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THE OLDEST
WORKING BREWERY
IN ITALY
SINCE 1846

VISIT THE BREWERY BETWEEN 1800 AND 1900

Menabrea is part of the history of beer in Italy. It was founded in 1846 by Mr. Welf of Gressoney and brothers Antonio and Gian Battista Caraccio. In 1854 the brewery was rented to Giuseppe Menabrea and Antonio Zimmermann, who went on to buy it in 1864. Following the departure of Zimmermann from the company, it will be down to Giuseppe Menabrea to create in July 1872, "G. Menabrea and Sons".
The Menabrea Brewery 1846 Historical Image 1
BOTTLING HALL

BOTTLING HALL

Menabrea originally filled each bottle by hand one by one, capping with cork and sealing wax or machine, every single bottle.
Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
SECOND WORT BOILER

SECOND WORT BOILER

The owners and workers toasting the installation of the second wort boiler.
1897 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
WORT BOILER

WORT BOILER

The first wort boiler installed in 1900.
1900 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
THE ROUNDHOUSE

THE ROUNDHOUSE

First circular shaped building constructed in 1874 at the behest of Giuseppe Menabrea. Here they stored barrels for maturing beer.
1874 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
THE FOUNDERS

THE FOUNDERS

A toast at the table of the old brewery with three tankards of Bavarian beer.
Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
OPEN FERMENTATION VESSELS

OPEN FERMENTATION VESSELS

Ispezione durante la fermentazione. Inspection during fermentation.
Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
STABLES

STABLES

Our stables (today our restaurant) was home to 18 horses with a value of 7 euros. Next to the stables were the saddlery, the blacksmith's and the groom's workshop.
1897 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • BOTTLING HALL

    BOTTLING HALL

    Menabrea originally filled each bottle by hand one by one, capping with cork and sealing wax or machine, every single bottle.
    Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • SECOND WORT BOILER

    SECOND WORT BOILER

    The owners and workers toasting the installation of the second wort boiler.
    1897 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • WORT BOILER

    WORT BOILER

    The first wort boiler installed in 1900.
    1900 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • THE ROUNDHOUSE

    THE ROUNDHOUSE

    First circular shaped building constructed in 1874 at the behest of Giuseppe Menabrea. Here they stored barrels for maturing beer.
    1874 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • THE FOUNDERS

    THE FOUNDERS

    A toast at the table of the old brewery with three tankards of Bavarian beer.
    Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • OPEN FERMENTATION VESSELS

    OPEN FERMENTATION VESSELS

    Ispezione durante la fermentazione. Inspection during fermentation.
    Late 1800’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • STABLES

    STABLES

    Our stables (today our restaurant) was home to 18 horses with a value of 7 euros. Next to the stables were the saddlery, the blacksmith's and the groom's workshop.
    1897 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
With the death of Giuseppe Menabrea in 1881, his inheritors begin the diffusion of the brand in Italy and are awarded important honours from the then rulers of the country. The use of the bottom fermentation brewing technique, which at the time was not widespread, and the use of qualitatively excellent raw materials primarily the water from the Biella springs, immediately characterised Birra Menabrea and made it a success.
The Menabrea Brewery 1846 Historical Image 2
MENABREA BREWERY RESTAURANT BIELLA

MENABREA BREWERY RESTAURANT - BIELLA

Initially called the "bottega" because it was used for retail sale of beers and soft drinks. It also housed the first Menabrea restaurant.
1846 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
COVERED COURTYARD FOR KEGGING

COVERED COURTYARD FOR KEGGING

Wagon with small kegs at the entrance to the kegging hall.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
KEGGING HALL

KEGGING HALL

Menabrea used wooden barrels, made in its carpentry shop, until the 1960s. The first metal kegs were introduced in 1971.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
PASTEURISATION HALL

PASTEURISATION HALL

Inside the roundhouse, now attached to the brewery, were the tanks that pasteurised the bottled beer which was already in crates.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
BOTTLING HALL 2

BOTTLING HALL

From the beginning of the 20th century the most modern bottling machines allowed the operators to fill about 120 bottles per hour.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
BOTTLE WASHING

BOTTLE WASHING

Room used to check and wash bottles before refilling.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
FERMENTATION

FERMENTATION

Open fermenting vessels.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
WORT COOLER

WORT COOLER

Open steel tank for cooling wort before fermentation begins.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
BREWHOUSE

BREWHOUSE

The second wort boiler in action.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • MENABREA BREWERY RESTAURANT BIELLA

    MENABREA BREWERY RESTAURANT - BIELLA

    Initially called the "bottega" because it was used for retail sale of beers and soft drinks. It also housed the first Menabrea restaurant.
    1846 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • COVERED COURTYARD FOR KEGGING

    COVERED COURTYARD FOR KEGGING

    Wagon with small kegs at the entrance to the kegging hall.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • KEGGING HALL

    KEGGING HALL

    Menabrea used wooden barrels, made in its carpentry shop, until the 1960s. The first metal kegs were introduced in 1971.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • PASTEURISATION HALL

    PASTEURISATION HALL

    Inside the roundhouse, now attached to the brewery, were the tanks that pasteurised the bottled beer which was already in crates.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • BOTTLING HALL 2

    BOTTLING HALL

    From the beginning of the 20th century the most modern bottling machines allowed the operators to fill about 120 bottles per hour.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • BOTTLE WASHING

