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The Perfect Pint.  King William Real Ale Freehouse.  Derby, UK

Parisian Craft Beers: Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Paname  Brewing Company , Paris
craft beer selection at Paname Brewing Company , Paris

Paname Brewing Company, Paris

41 bis Quai de la Loire

75017 Paris

Metro: Crimée, line 7

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM daily

The waters of Basin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement provide an incredible setting for Paname Brewing Company’s Parisian craft beers.

Followers of the craft beer movement in Paris will love Paname’s selection, which includes:

  • Le Barge Du Canal, IPA
  • L’Oeil De Biche, Pale Ale
  • Un Singe En Hiver, Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Casque D’Or Saison, Belgian Wheat
  • Bete Noire Black IPA, Black Ale

Paname also has a rock solid brewery menu serving up cheeseburgers, salads, pizza, and even cheesecake.

No reservations needed – tables are first come, first served.

Paname Brewing Company, Paris
the water views at Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Photos courtesy Paname Brewing Company

Craft Beer and Rock Music: Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris
sample of bottled beers at Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris

3 rue Baudelique

75018 Paris

Metro: Simplon, line 4

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Sunday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Le Supercoin is billed as a “pop rock garage bistro”, and described by most as a friendly, lively and downright cool place to enjoy a good beer and a good night.

Craft beer is Le Supercoin’s thing.  It regularly features French craft beer on tap, along with a Czech beer selection and more.  American-style pale ales and IPA’s are available too.

The backdrop of music at Le Supercoin has a rock/grunge rock leaning, but does not overpower conversations.  The occasional live band adds to the overall effect.

After sampling the beer selection, Le Supercoin also has a whiskey collection to work through.

Le Supercoin, Paris
Le Supercoin, Paris

Photos courtesy Le Supercoin

Late Night Paris Highlight: Octopussy Bar

Octopussy Bar, Paris
rock and roll at Octopussy Bar, Paris

Octopussy, Paris

22 Rue de La Jonquière

75017 Paris

Metro: Guy Môquet, line 13

Hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Saturday 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Closed Sunday.

For an utterly interesting late night whiskey and beer, head to Octopussy bar in the 18th arrondissement.

Open since mid-2014, Octopussy is known for events such as blind taste tests, clothing exchanges, oyster tastings and more.  These occasions fit with the overall rock-and-roll vibe of the place.  Live bands also stop by.

Octopussy is also a great place to catch a rugby match on TV, and even just relax in the comfy lounge upstairs.

Octopus decor is all around but not overwhelming – check out the octopus lights and octopus tip jar at the bar.

Octopussy Bar, Paris
street view of Octopussy Bar, Paris
Octopussy Bar, Paris
menu at Octopussy Bar, Paris

Photos courtesy Octopussy, Paris

One Of The Biggest Beer Selections In Paris: Brewberry

24 beers on tap at Brewberry, Paris

Brewberry, Paris

11 Rue du Pot de Fer

75005 Paris

Metro: Place Monge, line 7

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Sunday 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Closed Monday

On the walk between Le Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Plantes sits one of the biggest beer selections in Paris: Brewberry.

Brewberry consists of two locations on opposite sides of the street: one with 24 different draft beers; the other with 450 different bottled beers.

While much of Paris focuses on wine pairings, Brewberry instead matches beer to their food menu.  Brewberry staff will recommend the best beer pairing for your salad, burger, veggie burger or fish.

For dessert, be sure to find out which beer goes best with the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream served at Brewberry.

24 beers on tap at Brewberry, Paris
24 beers on tap at Brewberry, Paris
Brewberry, Paris
450 bottled beers at Brewberry, Paris

Photos courtesy of Brewberry, Paris

Frog Revolution Restaurant and Microbrewery, Paris

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Microbrews at Frog Revolution. Photo Courtesy Alexandra Berry, Frog Revolution.

Frog Revolution

9 Rue de la Bastille

75004 Paris

Metro Stop: Bastille, lines 1, 5 and 8

Hours: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM daily

Frog Revolution is one of nine Frog Pub microbreweries in France, proudly selling over one million pints of award-winning craft beer per year.

American visitors feel nice and cozy at Frog Revolution, with everything from cheeseburgers to veggie burgers to nachos on the menu.  Frog Revolution craft beers, with names like London Porter, Dunkelblond and Dark De Triomphe, remind guests they are still in Paris.

Frog Revolution further attracts the international crowd with live NFL football and rugby matches on generous TV screens.  In fact, a sister pub, The Frog at Bercy Village, has the largest HD screen in Paris.

Great wifi is available at Frog Revolution, and English is spoken and welcome.

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The microbrew lineup at Frog Revolution. Photo Courtesy Alexandra Berry, Frog Revolution
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Frog Revolution. Photo Courtesy Alexandra Berry, Frog Revolution
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Inside Frog Revolution. Photo Courtesy Alexandra Berry, Frog Revolution

The Best of Munich: Beer Gardens

coasters: your beer's best friend in Munich
coasters: your beer’s best friend in Munich

The U.S. has sports bars. Sports bars are great places to meet up with friends, and they give you lots of choices: beer and football, food and football, just beer, just food, or just football. Plenty of choices.

A beer garden in Munich has less choices. It’s just as it sounds: an outdoor setting where they serve beer in or near a garden. Very large beer in very large and very heavy glasses. A child under age 10 probably couldn’t pick one of these glasses up, even when it’s empty.

There is little chance of getting anything other than beer at a Munich beer garden. There aren’t any other choices. Beer gardens are set up for beer only, and perhaps the rare and occasional giant pretzel. In fact, the selection of beer will likely be very limited, maybe only three different types.

This arrangement leaves room for only drinking and conversation, which ends up being one of the best experiences in Munich.

One of the larger and better known beer gardens in Munich is Englischer Garten (English Garden). Englischer Garden contains the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), which is a tall pagoda that does not look English at all. You’ll typically find both tourists and locals at Englischer Garten.   It is common to see locals in full lederhosen and dirndl here, which will make you a bit jealous that you can’t pull off the traditional German look yourself. Weekends here often include a brass band to make the drinking experience complete.

Another outdoor Garden, the Augustiner Keller, is one of the oldest beer gardens in Munich. It has a bit wider selection of food than just pretzels, but sticks with just the Augustiner beer brand. This place is huge, with seating for about 5,000 folks. Again, beer is served only in huge glasses, which you must grip with a full handshake if you want to maintain control.

Eventually, Munich gets cold and snowy and you need to move indoors for your beer experience. For most new visitors and tourists, that means going to Hofbrauhaus Munchen (Munich). Again, the beer choices are more limited than a U.S. sports bar, but here there are more choices for food and drink when compared to the outdoor gardens.

Hofbrauhaus caters more to the tourist, with a complete gift shop that includes t-shirts and the famous giant beer glasses. However, you’ll find plenty of locals here as well, and often a younger crowd from the nearby university. Seating at Hofbrauhaus consists mostly of long wooden tables in a spacious hall, so you’ll be sitting with some new folks. Don’t worry – the beer makes a great lubricant for conversation. And if that doesn’t work, the house brass band will play a crowd participation anthem every hour. You’ll have most of it memorized by the time you leave.