La Vellavia: Velay beer
The VELLAVIA brewery resulted from the determination shared by 8 farmers living on the high Velay plateau to revive the old tradition of growing barley, which was widely cultivated in the region in the 19th century.
They decided to grow older varieties of malting barley that were widespread here two centuries before.
A forgotten barley now grown again
In their fields on the high volcanic Velay plateau, at an altitude of 1000m, they have revived La Ponote, a barley that is well known for its large seeds, its rich kernel and intense straw-like fragrance.
Using this unique-tasting barley, they began to make beer in their brewery in Polignac, just a few miles away from their farm. These beers are rich in character, with subtle flavours expressing specific local qualities.
Craft beers without fermentation or pasteurisation
These are craft beers made using traditional techniques. The company is on a human scale, with just one brewer taking care of mashing, filtration, heating the wort, cooling, fermentation and lastly bottling and labelling. It all takes place on site in Polignac. The farmers come to lend a hand whenever necessary. Solidarity and mutual help are at the heart of the company.
On average, 500 hectolitres of the famous fermented beverage are brewed at La VELLAVIA each year.
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