    BOTTLE WASHING

    Room used to check and wash bottles before refilling.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • FERMENTATION

    FERMENTATION

    Open fermenting vessels.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • WORT COOLER

    WORT COOLER

    Open steel tank for cooling wort before fermentation begins.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • BREWHOUSE

    BREWHOUSE

    The second wort boiler in action.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
Carlo Menabrea heads the brewery until, in 1896, the company passes into the hands of Emilio Thedy and Augusto Antoniotti, husbands of the Menabrea sisters. From that moment on, the Thedy family will lead the company.
The Menabrea Brewery 1846 Historical Image 3
INTERIOR OF THE OLD RESTAURANT IN BIELLA

INTERIOR OF THE OLD RESTAURANT IN BIELLA

The first Menabrea Restaurant remained open 1950’s until transferring to its current site.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
HEAD BREWER’S AND FINANCE OFFICE

HEAD BREWER’S AND FINANCE OFFICE

The former brewery offices situated above the old restaurant.
1870 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
ENGINE POWER

ENGINE POWER

Wheels with transmission belts for engine power.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
THE MENABREA THEDY FAMILY

THE MENABREA-THEDY FAMILY

On the inside factory terrace: sitting in the center from the left Eugenia Squindo, widow of Carlo Menabrea and Eugenia Menabrea wife of Emilio Thedy, with the five Thedy brothers.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
READY FOR DELIVERY

READY FOR DELIVERY

Internal courtyard showing wagons loaded with bottles and kegs.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
CELLARS

CELLARS

Wooden maturation vessels.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
COVERED COURTYARD

COVERED COURTYARD

To the rear of the roundhouse a new courtyard was opened which housed open sheds and warehouses for the storage of wagons. On the left, the kegging hall.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
GRAND RESTAURANT MENABREA

GRAND RESTAURANT MENABREA

Warehouse and brewery restaurant.
Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
COOLER WITH ICED WATER

COOLER WITH ICED WATER

Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • INTERIOR OF THE OLD RESTAURANT IN BIELLA

    INTERIOR OF THE OLD RESTAURANT IN BIELLA

    The first Menabrea Restaurant remained open 1950’s until transferring to its current site.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • HEAD BREWER’S AND FINANCE OFFICE

    HEAD BREWER’S AND FINANCE OFFICE

    The former brewery offices situated above the old restaurant.
    1870 - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • ENGINE POWER

    ENGINE POWER

    Wheels with transmission belts for engine power.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • THE MENABREA THEDY FAMILY

    THE MENABREA-THEDY FAMILY

    On the inside factory terrace: sitting in the center from the left Eugenia Squindo, widow of Carlo Menabrea and Eugenia Menabrea wife of Emilio Thedy, with the five Thedy brothers.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • READY FOR DELIVERY

    READY FOR DELIVERY

    Internal courtyard showing wagons loaded with bottles and kegs.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • CELLARS

    CELLARS

    Wooden maturation vessels.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • COVERED COURTYARD

    COVERED COURTYARD

    To the rear of the roundhouse a new courtyard was opened which housed open sheds and warehouses for the storage of wagons. On the left, the kegging hall.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • GRAND RESTAURANT MENABREA

    GRAND RESTAURANT MENABREA

    Warehouse and brewery restaurant.
    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy
  • COOLER WITH ICED WATER

    COOLER WITH ICED WATER

    Early 1900’s - Archives G. Menabrea – F.lli Thedy

In 1991, the company became part of the Birra Forst Group, a brewery in the South Tyrol Region of Italy known for the quality of its products and respect for theenvironment.
The agreement, signed by Paolo Thedy, aims to reaffirm the pride of Italian beer and further reinforce its commercial presence in the territory. Birra Menabrea has retained its strong identity and independence.

In 1997 Birra Menabrea reached the pinnacle at the World Beer Championships in Chicago, an authoritative annual competition promoted by industry experts. Here it was awarded gold and silver medals. This was an affirmative endorsement of the brewery in Biella, which in 2005 comes under the leadership of Franco Thedy, fifth generation of the family.
And it is precisely under his guidance that the current range from 150° to Top Restaurant has been conceived and developed.

The vision of Franco Thedy is aimed at making significant capital investments to ensure an efficient industrial process, respecting the most stringent quality standards and environmental compatibility. Among these was the completion of the new bottling plant, able to provide 15,000 bottles/hour, and keg lines that allow thefilling of 300 kegs per hour for the 30 litre size, 70 kegs per hour for the 15 litre size and 80 kegs/hour for the non-returnable plastickeg.

The implementation of resources, technology and the increasing demands of the Italian and foreign markets, led to a record year in 2017 with a considerable increase in production and its turnover. The best rate rate of growth ever recorded so far.

In 2017, Franco Thedy gave the go-ahead for the expansion of the Brewhouse with advanced features and a spectacular visual impact. Inauguration is scheduled for March 2019.

In addition, work began for the construction of an impressive logistics hub that will streamline and speed up the traffic of goods and stock them in a single site, welcoming drivers and vehicles in complete safety.

It is of great significance that the headquarters and brewery, with changes for improvement over time, will still remain located in the historic centre of the city of Biella where it was founded in 1846. So, Birra Menabrea can always stay true to itself: In its territory surrounded by the Alps, with pure and very light waters, and a beer culture that has been handed down from generation to generation.

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  • Menabrea Brewery today image 1846 01
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THE BREWERY TODAY

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