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Paris Beer Week: La P’tite Soeur

#1 in my favorite brews from the Paris region: La P’Tite Soeur

Let’s keep it in the family. ‘The Little Sister’ is my go-to beer of choice in the Paris region, if not the world. Even before you try it, it charms you. Let’s first look at the significance of the name. La petite soeur refers to your second beer. It’s like telling the barman ‘I’ll have another, just like the first one.’ I love that expression!

Second, the label: it’s so gosh-darn cute! All bottles have the same little rascal sticking out her tongue and making a face at you, but she may be blond, or red-headed, or brunette depending on the contents. How cool is that?

And what contents! Flavorful, with a thick head when poured into a mug. It just hits the spot every time. I have a penchant for la Rousse, which strikes the perfect combination of taste, smoothness and alcohol content. She may look like a pest, but it’s all a game, she’s nothing but fun!

Speaking of family, Father’s Day is coming soon. I really really like this beer. Yep, I can’t think of a better present to give a dad than some bottles of this beer. Pop one open with your poppa. Did I mention Father’s Day?

Go here to get some local suds:

La P’tite Soeur sells directly to the public Friday and Saturday

165 boulevard de la république, 78500 Sartrouville

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You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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Paris Beer Week: Vexin

We’re down to the Top 2 of my favorite craft brewers from the Paris region, and the ‘Beer from Vexin’ isn’t a secret for anyone anymore. They’ve won so many awards, they certainly don’t need my help.

If you’ve never tried it, you absolutely have to. Everything they do is so refined, with good flavor without being too rich. Their speciality is a beer mixed with honey, called the ‘Véliocasse’ which is simply lovely all year ’round, but especially now in hot weather. It has just the right touch of sweetness, but remains fully ‘beer’ flavored, and pleases monsieur and madame equally. I also adore their amber beer, ‘La Vexinoise.’

They brew on the premises of a farm that I’d highly recommend visiting. The barn has hops dangling from the awnings, and the entire place is imbued with beer culture. On the weekend, you can sit outside, and enjoy lunch and a beverage. Their beer is found in supermarkets all over the region, but the farm is the only place you can buy in bulk. You won’t want to take a chance that your local grocer is out of Vexin beer, so fill your trunk.

Go here to get some local suds:

Biere du Vexin

Croix des ruelles, 95450 THEMERICOURT

https://www.biere-du-vexin.com

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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Paris Beer Week: six pack for the road

La Gitane is the smokiest beer I’ve ever tasted and liked. A bit more smoke, and I’d a set down me glass. Still, very original, and something I’d turn to again once the weather got colder.

Brasserie La Baleine

17 Rue Henri Duvernois
75020 Paris, France

http://www.brasserie-la-baleine.com

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

 

Hard as it may be to believe, I don’t spend all of my time seeking out new beers to taste. There are still some craft breweries in the area I’ve yet to try.

Here are some from the Paris region that I haven’t yet tasted, but they’re on my wish list:

Volcelest  authentic non-fermented beer

brasserie de la vallée de Chevreuse

28 rue du Roseau
78610 Le Perray en Yvelines

www.brasseriechevreuse.com

 

Brasserie de la Reine

Rambouillet

https://www.facebook.com/labrasseriedelareine/

 

Sagesse

Maisons-Laffitte

www.biere-sagesse.fr

 

Brasserie BapBap

79 rue Saint-Maur,  Paris 75011

Métro : Rue Saint-Maur, ligne 3

Nos bières

 

Brasserie La Goutte d’Or

28 rue de la Goutte d’Or, 75018 Paris

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK #biere

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Paris Beer Week: BGP

California is a theme chosen by the Brasserie de Grand Paris or BGP to attract attention to their brews. The cable car above reminds me of NorCal, and the one below of SoCal.

I preferred the latter, because a beer with smoky flavor is so original. Almost hickory aftertaste.

The BGP is almost as prolific as O’Clock in that they produce so many different kinds of beers. One or a dozen are likely to suit your taste.

Go here to get some local suds:

Brasserie de Grand Paris

103 rue Charles Michels
93200 Saint – Denis

https://www.bgp.paris/7/nos-bieres https://www.facebook.com/mybeer/

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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Paris Beer Week: Distrikt Versailles

She’s refreshing, easygoing, the girl next door. Always pleasant, never bitter. Won’t hurt your head with deep conversation. Personally, I prefer my girl a bit more ‘chipie’ or fuller of flavor. But you can’t go wrong with Mademoiselle Versailles.

She’s the most bubble-headed of brews from Distrikt brasserie. I can’t wait to try their Clash beer, which is a triple. Give me the taste! They also have a couple other cool names with Groovy and Funky, but they’re IPAs, so I’ll stay away.

And give me the music. The brewery put out a special recipe and bottle in a collaboration with the Naïve New Beaters. I guess that electronic machine noise is what the kids are listening to nowadayz. Bring back the Clash, I say.

