On June 10th the Gallia boys will be hosting a one year anniversary of their resurrected Parisian beer brand. Their success in launching the brand, shared among peers including Ky Lorch at Demory and local microbrewers such Florent of the Zymotik Brasserie in Montreuil and the Brasserie Chevreuse in Versailles, proves that these young entrepreneurial beer lovers are making their mark on the local beer scene, a scene was previously almost non-existant.
In celebration of the brewing beer scene in Paris, I'd like to point out a few spots in the city where you can go to stop your wine-ing and grab a pint. In a city that loves to sip, you'd be surprised how many beer bars are are just a hops(s) skip and a jump away!
Laurent Cicurel, who organizes Les Soirées Maltées, a series of regionally themed beer tasting events that take place regularly throughout the year, was recently kind enough to suggest some of his favorite beer hunting spots around the city.
On top of Laurent's list was Brewberry which recently set up shop in the charming Mouffetard neighborhood. This address is a must for any beer connaisseur. Owned by the former manager of the Academie de la Bière Brewberry's staff and stock is proof to this place's savoir-faire when it comes to la bière.
The first time I stopped by Brewberry I had just returned from Brussels and experiencing Belgian beer withdrawal. To my delight, Brewberry's shelves are filled with beers from Belgium, as well as France and Germany, with a few organic selections included in the mix. This is a great spot for an apèro, as you can settle in and taste beers as well as order cheese or charcuterie plates to go along with your selections.
While the chill atmosphere of Brewberry is a welcome calm among the Mouffetard madness; there are plenty of more lively locations you can go to enjoy microbrews. In Paris, there are two bars where beer is brewed sur place: The Frog Pubs chain and the Brasserie O'Neil .
Both breweries make enjoyable beer and offer the brew pub environment that many an American or Englishman may miss when spending an extended period in Paris.
While the Frog pubs tend to attract a crowd that most of us aim to avoid (a little too young, a little too loud, a little too drunk after one demi) I can highly recommend the Frog at Bercy Village, which is one of the few places in Paris where you aren't squeezed into your spot at the bar or booth. The spacious design and high ceilings of this multi-level pub make bumping into things a less immenent event (you will still have to watch out for people walking into you during their busy happy hour or weekends).
Last but not least, my favorite new beer address has just become even more interactive! For those of you that love beer and want to get in the game, the Brasserie Zymotik is now offering a series of beer brewing lessons.
For 100 euro you can enroll in the lessons which take place over two sessions; the first is a brewing session and then 10 days later you get to come back for the second installment where you bottle your beer and take it home with you! The fee includes all materials, lessons, bottles, and some quality beer tasting.
If you're not ready to start brewing, you can still visit the Zymotik Brasserie and see where the magic happens. Florent holds a weekly apero, on Tuesdays from 18h-20h, where you can taste the beer and buy your favorites for a very reasonable price. Zymotik is located at 65 rue Danton in Montreuil (metro° Marie de Montreuil, line 9).
The sun is shining and the apèro is calling, what better time to grab a cold one and discover what the City of Pints has to offer!