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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 03, 2016, 07:19:43 AM »
Glad to hear things have changed because I lived in Paris for a year in 2004-5,and I do not have fond memories of French beer. I mostly drank this swill called 1668 or something which was reminiscent of American mass-produced lager. I hung out with some British ex-pats, and there were quite a few decent Irish pubs with decent beer, one in particular called The Frog and Something over by the Bibliotheque National (sp?).

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Frog and British Library next to Bibliotheque François Mitterand, yep. It's on my way home when I take the train, so whenever strikes happen, it's the first place I go. Has much improved over the last few years.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 03, 2016, 07:18:42 AM »
Then they must have been well hidden last time I was there, which was in July, between Belgium an Bretagne ;)

Did you visit Paris at all? The boonies are not particularly well-served at this time - Lyon has some interesting stuff now as well, but not as much.
Not this time, but being Belgian I've been to Paris many times, obviously. I find most French pubs depressing with biere a la menthe an absolute low ;) but I did go to cidrerie Dupont in Normandy, which is absolutely awesome. From Bretagne I do remember the Cervoise, a beer with seven herbs and honey, which is ""interesting"".  And of course there is the ubiquitous Leffe, an export product that almost makes me feel ashamed to be Belgian.

See my list above for the 'good' pubs. And if you're in Lille, go to La Capsule.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 03, 2016, 07:18:02 AM »
Hi Phil.  Could you recommend any breweries or neighborhoods with breweries to visit?  I'll also be visiting this year; am fired up to wander around Paris and have some fun.

For the most part, breweries here don't do visits or have taprooms in the way US breweries do - there are a couple but you need to check in advance: Deck & Donohue and Brasserie de la Goutte d'Or are two that I know have tastings on Saturdays(?).

Otherwise good bars to visit, in no particular order:

La Fine Mousse
A L'Express du Lyon
Brewberry
Paname Brewing Company
Le Trois Huit (888)
Supercoin
There are a number of Frog pubs, they're the oldest brewpubs in Paris, IMO the best one is Frog and Princess, better quality control there and a nice English pub atmosphere.

Also April 29- May 8 it's Paris Beer Week: https://www.facebook.com/parisbeerweek lots of stuff going on.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 12:13:08 PM »
I will be in paris this summer if all goes as planned on our family euro trip. Look forward to checking out the new brewing scene.

Look me up when you get out here, I'd be happy to take you guys out and see the beery sights.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 12:10:00 PM »

I'm the founder (I used to say president, but we've never had elections and I'm not as active as I used to be) of the Paris Homebrewers Club. I've seen the French beer scene explode over the last six years, with pretty decent (although not quite "American" numbers), growing from 200 to more than 600 breweries over the last ten years, with a very large portion of that growth over the last four years. Quality used to be an issue, and understanding that volume is important (do not spend 6 hours brewing 5 hectoliters when you could spend 6 hours brewing 50 hectoliters) is still an issue, but there are some truly great beers here.

I could go on for a long time about the craft scene here, but it'd be better to just show you - are you going to be in Paris at all next week?

Cool!  I have a big box of hop candy headed to la cave a bulles (today or tomorrow) and should be there by next week.  Tell Simon your first piece is on me, haha!

Simon is the godfather to one of our kids, actually - and I am quite familiar with your hop candy, they're great!

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:08:06 AM »
Then they must have been well hidden last time I was there, which was in July, between Belgium an Bretagne ;)

Did you visit Paris at all? The boonies are not particularly well-served at this time - Lyon has some interesting stuff now as well, but not as much.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:58:27 AM »
The only half decent French beers I know are from Brasserie Thiriez (Biere de garde). But, honestly, in my humble opinion, France and beer do not go together well. Better beer pubs serve Belgian beers. I'd stick to wine.

This used to be true, even up to five or so years ago, but is most definitely no longer the case.

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:57:42 AM »
I like to travel as much as i like to try new good beers. Next weekend i will spend in France. Do you know any name or kind of beer in France?

I'm the founder (I used to say president, but we've never had elections and I'm not as active as I used to be) of the Paris Homebrewers Club. I've seen the French beer scene explode over the last six years, with pretty decent (although not quite "American" numbers), growing from 200 to more than 600 breweries over the last ten years, with a very large portion of that growth over the last four years. Quality used to be an issue, and understanding that volume is important (do not spend 6 hours brewing 5 hectoliters when you could spend 6 hours brewing 50 hectoliters) is still an issue, but there are some truly great beers here.

I could go on for a long time about the craft scene here, but it'd be better to just show you - are you going to be in Paris at all next week?

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:51:37 AM »
You knew I'd come out of the woodwork for this one. I have a meeting now but am adding a response to my todo list.

Hey Phil! long time.

Up to 3.5 kids now - plus a growing consulting business - it's been a while since I've brewed, unfortunately. But it's always in the back of my mind ;-)

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Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:19:23 AM »
You knew I'd come out of the woodwork for this one. I have a meeting now but am adding a response to my todo list.

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Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:05:07 AM »
Phiiiillll!

Glad all is well with your family and business!

Hope you've had time to squeeze in some brewing here and there.

Thanks Euge! I did actually get to brew recently during a pilot test here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BU-Brew-Unique/350188175143500?sk=timeline

Otherwise... The marching orders are:
1. finish kitchen remodel
2. redo deck w/ outdoor kitchen
3. set up brewing area in said outdoor kitchen

Hopefully I can get to that in time for winter lagering.

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Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 20, 2015, 12:52:26 AM »
Mostly Staples Center, although I would like to do a small (< 50-60 miles) roadtrip somewhere to a beach - I was thinking Malibu, but really am fine with anything. I'll have a car for a couple days and then it'll be Uber all week long.

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Beer Travel / Los Angeles
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:17:29 AM »
Hey guys, long time no talk. Been a busy busy busy busy YEAR and a half practically. All is fine, no health problems, but with three kids and a ton of new business coming in with my company I barely have time to sit down these days.

I'm going to be at Drupalcon in LA from Saturday may 8th through the monday after, the 17th. If any of you guys are in the LA area I'd be happy to bring a few interesting French beer bottles and talk beer in general. And if you have suggestions for good bottle shops that'd be much appreciated as well :-)

Cheers!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judges are needed in China!
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:18:59 AM »
Does the judge have to have BJCP certification?

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Events / 2014 GBBF
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:09:20 AM »
So far it's me, Theoman, and Alikocho. Anybody else going? I'll be there from Tuesday through Friday.

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