St-Gallen

[Breweries (32)] [Brewpubs (4)] [Beer makers without breweries (2)] [Closed Breweries (76)]
[Beer shops/restaurants (3)]

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reviewed by yours truly: 38.9% (14)

Thank you for letting me know about any corrections or missing informations! (bov (at) bov.ch)

Size significationRating signification
The nec plus ultra ! Don't miss those breweries.
<50 hl/yr: nanobrewey (part-time or hobby)Very good breweries !
<1'000 hl/yr: microbreweryAbove average and satisfying.
<5'000 hl/yr: large microbreweryAverage.
<50'000 hl/yr: regional brewery Not terrible.
>50'000 hl/yr: large brewery This is getting pretty bad.
 Be cautious: you may REALLY not like it !

Please note that the emoticons for the appreciation are based on the weighted average and not on the mean average like the rating. You can have a look to the ranking list to see the weighted averages and the way they are calculated as well.
Click here if you would like to see my ranking list for this canton.

Breweries (32)

NameAddressRegistry-#
Size/Production
Contact # of beers
tasted
Rating avg/
appreciation
Comments
Please be aware that all ratings and comments reflect my opinion only ! So don't blame me if I dislike your favourite brewery. Fortunately we are free to like whatever we like...
9030

Founded in 2016

Bildstrasse 29
9030 Abtwil
#839


076 267 11 82

N/A N/A Brewer: Markus Berger.
BCB Bleisch Craft Beer

Founded in 2015

Moosstrasse 52
9014 St.Gallen
#709

8 hl


078 897 09 60

N/A N/A Brewer: Marco Bleisch.
Bier Akademie Schweiz

Founded in 2016

Zürcherstrasse 495
9015 St. Gallen
#898


071 244 11 63

N/A N/A -
Bier Factory Rapperswil

Founded in 2000

Eichwiesstrasse 6
8645 Rapperswil
#114

500 hl

list of beers


055 210 96 22

29 14.68

Brewer: Philipp Pfriemer.
Great quality ales! A must try.
Changed name in 2013 (formerly Rappi Bier Factory) and moved to a new place in February 2014. The goal is to reach 1'500 hl.
biergarage.ch

Founded in 2011

Moosstrasse 52
9014 St.Gallen
#429

40 hl

list of beers


079 278 54 40

5 13.92

Created in 2011 as a Gmbh (LLC) this very interesting nanobrewery (for me the best discovery at the Bierfest in Chur 2014) could well remain not more than a hobby for his founder. Despite having a lot of success the production is still anecdotic.
Brewer: Adi Schmid
Creativity level: 4/5
Black Deer Brewing

Founded in 2015

Moosstrasse 52
9014 St.Gallen
#658

10 hl


071 558 94 84

N/A N/A Brewer: Morris Huber.
Ceres Bräu Haag

Founded in 2014


9469 Haag
#619


N/A N/A -
This brewery believes in the myth of the Reinheitsgebot.
Floowiiler

Founded in 2016


9230 Flawil
#834

 
N/A N/A -
GIZ AIS

Founded in 2016

Bischofszellerstrasse 35a
9200 Gossau
#899

 
N/A N/A -
Heerbrugger Bier

Founded in 2013


9435 Heerbrugg
#517

list of beers


079 832 83 27

5 11.28

Brewer: Silvio Carnier.
German-style beers going from decent to infected. Needs some tuning.
HERMANN Bier

Founded in 2014

Industriestrasse 15
9015 St. Gallen
#593

27 hl

list of beers


8 13.4

Brewer: Marco Hermann.
Some very good beers and others which are unfortunately not so good.
HuM (hopfenundmalz)

Founded in 2011

Bahnhofstrasse 15
9200 Gossau
#421

40 hl

list of beers


N/A N/A Brewers: Andreas Tobler and Markus Rosenberger.
IGBrau

Founded in 2006

Sonnenbergstrasse 78
9030 Abtwil
#254


N/A N/A A group of homebrewer.
Kursi Bräu

Founded in 2015


9403 Goldach
#796

 
N/A N/A -
Meibär

Founded in 2016

Haldenstrasse
8887 Mels
#934


N/A N/A -
Obersee Brau Union

Founded in 2016

St. Dionysstrasse 31
8645 Jona
#806

list of beers


N/A N/A Located previously in Wetzikon (ZH).
Röbi-Bräu

Founded in 2004

Bungertstrasse 36
7323 Wangs
#177

 
081 723 84 78
N/A N/A Brewer: Robert Hänsli.
Rock Story Brew

Founded in 2015

Augustinergasse 26
9000 St. Gallen
#706

24 hl


071 220 97 90

N/A N/A Brewer: Kevin Staffa.
Schlucki

Founded in 2015

Sonnenhalde 5
8716 Schmerikon
#725


079 350 96 17

N/A N/A -
Schneider Braui

Founded in 2013

Bahnweg 45
8887 Mels
#548



Link down; brewery closed?


