All about pastry beers

Tout savoir sur les bières pastry

We've just come out of Carnival, and for me, Carnival also means the pastries that go with it. Wonders, waffles, crêpes, beignets and more...

In recent years, a new type of beer has appeared, known as pastry beer.

What is a Pastry beer?

Pastry beers, or when beer rhymes with pastry. The idea is to create a rich, gourmet beer, often a little sweeter, that reminds us of a dessert.

Often thick, with ingredients easily found in a kitchen, such as fruit, bits of waffle, vanilla, chocolate, coconut or even the occasional spoonful of Nutella, pastry beers can remind us of the taste of a delicious dessert.

Where does Pastry come from?

We're not quite sure, but it seems to be the Scandinavian countries, and in particular a Swedish brewery called Omnipollo who first created these gourmet beers. A beer blogger, meanwhile, put the term "pastry" on this type of beer. Omnipollo is a highly reputed brewery in the craft world, which loves to innovate and has started putting some rather unusual things in its beers. These included marshmallows, blueberries and pretzels.

This type of beer first appeared in stouts, i.e. dark, well-roasted beers. Ingredients were added to soften the taste and give it a rich, original flavor. We call them pastry stouts.

What types of pastry are there?

These days, you can put "pastry" in front of any style of beer, but overall, two big families stand out: pastry stouts and pastry sours.

Pastry stouts

This is a dark beer, quite sweet, rich, almost syrupy. You can add anything to it: doughnuts, white chocolate, caramel, pretzels, pecans, brownies, and so on.

Pastry sours

Pastry sours are more acidic beers, often brewed with very large quantities of fruit. Sweet flavors are added to break up the acidity, such as cream, white chocolate, vanilla, yogurt and so on.

Beware of lactose intolerance: pastry beers frequently contain lactose.

Which breweries are best known for Pastry?

In Europe:

In Switzerland:

Pastry from WhiteFrontier

Dont be an adult


We started with our Don’t be an adult, a rhubarb, redcurrant and blackberry sour we brewed in collab with Black Pig, here in our brewery. It sold out faster than it was brewed. In 1 month, we were already out of stock...




Péché mignon

 Pour la deuxième, on en a brassé un peu plus pour ne pas se laisser surprendre.

La Péché Mignon, it's a raspberry and vanilla pastry sour. There's 30% raspberry purée in it and lots of vanilla. The lactose softens the acidity. When you dip your nose in it, it really smells like cheesecake with raspberry coulis. The fruit is very present, it's almost like a smoothie.



Guilty pleasure


Then we brewed a pastry stout with chocolate and caramel. Honestly, it tastes like a caramel chocolate bar. Even if you're not a fan of this kind of beer, it's worth a taste. On the other hand, it's 11% alcohol.






Sandra Staub - Une nouvelle sommelière de la bière

Sandra Staub - A new beer sommelier

Remember, a year ago, we introduced you to Zytho. This blood orange Pale Ale, brewed in collabora...

Read more
Events About beer
C'est quoi la Saint-Patrick ?

What is St. Patrick's Day?

Hey, what's St. Patrick's Day? Why, in just a few short years, has the whole world started celebr...

Read more
Moments WF About beer
Bières et fromages accords Whitefrontier

Beer and cheese pairings

Traditionally enjoyed with wine, here again I've broken the rules and suggested that you sublimat...

Read more

Free delivery

Free shipping from CHF 90

100 recipes

More than 100 recipes already approved by our customers

Approved quality

Incredible water directly from the glaciers of the Alps

A committed brewery

Drinking a WhiteFrontier beer means supporting people who are making their dreams come true