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La Fine Mousse

Boasting the very best selection of craft beers on tap in Paris, as well as a bottle collection that brings the total offer up to 150 different beers, La Fine Mousse is certainly one of the city’s most well-stocked beer bars.  It’s also one of the most expensive.  French craft beers share real estate with lesser-known Belgians and German brews, with room left over for the USA, the Netherlands, and less-represented places like Norway and Italy to show off their brewing prowess.  The meticulously curated beer list includes deep tracks from Brasserie St. Germain and Brewdog, and the descriptions (in French or English) will help you find just the beer you’re looking for.  Serious beer geeks abound, the quiet atmosphere of the early evening eventually giving way to a lively party vibe as the social lubricant kicks in.

– Camille Malmquist, September 2014

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 6 avenue Jean Aicard, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue St. Maur (3), Ménilmontant (2)
Hours: Every day, 5pm-2am
Telephone: 09 80 45 94 64
Average price for beer: 4-7€ for demis, 6-13€ for 33cl bottles
Number of taps: 20
Average price for food: 12€
Food options: planches of cheese, charcuterie, or both

Additional reviews

Haven in Paris (2014) “There’s no denying the quality of the ingredients or the creativity of the menu at LFM Restaurant. Like any innovative new venture, there are still a few wrinkles to iron out, especially considering the price point, but if you like craft beer and provocative food, or are simply curious, take a few friends and give La Fine Mousse a try.”
La Fine Mousse page on Beer Advocate

Le Figaro (2013) “Ouvert l’été dernier, un passage obligé pour tous les toqués du malt et du houblon. Entièrement dédié aux bières artisanales, le lieu joue la carte d’un certain modernisme avec ses murs bruts et pierres apparentes et ses becs chromés alignés derrière le bar. Les références du moment sont annotées à la craie sur le tableau noir. Il ne reste plus qu’à se laisser guider pour choisir.”

The Daily Croissant (2013) “A cozy bar serving 150 different quality beers from around the world, it also offers around twenty pressions, served right on tap.  These are constantly being switched in and out, so there’s always something new to try.  Blondes, reds, stouts, porters, IPAs, the list goes on and on.  Feeling adventurous?  Try the Old Crustacean Barleywine, their strongest beer on tap at 11.5% ABV.  If you’re overwhelmed by the wealth of options, the bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable, and always let you have a taste before committing to anything.”

Paris Bouge (2012) “Les créateurs de La Fine Mousse sont peut être en train de changer une habitude. Celle qui consiste à considérer la bière comme un alcool d’happy hour, sans caractère et sans identité. En effet, depuis 1 mois, ce bar élégant, à l’opposé de la taverne et de l’ambiance pub, propose de déguster une sélection de bières étonnantes et variées: 20 bières en pression en alternance selon les semaines et de nombreuses bouteilles.”
Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2012) “Given the size of the craft beer market in numerous other major cities, Paris’ stagnant beer scene has long presented an untapped opportunity. So I was overjoyed to learn that, with the soft opening last month of a majestic twenty-tap beer bar called La Fine Mousse in a quiet square off rue Oberkampf, some enterprising young Frenchmen have at last seized the moment… The highlights of some recent trips to La Fine Mousse have instead been a balanced and lightly spiced local IPA from Brasserie Outland, in Bagnolet, and Spezial’s impressively weird Rauchbier, or smoked lager, redolent of bacon…”

One Reply to “La Fine Mousse”

  1. La Fine Mousse has an excellent selection of French brews, both on tap and in bottles. A friendly outpost for American expats, one will find dozens of intriguing options not regularly found in the US of A. Conveniently located just a minute’s walk from menilmontant metro.

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