081 723 97 55

N/A N/A Brewer: Peter Schneider.
Schützengarten

Founded in 1779

St. Jakobsstrasse 37
9004 St. Gallen
#33

170'500 hl

list of beers


071 243 43 43

18 10.9

It was 1779 as Johann Ulrich Tobler acquired the real estate of a shooting club in St. Gallen - thus the name and logo - and started the Schützengarten brewery with his brother. The brewery - whose structures are still nowadays on the same place as when it was founded - owes its actual size to Arnold Billwiller who succeeded to increase its production from 7'200 hl to 100'000 hl at the end of the 19th century.
Schützengarten which is surrounded on one side by 2 multinational companies - Heineken and Carlsberg - and on the other side by numerous and more flexible microbreweries, has succeeded until now to remain stable, partially thanks to the acquisition of the brewery Löwengarten in 2006. But the brightness (or not) of its future will depend of its capacity to innovate which looks indeed not bad at all (Gallus beer launched in 2012, IPA and Swiss Stout in 2016 as well as the take-over of Birrificio Ticinese.
Schützengarten is holding currently 2 records: firstly it is the oldest Swiss brewery still in activity since the closure of Schloss Reichenbach in Zollikofen in 1971 and secondly it is the biggest independent brewery. Both the first and the second record are hard contested by the brewery Locher. As the second one may have probably already beaten in 2015 (Locher should reach 250'000 hl on its new installations), the first one could lead to everlasting discussions. In fact the discovery of old documents proving the existence of brewing activities in Appenzell as soon as 1778 may change things. But a link between those activities and the brewery Locher still has to be proven.
You can expect here almost only bottom-fermented german-style beers, some of them like Landbier or Klosterbräu slightly above average and others being poor and boring. But don't miss their entrance in the world of craft beer with Gallus, IPA and Swiss Stout
Brewer: Hansueli Züger.
Creativity level: 3/5
Seegal-Bräu

Founded in 2011

Hauptstrasse 33
9477 Trübbach
#417

12 hl

list of beers


078 878 19 52

1 7.2 Brewer: Hansueli Senn and Hans Eggenberger.
Caution …
Sennbräu

Founded in 2013

Röllweg 5
9470 Buchs
#496

16 hl

list of beers


081 756 12 32

18 13.38

Brewer: Reto Senn, Ulrich Senn and Roger Senn.
Good (and getting always better) beers of (mainly) german styles. Go for it !
This brewery believes in the myth of the Reinheitsgebot.
Sevibräu

Founded in 2006

Stampfstr.2
9475 Sevelen
#231

120 hl

list of beers


076 327 90 51

11 13.82

Brewer: Andrea and Dominik De Gregorio.
Subtle and very well-made beers. Good work!
Sonnenbräu

Founded in 1891

Alte Landstrasse 36
9445 Rebstein
#41

32'700 hl

list of beers


071 777 12 02

22 10.07

"This family-owned brewery is led nowadays by Claudia Graf (5th generation) and employs 40 persons. Everything started back in 1891 when Eduard Graf - known for his slogan ""the freshest beer is always the best"" - began to brew in the tavern ""zur Sonne"" in Rebstein. The very promising start was shocked by World War I and by the death of the founder in 1918. The efforts of his two sons were then slowed down by the economic crisis and World War II thus it was only later during the sixties that the brewery was finally able to grow, surpassing the 20'000 hl.
In 1978 Sonnenbräu launched the first light beer of Switzerland.
While a lot of breweries are hiding with a certain shame the fact they are using corn, others like Sonnenbräu use this as a marketing argument.
Despite its size - which gives it some flexibility - and despite not beeing religiously bound to the Reinheitsgebot, this brewery does not show much pep for innovation (and please don't tell me beers like Craft1 or Maisbier are innovations ...).Expect almost only german-style beers, some of them good (like Annett's Büezer) and some of them pretty bad (like the Doppel-Bock).
Brews Züri-Hell and Illauer Punt under contract. However it seems like the former is since recently produced by Braukultur (Usterbräu).
Brewer: Steffen Pawlak.
Creativity level: 2/5"
Stadtbühl

