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Sometimes a few good chilled beers is all you need to bring over to a friend’s place for an impromptu apéro & beer tasting… ideally after a quick stop at one of Paris’s beer shops (post of all of my favorite beer spots coming soon).

Photographed above are the fabulously labeled bottles of Brasserie de la Senne, one of my current fav’ European brasseries right now, located Brussels. It’s the ultimate Belgian craft brewery.

Stay tuned for my favorite beer stops in Paris, coming soon.

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We were greeted by Guillaume (if my memory serves me well), the guy that runs the place, who was honestly just so nice and boy does he know his beer. Their American section has a few of my Colorado favorites (Left Hand Brewery and Blue Moon), amongst many well known American breweries. There is a wall for Belgian beers, a wall for French beers, with a table covered with European beers in between. There are stacked books and posters on the walls… You really feel like you’re in a beer wonderland when you walk in. Grab a beer from the fridge to drink immediately, or to take to Place de Vosges for a picnic in the sun.

The shop carries brands that have already take Paris’s beer scene by storm like Brooklyn Brewery, Mikkeller, Rogue and Outland, as well as newbie or lesser known craft breweries like Deck & Donohue (Montreuil), Brasserie la Corrézienne and Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels). The selection of French beers was phenomenal, I wanted to take one of each. Guillaume explained the heightened interest in craft beer, and how France has more and more breweries opening up. Needless to say he was such a friendly fellow and I truly look forward to my next trip in to get a monthly stock of delicious beer.

16 Rue des Tournelles, 75004
Tél: 01 75 57 15 06
Métro: Bastille (8/5/1)

deck-donohue-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-001“Something’s brewing in Montreuil…” is what seems to be the initial headline on the subject of Deck & Donohue (source). Indeed, something is brewing over in Montreuil, and it’s fantastic. After checking out the founders, Thomas and Mike’s, brew blog AND having the perfect timing as they opened shop officially in March, I knew I had to pay a visit. Last week I traveled across Paris’s borders to the eastern suburb that is Montreuil. Thomas & Mike greeted me with a smile as I entered their magical craft brewery. The space is pristine – it’s new and the equipment is plopped in the middle as it should be. It is filled with light with an industrial touch, and the natural sun rays make for a stunning and delightful space to get their craft on.

After giving their Trouble #6 a tasteroo, the two showed me their set up and explained the 4-1-1 to their beer magic. The space may seem small, but it’s where they do it all – brew, fermentation, bottling (that is semi-automatic) and packing. We sipped their beers on a little metal table I had the pleasure of tasting all of their gamme, each of which has something different to offer. You can also go to visit their headquarters on Saturdays from 10h-15h to taste their beers, it’s certainly worth the trek.

Deck & Donohue currently has 4 beers : Mission Pale Ale, Trouble #6, Monk and Indigo IPA. All divine. As a hoppy beer fan and an IPA fanatic, their Indigo IPA did just the trick for me. They will also have a seasonal beer to top the list this year.

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France is the sister country of the magical Belgium, the land of delicious Abbaye beer and brewers of all kinds, also the source of inspiration where brewers such as those that started New Belgium Brewery in Colorado (also, heaven). Their know-how has been a staple in the world’s beer making, and if you haven’t been to Belgium already, you probably should. France always had the access to incredibly delectable Belgian beers, and also has countless breweries in the regions across the land, but for some reason their own artisanal beers just aren’t as well known in the capital as they should be. But this is all changing. Beer shops are popping up left and right featuring more and more French and other European beers, and even sometimes a little je ne sais quoi from the good ol’ USA.

In fact, changing so much that there is the first ever Paris Beer Week this year, in May.

Deck & Donohue‘s beers (bottled or on tap) are served in places like Holybelly, Cantine California & Les Trois 8… You can get them on shop shelves like at Moustache Blanche, and I have a feeling they will be more and more present in the months to come.

Something about supporting local production is so satisfying!

Follow Thomas & Mike on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know on where to find their delicious beers.

Deck & Donohue
71, rue de la Fraternité
93100 Montreuil

Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-00Hopping from brewery to brewery to tap room is one of my favorite things to do in Denver. With my brother last Christmas, we did a pretty epic Beer Hop that I published here on the blog.

This past summer when Louis and I headed to Denver we did a lot of brewery hops, and here is one I’d like to share with you today featuring a few smaller breweries.

Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-01We started in one of my favorite Denver neighborhoods, an artsy district in Denver just south of downtown. This hood is the home of the Renegade Brewing Company that had been recommended to me by many friend Denverites.

Like a lot of Denver hotspots, they are built into what used to be garages: big glass pane garage doors that open up to the ceiling revealing the summer sun rays. Renegade kept the industrial look, like a lot of Denver spots, too, with bricks and a stunningly intricate wooden bar. The scattered tables house board games, which I thought was pretty fantastic.

So, with our tasters of 5 O’Clock Afternoon Ale, Elevation IPA and others, we played a few rounds of Backgammon.

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TRVE was suggested to me by my best friend one day, and I knew I had to pop by to experience their totally different style: Metal + Brews. Not only is the brewery on one my favorite streets in the Mile High City, but it really is a different and more rock and punk atmosphere, which I really enjoyed.

Erika, Louis and I enjoyed the full set of their current brews from tasty and hoppy pale ale to a chocolatey coffee stout. I am obsessed with their single huge table with benches as seating… so wonderful and seems like it would be the best place to hang on a Friday night.

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Wit’s End’s tap room is filled with everything you’ll need to learn about some beer. The shelves are packed with books on topics varying from ingredients, to brews to passionate brewers. Little jars are displayed with beer ingredients to take a little sniff to get an idea about the chemistry behind their yummy beers. It definitely was a local feel that was so simple. Almost like a home brewer just opened their garage door and invited us over to taste it.

On their flight we tried all of the beers on tap at the time. The guy working was so kind and came over and really went into detail about each beer and how their brewing process. It was refreshing to have someone passionate really go into detail on the brews. I personally fell for the Kitchen Sink Porter that hot summer afternoon. Louis’s favorite was the Super FL IPA, a black IPA, as Wit’s End calls it, “a bad-ass beer”.

Did I mention they have the most fun names for their beers?

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The folks behind Kate’s Wine Bar opened a new little gem in downtown Littleton: Jake’s Brew Bar. Jake’s Brew Bar is like a coffeeshop and pub combined, offering delicious Novo coffees and craft beer in a lovely and cozy atmosphere. It’s pretty much fantastic. Since my mom just loves this place, it was at the top of our list for our day out together. As it was quite early in the morning, we went with an Irish Coffee and a morning snack.

The brew bar is decorated  all around the owner’s father’s personality & hobbies, Jake (Kate’s hubby). There are vintage sports posters & ads as well as battle knick knacks all over to emphasize the old-fashioned masculine feel. It sure is a throwback! I’m a big fan of the huge  vintage wool American flag that’s hanging in the entryway. Gosh, I keep thinking about how fun it probably was to decorate this place.

If I lived in the Denver area, I think I would be at Jake’s all the time to hang out, read, relax or even just play board games and sip a delicious craft beer. It’s totally my cup of tea.

P.S. The black and white photo in the 2nd row of photos is a picture of Kate & Jake. Isn’t that precious?

P.P.S. On my previous trip to Denver, I did a post on Kate’s Wine Bar. 

Jake’s Brew Bar
2540 W. Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120
Tél: (303) 996-1006