It’s Time to Pay Tribute to Paris’s Craft Beer Scene
Just about everywhere there are discerning drinkers these days, there is a craft beer scene to please them. Paris is no exception. The city has some lovely bars where you can go to tip back a few pints, such as La Fine Mousse in the 11th, and Super Coin on the far side of the Butte Montmartre. There’s also a fantastic local microbrewery, La Brasserie la Goutte d’Or, which has on-site brewing and tastings.
But this summer, the evolutionary chain jumped ahead one crucial link with the opening of Paname Brewing Company, an actual microbrew-pub, with everything that description entails (loudness, average pizza, impeccably maintained kegs) on the 19th arrondissement’s Bassin de la Villette.
Though it benefits from a massive waterside terrace on a pretty slice of the 19th, PBC is otherwise cut from the same cloth as just about every microbrew-pub you know, from Santa Barbara to Boston. Stainless steel tanks are set back from a barn-style room, where sloppy pints and half pints are pulled by friendly tattooed types. People line up for pub grub and plan on staying for just one drink—then end up here for hours.
While the aforementioned pub grub is nothing special, the beer is excellent. To reflect the current obsession with hoppy IPAs, there is the bracingly bitter Barge du Canal IPA, which clocks in at 6% alcohol. The Black IPA, which is basically a stout, has a velvety sweetness to it, but with the crisp finish you’d expect from those last three letters.
As you might expect, there are seasonal beers as well, like the Casque d’Or, with its orangey zip. There are bottles on sale from other local brewers, like Deck & Donohue and La Parisienne, but the home brew and its perfect freshness is really the reason to go.
One doesn’t necessarily come to Paris looking for experiences that feel familiar. But on a summer day, as a fresh breeze blows and the rowboats pass by, one could do a lot worse than drop in to the PBC for a cold one, or ten.
Alexandra Marshall is a contributing editor and the Paris correspondent at Travel & Leisure. Food, design, architecture and fashion are her specialties, which means, living in Paris, that she is very busy. Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.