Founded in 1858

Herisauer Strasse 16
9200 Gossau
#36

10'000 hl

list of beers


071 385 35 15

11 9.89

Started in 1858 by Joseph Alois Krucker, Stadtbühler has remained a family brewery until nowadays and it looks like nothing can disturb its tranquility and independence. Its production output has been very constant during the last years. While some of their products - like the Dunkel or the Fürstenbräu - can be really nice, others may be boring at best or even bad. You can expect almost only german-style beers here (yes, we are very close to Germany) yet a Smoked beer, another dry-hopped and a last one with millet (the Hirsegold (http://www.hirsegold.ch) brewed under contract) are giving some hope ... The brewery has actually 17 employees. See also www.stadtbuehler.ch.
Brewer: Christian Krucker.
Creativity level: 2/5
This brewery believes in the myth of the Reinheitsgebot.
Thaler Bier

Founded in 2010

Tobelmülistrasse 4
9425 Thal
#388

list of beers


071 888 00 57

5 13.04

Brewers: Andrea Tarnutzer and Fritz Eugster.
I could try a very good Schwarzbier and hope to see more beers from this brewery very soon. Formerly named Rietgassbräu.
Tüüfelsbräu

Founded in 2013

Neufeldstrasse 7b
9533 Kirchberg
#518

20 hl


079 418 45 42

N/A N/A A brewer club.

This brewery believes in the myth of the Reinheitsgebot.
Unterbad

Founded in 2016


9200 Gossau
#947

 
N/A N/A -
Valeis

Founded in 2003

Parkstrasse 6
7324 Vilters
#165


081 723 76 52

N/A N/A Brewer: Sascha Guntli
VSHSR

Founded in 2015

Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
#718


N/A N/A -
WBW (Widmer Bierspezialitäten Will)

Founded in 2016

Kirchgasse 2
9500 Wil
#944


079 722 30 65

N/A N/A Brewer: Christof Widmer.

Brewpubs (4)

NameAddressRegistry-#
Size/Production
Contact # of beers
tasted
Rating avgComments
Don't kill me, it's only my opinion...
Freihof

Founded in 2010

Flawilerstrasse 46
9201 Gossau
#386

1'100 hl

list of beers


071 385 34 34

4 12.1

Brewer: Richard Reinart.
A good Weizen, a good Lager Hell and a good fruit beer but the Dunkel is offside.
Gelinde BrüW

Founded in 2016

Zürcher Strasse 48
9000 St. Gallen
#866


078 866 36 89

N/A N/A -
Kornhausbräu

Founded in 2008

Industriestrasse 21
9400 Rorschach
#294

900 hl

list of beers


071 841 45 10

10 12.76

Founded in 2007 as a stock corporation (more than 400 share holders), this brewpub is opened every day (except on Sunday) from 16:30 to 00:30 and employs 3 people. The main initiator - brewmaster Andreas Müller - worked before at the breweries Gurten, Egger and Löwengarten. As the latter was closed in 2006 as a consequence of its taking over by Schützengarten, Andreas Müller decided to fulfill his dream by opening his own brewpub.
After a first year at 750 hectoliters, the production is steadily growing yet pretty slowly. It reached 900 hl in 2013 and is probably around 1'000 today.
After a deceptive start regarding quality, they made great improvements. Beside different german-style beers this brewery also offers a Porter, a honey beer and of course an IPA (a mandatory style currently).
Brewer: Andreas Müller.
Creativity level: 3/5
St. Johann

Founded in 2012

Toggenburgerstrasse 3
9652 Neu St. Johann
#490

500 hl

list of beers


5 12.56

Brewer: Maximilian Lechner.
Originally scheduled to start in December 2011 but started effectively in November 2012. Offers a very good Weizen but a Hell and a Dunkel which are below average.

Beer makers without breweries (2)

NameAddressRegistry-#
Size
Contact # of beers
tasted
Rating avgComments
Don't kill me, it's only my opinion...
IdéeWil

Founded in -


9500 Will

400 hl

list of beers


1 11.6 A society which is promoting local products. The beer (Thurbobräu) is brewed by Sonnenbräu.
Pfauenbier

Founded in 2009

Schönbodenstrasse 5
8640 Rapperswil

200 hl

list of beers


055 511 22 56

N/A N/A Client brewer. The beer is brewed by Rosengarten.
And yet another my-beer-is-not-brewed-locally-but-you-should-not-know-it Client brewer. Originally planed to build it's own brewery by the end of 2010. Now saying it will be done as soon as they will reached 700 hl.
On sale since Mai 2013.
This brewery believes in the myth of the Reinheitsgebot.

