Bright and welcoming, this little shop near the Canal Saint Martin carries a large selection of French beers and a nicely curated selection of imports. There is even a seasonal house beer, brewed in collaboration with Brew Unique. Nico, the rock-drummer-turned-beer-aficionado owner, serves up sandwiches and other snacks for those who want to turn their beer run into lunch or an apéro.
Address: 79, rue St. Maur, 75011
Hours: Open every day 10:30am-1:30pm, 3pm-midnight.
Telephone: +33 1 55 28 77 24
The service is friendly and enthusiastic at this small, erratically-stocked shop. Look for the newest arrivals on the shelf right in front where lesser-known French beers hobnob with Belgian stalwarts and imports from further afield. Prices are very reasonable, especially for local and large-format beers.
In Other Words
Time Out Paris (2014) “A few things mark this venue out from the crowd: its excellent choice of craft and artisanal beers; its 2am closing time; and the eccentric charm of the owner, who invites punters to play him at chess on a table outside while sampling one of his brews. Whether or not you win the game, you can’t lose with a visit to this excellent grog shop.”
Spearheaded by Simon Thillou of La Cave à Bulles and directed by Mike Gilmore, formerly of Frog Pubs, Brew Unique is Paris’ first brew-it-yourself brewery. Newbies can choose from a provided set of beer recipes, and more experienced homebrewers can get pointers on their own creations. Either way, Gilmore guides guests through a four-hour brewing session, followed by bottling about a month later. All the necessary equipment and ingredients are there, and those lucky enough to have space to brew at home can even stock up, as the place moonlights as a homebrew supply shop.
Address: 32, rue de l’Espérance, 75013
Hours: Open Tuesday 11am-8pm. Open Wednesday 4pm-8pm. Open Thursday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. Telephone: +33 1 53 80 16 10
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In the charming Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, Jaclyn and Pierre Gidel’s small but well-organized shop houses an impressive library of local and international beers. Notable brews include Siren from England, the Alsatian Bendorf, and American beer Cigar City. The couple are very involved in the Paris craft beer scene, co-hosting the weekly Hoppy Hour events at Les Trois 8, organizing beer and cheese tasting nights with Fromagerie Quatrehomme, renting out kegs, and even posting recipes for cooking with beer on the shop’s website. If the trek down to the 13th makes you thirsty, you can pop over to nearby café Le Barrault-Vins and enjoy your beers on the terrace there for a €1 corkage fee.
Address: 79, rue Saint-Maur, 75011
Hours: Open Monday-Wednesday 5-8pm. Open Thursday 4-10pm. Open Friday 3-10pm. Open Saturday 2-10pm. Closed Sunday. Tours Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm.
Telephone: +33 1 77 17 52 97
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The name stands for brassée à Paris, bue à Paris – “brewed in Paris, drunk in Paris” – and this brewery is decidedly local. Housed in a former parking garage, BAPBAP has enough space not only to mill grain, brew, ferment, bottle, and store beer, but also for visitors to check out the brewing process and then settle in one of the comfy couches in the tasting room or strike up a game on the ping pong table. BAPBAP’s beers are well-built, if not particularly adventurous; favorites include the ShiFuMi summer ale and the Vertigo IPA.
If you like tap beer but want to drink it in the privacy of your home, you’ll be happy to learn that La Fine Mousse has started a growler program. They’re selling the refillable 2-liter jugs for 20€ and a fill from any of their 20 taps costs the same as five demis (usually in the 20-25€ range) – that’s eight beers for the price of five!
Throughout the week, bars, shops, and brewers will be hosting a wide range of events at locations across the city. With so many events on the schedule - beer tastings, lectures, brewing demonstrations, tap takeovers, beer-pairing dinners and more - there are going to be some tough decisions, but we're here to help narrow it down.
Until recently, beer drinkers in France who wanted to quaff anything with character had to be content with a limited number of foreign-made beers, mostly from Belgium. The Belgian brewing tradition is long and revered, featuring a wealth of brews in traditional styles. But as devotees of craft beer know, there is more to beer than simple tradition. Microbrewers in the US and UK have been bucking tradition for decades now, and in doing so have revitalized an industry and gained legions of passionate customers. In more recent years, while craft beers have taken off in neighboring countries like Denmark and Italy, France has lagged behind, content with its industrially-made Kronenbourg. That’s all changing. It seems that in Paris, craft beer has finally arrived.