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Superbieres

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.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Hop Malt Market

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.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Brew Unique

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.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Biérocratie

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.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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BAPBAP

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. You have to plan your visit and time it right, however, as the tasting room and shop’s opening hours are very limited. Full brewery tours are available in English (7pm Thursdays) or French (8:30pm Thursdays, 11am and 12:30pm Saturdays) and can be booked here. BAPBAP’s beers are well-built, if not particularly adventurous; favorites include the ShiFuMi summer ale and the Vertigo IPA.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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