him part of his workshop at the Velodrome. With the help of Michael Berg, Alexandre Gérenton, Nico Saramon and his brother Laurent, Xavier will set up the 16m2 (!!!) of his future brewery. Arrival and evacuation of water, three-phase electricity, everything is ready to accommodate the machine that finally arrives on December 2, 2015. This machine, the BrewTower 300, will brew 300L litres of beer at a time, 15 times more than before.

5 days later, on December 7, Xavier brews his first beer with the new system, an IPA, with the help of Daniel and his father who moved from Bern for the occasion. In April 2016, the Velodrome's garage became available. After four months of work, the new common area of the Velodrome is ready to accommodate the brewing tanks and fermenters.

Using only organic ingredients whenever possible, the aim being to produce original beers brewed with the greatest care.

Two years later, in August 2018, the Apaisée moved to 19 route des Jeunes, in the rapidly changing Praille neighbourhood. By sharing the new 700m2 basement premises with Geminoh, the spent grains (malt used, up to one tonne per week) are partially transformed into substrate for oyster mushroom cultivation. The rest of the spent grains is recovered by Cedric to feed his sheep herd.

This new available surface allows the installation of a new 1000-litre brewing machine and 5 1000-litre fermenters. A few months after its installation, Xavier acquired five 2,500-litre casks. These new oak barrels will make it possible to produce mixed fermentation beers in greater quantities, we hope!