Go here to get some local suds:

BRASSERIE DISTRIKT
PLAINE DE VERSAILLES
FERME DE GRIGNON
ROUTE DE LA FERME
78850 THIVERVAL-GRIGNON
WWW.DISTRIKTBEER.COM  https://www.facebook.com/distriktbeer/  

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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Paris Beer Week: Toussaint

Another in the series of my favorite craft breweries from the Paris region: La brasserie Toussaint. They are another IPA specialist, and even make their own ‘French’ version, called the FPA. I shy away from the bitters and go for their lighter easy-drinkin’ brews like La Lucienne, La Blanche (wittbier) or Le Miel. The latter is mixed with honey, which is a winning combination in my book. On Saturday, this honey bear will share his favorite honey beer.

Go here to get some suds:

La brasserie Toussaint

1 Chemin de Prunay
Louveciennes, France

www.brasserietoussaint.com https://www.facebook.com/brasserietoussaint/

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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Paris Beer Week: O’Clock

In honor of Paris Beer Week, I’m starting a new series: my favorite brews from the region of Paris, aka ‘Ile-de-France’ or IDF. Most of the beers I’ll share are from one ‘département,’ the Yvelines.

People from other major metropolis areas are always amazed to find how much of the Paris region is rural farmland. I’m at an end of the line train station, only 45min from Paris, in a village of 4 000 people, surrounded by forests and wheat fields. Much of the outlying areas are like this, and so this is a huge producer of flour and grains, but also hops, barley and yeast. All the ingredients are in our backyard to make beer.

Recently, an explosion of micro-breweries have popped up, from only a handful a decade ago to 52 today. And now, craft beer even has its own festival. I haven’t been, but I have visited a number of these breweries in-person. The first I’d like to tell you about is O’Clock.

What time is it? It’s beer o’clock! It’s beer:30! We’ve all heard that expression many times, and now it’s official. The O’Clock Brewery must have the most eclectic and diverse brews in all of IDF. They make more than two dozen different beers, from light white to kick your ass flavorful Jamaica Sound Clash (really, you’ll have a hard time finishing one). The labels are playful and retro.

They specialize in IPA, which outright eliminates 20 of their beers for me. I can’t stand the bitterness of pale ales. However, they make some lovely stouts and darker beers. My favorites are Stout Toujours, Baden Baden, and the stout/cognac mix they produce. On a chillier day, nothing’s better to warm your insides. Later in the week, I’ll have some Summer brews to share. Meanwhile, go here to get some suds:

O’clock brewing

3 rue Georges Méliès, Bois-d’Arcy (next to Leroy Merlin)

http://www.oclockbrewing.fr  09.51.53.11.22 https://www.facebook.com/oclockbrewing/

You can taste this beermaker and many more at Paris Beer Week. Go to the website and check out the events through Sunday.

#Paris #Yvelines #tourism #travel #ParisBeerWeek #Paris_BeerWeeK

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we remember Bibesco

On this day, we bid bye-bye to Georges III Bibesco the last Prince of Valachie, which was known as Transylvania. He’s a descendant of Vlad the Impaler who inspired the book Dracula. A royal eagle on his sepulchre carries a stake and cross, which are the means to kill a vampire. Was he a bloodsucker? Well, he’s dead, ain’t he? Them Nosferatus are supposed to be immortal.

You can find him on the bottom of a pile of noble relatives in the “Grave of Noailles.”  I’ll guide you to his final resting place on #MyVoiceMap audio tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

#Paris #tourism #travel #VoiceMap #audioguide #eBook #goofball

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Happy B-day Duncan

Happy Birthday Isadora Duncan, a free spirit if there ever was one. If she was alive today, she’d probably wiggle her tush to this tune. That is, if she hadn’t been choked to death by her scarf getting caught in the wheels of her convertible!

I’ll guide you to her final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from her life.

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.  Find out why she slaps me, the wildcat!

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Balzac

Happy Birthday Honoré de Balzac. You know those books that go on and on, but you’ve invested so much time in reading them that you continue, hoping to reach the end? Well, that’s what Balzac wrote. The same long book. For 30 years.

Must be great, because it’s so critically acclaimed. Personally, I’d never pick up a book which I knew I couldn’t finish. I once challenged myself to read War and Peace. More than a thousand pages and 500 characters. And each character had like three names- the official, the regular, and the diminutive. I was often lost. It took me six months reading a couple pages before going to sleep every night. Spoiler alert, uh, Napoleon flees Moscow and barely gets back home alive.

Anyway, after that experience, I’ve never picked up Balzac, who wrote the equivalent of War and Peace many times over. Nevertheless, bravo, man, that’s a helluva life’s work! For all you did, Rodin could have done a better job, instead of making you look like the Elephant Man!

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on MyVoiceMap audio tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

#Paris #tourism #travel #VoiceMap #audioguide #eBook #goofball

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