Europe Good Bars/Breweries/Bottle Shops in France?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by mdfb79, May 21, 2013.

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  1. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    Hey everyone,

    I'll be traveling to France in two weeks for about 10 days and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions of great bars, breweries, or bottle shops to visit?

    I will actually be in Monte-Carlo for a day, in Nice for 2 days, and then making smaller trips to Eze, Arles, Avignon, Versailles. I'll spend the most time, and have the most free time, in Paris, being there for about 3.5 days.

    I guess my main questions are:

    1. Are there any good breweries in any of those cities that are worth visiting?

    2. Are there any good bars in any of those cities that will have a lot of good French beers on tap?

    3. Are there are good bottle shops in any of those cities that I'd be able to buy European beers at (such as Belgian beers like DF or Cantillon)?

    I imagine most suggestions would be in Paris which is fine, but any help would be appreciated. I've checked out Beerfly but figured locals might have good suggestions.
  2. IckyFlix

    IckyFlix Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 France


    Can only help you with the parisian leg of your trip.

    So :
    1. Few brewerys around Paris :
    - Outland in Bagnolet
    - Brasserie ZYMOTIK in Montreuil
    - My Beer Company
    - La brasserie de la Goutte d'Or
    Not sure you can really visit.

    2. The only bar that will have "a lot of good french beers on tap" will be La Fine Mousse. You can check what the have nowadays here :

    You can also check Le Supercoin, they only have french beers but bottles only (except Craig Allan beers).

    A great bar you should check : L'Express de Lyon but I don't think they have french beers at the moment

    3. You HAVE to go to La Fine Mousse, you will find a great selection of french beers, belgian, dutch, danish ... and Simon (the owner will help you in your quest).
    You can also check The Brewberry and Bieres Cultes.

    You can find a map here :

    Voila, hope it was useful
  3. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    Thanks for the tips! Based on the feedback I've received, I'm thinking of hitting the following:

    Nice: Vini Mundo
    Avignon: Le Vin Devant Soi (for wine and beer)
    Paris: La Fine Mousse for a bar and La Cave a Bulles for bottles. Maybe hit up The Brewberry if I have time.

    Random question; do you know if Simon, the owner of La Fine Mousse is the same Simon who owns La Cave a Bulles? I might contact him ahead of time so was just curious.
  4. IckyFlix

    IckyFlix Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 France

    It's the same guy. Simon owns La Cave a Bulles and is the co-owner of La Fine Mousse with 3 other guys.
  5. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    Excellent, thanks!
  6. Richard-de-Beer

    Richard-de-Beer Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Have a look and see if there is a V and B shop near your destinations. They carry a decent range of French beers, and also international ones. They have a few shops spread round France.
  7. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,788) Oct 19, 2010 California

    I really liked Brewberry. Not the same selection as La Cave a Bulles, but the people there all seemed really passionate about beer which is important to me.
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  8. MsNitch

    MsNitch Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2012 France

  9. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    Thanks again everyone. I ended up drinking mostly wine on the trip (as expected), but did make visits to La Cave a Bulles and La Fine Mousse once in Paris. Both places were great and had great selections. Was able to bring back some cool-sounding French sour beers and some Cantillon from La Cave a Bulles, and was able to try some more Cantillon and some new French/Belgians I had never heard of on site at La Fine Mousse. Would highly recommend both places in Paris.
  10. IckyFlix

    IckyFlix Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 France

    Glad to hear that you had a great stay !!!
    Which french beers did you taste / bring back ?
  11. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    From France, I had the following while in the country:
    Kronenbourg 1664
    Desparados (woof)
    Pelforth Brune
    Thiriez's La Rouge Flamande
    Craig Allan's Cuvee D'Oscar

    and brought back the following bottles:
    Thiriez's Dalva Millésime
    Thiriez's Vieille Brune

    I enjoyed the La Rouge Flamande and Cuvee D'Oscar quite a bit, and was told the two bottles of Thiriez beers I brought back were both French sours, so very interested to try them both.
  12. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2012 California
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    Any luck while in Nice? I'm here now and haven't really seen much.
  13. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2012 California
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    Should anyone check this topic out, Brune Rousse Houblon in Nice has a nice, little selection of bottles to go. Grabbed 375's of Rose de Gambrinus, Kriek 100% Lambic and Guezue 100% Lambic Bio (and 1 750ml, too).
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  14. mizx

    mizx Aspirant (258) Jan 26, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Sorry for hijacking the thread :slight_smile:, but can anyone point out anything in Brittany worth looking for?

    I'm a little clueless about good French breweries besides those in Nord pas de Calais, so it would be great to discover something local to where we're staying (near Pontivy). I did find an expat run micro brewery/pub an hour away, and Kerisac cidre in the other direction, Domaine Dupont isn't too far off our route in Calvados either.

    I've tried to find good bottle shops in the area or way back to Calais that might have the likes of Cantilon etc., but drawn blanks, that would be fantastic for the obligatory haul (haven't been for a few years, this is the first time the beer isn't going to let the wine down :grinning:)
  15. IckyFlix

    IckyFlix Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 France

    Britanny is one of the most active area regarding craft beer.
    You can check those breweries :

    Site de la mine d'or - 56460 Le Roc St André

    BRASSERIE TOUKEN - PHILOMENN Blonde, Stout, Blanche, Rousse, Spoum, Tourbée
    Kervenec, 22220 Minihy-Tréguier

    Kerouel, 29910 TREGUNC





    You should try the Duchesse Anne and the different Philommenn.
  16. mizx

    mizx Aspirant (258) Jan 26, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Great stuff, thanks!
  17. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2012 California
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    Visited Simon at La Cave a Bulles, what a great guy. Stayed open later than usual to accomodate those that came in right at closing.

    Grabbed a Brewdog/Ballast San Diego Scotch Ale, 2005 3F Oude Geuzue and a Rose de Gambrinus because I cant get enough of it. Wish I could have gotten more but I didn't want to ship any more back to Nice.

    For anyone that goes, hit him up beforehand, he said he is open to trading too.
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  18. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,866) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    I almost got an '05 3F OG too...let me know how it is! :slight_smile:
  19. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2012 California
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    btw, I tried a Desperados as well. Drain pour. I can't understand how so many places carry it!
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