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Title: France?
Post by: Drewch on February 12, 2021, 12:59:53 PM
When this corona-coraziness is finished, the family and I really want to plan another trip to France to get out away from the big "tourist" cities. The kids are getting old enough to appreciate it, and our recent genealogical research keeps landing us in Normandy, Alsace, and Midi-Pyrinees.

What are the best breweries one could incorporate into a roadtrip around the perimeter of France?
Title: Re: France?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 12, 2021, 03:26:24 PM
My time in France is limited, but I did spend time in the Alsace region. My best advice beer wise is to drink the very nice Alsatian wines, and only sample the not so great beers. That was 22 years ago. The wines are still nice, but the beer may have improved.
Title: Re: France?
Post by: kramerog on February 12, 2021, 07:12:11 PM
Northern France including the Alsace is where the breweries are generally.  Biere de garde, which is the only BJCP-recognized French style, is from Northern France. In Normandy drink cider. Etienne Dupont is a great producer. Alsace has great white wines. Perhaps in the Pyrenees you can get sidra, Spanish cider. I can't speak to any recent breweries.
Title: Re: France?
Post by: Slowbrew on February 12, 2021, 08:44:23 PM
My experience in Alsace a couple of years ago echoes the others.  Not much going on with beer but the wines and ciders were wonderful.

Paul
Title: Re: France?
Post by: MDixon on February 12, 2021, 09:18:14 PM
I was in Normandy in 2018 and we didn't run into any local French beers or breweries while there. Not saying there aren't any, just we didn't find any.

I would suggest a few days in that area. It is beautiful with a lot of history. In addition to the Normandy American Cemetery visit the German Cemetery at La Cambe.
Title: Re: France?
Post by: Bilsch on February 13, 2021, 01:09:59 AM
Have been around France several times and suggest drinking the Belgian beers which are available widely on tap, and quite fresh.
Title: Re: France?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 13, 2021, 06:13:23 PM
Have been around France several times and suggest drinking the Belgian beers which are available widely on tap, and quite fresh.

This is true. In '99 when in Paris I did that. Realized the prices were high compared to beer in Germany. Changed to Red Wine, which was cheap. That may all be different now as the EU and Euro are in place.

I'm waiting for international travel to resume. Plans for 2020 were dashed.

Title: Re: France?
Post by: Drewch on February 14, 2021, 04:22:35 AM
Thanks for the input, all.

Google mostly turns up breweries in Nord Pas de Calais -- next door to Belgium; so no surprise there. La Choulette seems well thought of.

I hadn't thought about sidra, but it would be interesting to try some of the genuine Spanish article. I've only had American interpretations of it.