I had heard many good things about Académie de la Bière. It was on my list of places to go for quite some time. Finally one evening Louis and I made it over there for a brewy date: Belgian style.
This little beer heaven is located right by Port Royal, near the Montparnasse neighborhood (14th). They’ve got a lovely outdoor seating area that is perfect for those spring evenings. The inside is tiny but cozy and can be. If you’re going to dinner, reservations are suggested. We had a cute table in a little window nook that had the perfect amount of space for our pints and a big bowl of delicious mussels.
The café houses about 12 beers on tap, and a large variety of bottled beer from France, Germany, Scotland and the Czech Republic, etc.
As beer lovers, this was the perfect place for a date this early evening. The servers gave excellent advice in terms of what kind of beers we fancy, which made me love it even more. What’s better than discovering new brewed creations?
Granted, eating mussels aren’t the most elegant things to be eating while on a date with your honey bee, but we made it work. May favorite part was Louis’s way of arranging his mussel shells that I found oh so charming.
The story behind this habit for lining up his shells goes all the way back to his mother’s father and his first date with his then soon-to-be grandmother. On one of their first dates they were eating mussels, and he did exactly that with his mussel shells. She apparently found this to be as charming as can be. The story has been told every since, and the boys in the family stack their mussel shells.
Cute, right? My bowl of shells was a bit less organized.
Académie de la Bière
88 bis, rue de la Port Roya, 75005
Tél: 01 43 54 66 65
Métro: Port Royal (RER B), Raspail (4), Vavin (4)