Beer Shops / Restaurants

Name AddressHomepage / Email Rating Comments
Bier Akademie Schweiz
Langgasse 11
9008 St. Gallen


071 244 11 63

 Besides a beer shop with about 120 different beers, offers also trainings, tastings and different beer events.
Birreria Bierladen & Bar
Brühlgasse 45
9004 St. Gallen


071 223 25 33

 More than 200 beers. It is also a pub. Opened moday to saturday 12:00-?
Widmer Bierspezialitäten
Kirchgasse 31
9500 Wil


079 722 30 65

 A shop with about 200 different beers. Online purchase possible.

Closed Breweries (76)

NameAddressfounded-closedContact # of beers
tasted
Rating Comments
Don't kill me, it's only my opinion...
Aktienbrauerei Wil
9500 Wil
1881 - 1918

 
N/A N/A N/A
Back & Bräu
Loretostrasse 19
9620 Lichtensteig
1989-?

68


N/A N/A Brewer: Karl Hartenstein
A brewpub which was located at 7 different places in the country. But the years of success are over and all brewpubs closed one by one.
Back & Bräu
Bahnhofplatz 5
8640 Rapperswil
1995 - 2005

68


N/A N/A Brewer: Karl Hartenstein
A brewpub which was located at 7 different places in the country. But the years of success are over and all brewpubs closed one by one. This one closed in 2005.
Back & Bräu
Bahnhofplatz 2
9000 St. Gallen
1997 - 2002

68


N/A N/A Brewer: Karl Hartenstein
A brewpub which was located at 7 different places in the country. But the years of success are over and all brewpubs closed one by one. This one closed in 2002.
Bärlocher
9606 Bütschwil
1866 - 1973

43

 
N/A N/A N/A
Bavaria
9004 St. Gallen
1856 - 1902

 
N/A N/A Originally named zum Felsenkeller.
Bierbrau Kollektiv
8718 Schänis
2010 - 2012

360

 
N/A N/A -
Bierbrauerei Gebr. Locher
9470 Buchs
1883 - 1973

38

 
N/A N/A N/A
Brauclub Altstätten
9452 hinterforst
1999 - ?

103

 
N/A N/A N/A
Burth
9620 Lichtensteig
1844 - 1989

42

 
N/A N/A "Apparently ""transformed"" in Back & Bräu in 1989 ?!"
Cantieni
9400 Rorschach
1850 - 1892

 
N/A N/A N/A
Denzel
8880 Walenstadt
1875 - 1900

 
N/A N/A First named Tschirgi then Schmid.
Eppler
9620 Lichtensteig
1885 - 1900

 
N/A N/A Originally named Klingler.
Felsenkeller
7310 Bad Ragaz
1882 - 1905

 
N/A N/A N/A
Fischbacher
8732 Neuhaus
1880 - 1890

 
N/A N/A N/A
Frauenhof
9450 Altstätten
1807 - 1916

 
N/A N/A N/A
Freihof
9450 Altstätten
1832 - 1914

 
N/A N/A N/A
Freihof
9402 Mörschwil
1875 - 1923

 
N/A N/A N/A
Freihof
9444 Diepoldsau
1885 - 1918

 
N/A N/A N/A
Gonzen RestaurantStädtchenstrasse 56
7320 Sarganz
1998 - 2002

84

 
N/A N/A N/A
Helle
9464 Rüthi
1896 - 1901

 
N/A N/A N/A
Hirschen
9006 St. Fiden
1880 - 1926

 
N/A N/A N/A
Hoffnung
9620 Lichtensteig
1875 - 1912

 
N/A N/A N/A
Huber
9450 Altstätten
1845 - 1927

 
N/A N/A Originally called Prestegg
Kaufmann
9442 Berneck
1872 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
Keckeisen
9642 Ebnat-Kappel
1875 - 1885

 
N/A N/A N/A
Kreuz
8887 Mels
1875 - 1900

 
N/A N/A N/A
Krone
8645 Jona
1837 - 1900

 
N/A N/A N/A
Kütt
9424 Rheineck
1881 - 1911

 
N/A N/A Named successively Brauerei und Malzfabrik Rheineck, Schlenk, Schinle and Kütt.
Linde
9436 Balgach
1870 - 1900

 
N/A N/A N/A
Löwen
8890 Flims
1870 - 1892

 
N/A N/A N/A
Löwen
7310 Bad Ragaz
1875 - 1903

 
N/A N/A N/A
Löwen
9450 Altstätten
1875 - 1914

 
N/A N/A N/A
Löwen
9230 Flawil
1880 - 1890

 
N/A N/A N/A
Löwengarten
St. Galler Strasse 47
9400 Rorschach
1871 - 2006

39


9 8.38

Brewer: R. Brandenberg
Owner of Boxer. Brrr ... Definitely not good, this is one of the worst brewery of the country. Owned by Schützengarten since april 2006 and scheduled to close in november 2006.
Lustgarten
9000 St. Gallen
1875 - 1901

 
N/A N/A N/A
Mäder
9602 Bazenheid
1875 - 1880

 
N/A N/A N/A
Mariaberg
9400 Rorschach
1877 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
Mauer
9643 Krummenau
1875 - 1895

 
N/A N/A N/A
Messmer
9422 Staad
1876 - 1903

 
N/A N/A N/A
Müller
8887 Mels
1833 - ?

 
N/A N/A N/A
Nestel-Bräu
Nestenbergstrasse
9642 Ebnat-Kappel
2010 - 2011

395


N/A N/A -
Neudorf
9006 St. Fiden
1875 - 1917

 
N/A N/A N/A
Nuffer
9430 St. Margarethen
1895 - 1902

 
N/A N/A N/A
Oberglatt
9230 Flawil
1875 - 1895

 
N/A N/A N/A
Ochsen
9620 Lichtensteig
1836 - 1906

 
N/A N/A N/A
Ochsen
7310 Bad Ragaz
1875 - 1920

 
N/A N/A N/A
Rapperswil
8640 Rapperswil
1824 - 1912

 
N/A N/A Originally called Alter Pfauen.
Rennhas
9400 Rorschach
1875 - ?

 
N/A N/A N/A
Rössli
9113 Degersheim
1875 - 1880

 
N/A N/A N/A
Rothenhäusler
9006 St. Fiden
1875 - 1890

 
N/A N/A N/A
Schiff
9434 Au
1882 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
Schönenwegen
9014 Bruggen
1850 - 1900

 
N/A N/A N/A
Schweizerhaus
9500 Wil
1872 - 1916

 
N/A N/A N/A
Schweizerhof
8887 Mels
1830 - 1905

 
N/A N/A N/A
Sonne
9464 Lienz-Rüthi
1863 - 1915

 
N/A N/A Originally named zur Krone.
Sonnenhof
9621 Oberhelfenschwil
1852 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
Steinfels
9642 Ebnat-Kappel
1850 - 1972

35

 
N/A N/A N/A
Stocken
9014 Bruggen
1784 - 1973

40

 
N/A N/A N/A
Straub
9323 Morgenthal
1888 - 1892

 
N/A N/A N/A
Tschirgi
8887 Mels
1825 - ?

 
N/A N/A N/A
Uznach
8730 Uznach
1835 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
Wiler Hofbräu
9500 Wil
1815 - 1983

34

 
N/A N/A Originally called zum Hof.
Wolfsgrube
9425 Thal
1850 - 1924

 
N/A N/A N/A
Zirfass & Co.
9470 Buchs
1854 - 1982

37

 
N/A N/A Founded as Traube.
zum Adler
9030 St. Josefen
1866 - 1890

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Bierhaus
9242 Oberuzwil
1870 - 1892

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Bierhof
9000 St. Gallen
1867 - 1889

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Fass
9500 Wil
1885 - 1900

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Schwefelbad
7320 Sarganz
1862 - 1892

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Sternen
9443 Widnau
1882 - 1890

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Tabor
7312 Pfäfers
1884 - 1888

 
N/A N/A N/A
zum Wiesenthal
9630 Wattwil
1879 - 1910

 
N/A N/A N/A
zur Mauer
9652 Neu St Johann
1850 - 1907

 
N/A N/A N/A
zur Toggenburg
9630 Wattwil
1838 - 1904

 
N/A N/A N/A
zur Wachsbleiche
9400 Rorschach
1875 - 1915

 
N/A N/A N/A