Every time I return to Paris, the beer scene has moved on considerably. On a recent visit, I became aware of several new bars, bottle shops and breweries in or around the capital, and made it to as many as time allowed. French craft breweries are clearly on the rise, with the likes of O’Clock, Hoppy Road, and Brasserie Sulauze producing outstanding beers. This makes life much easier for bars looking to support local and national artisans without diluting their offering.
A great place to check out this increasingly exciting French beer scene is La Robe et La Mousse, a new beer and natural wine bar on the Left Bank from the guys behind La Fine Mousse. It’s more of a rainy day or winter hangout with its dark interiors and moody lighting, and they even have a beer cave downstairs ready for busy evenings or events. Upstairs, their 16 tap (and two cask pumps) are entirely dedicated to French beers and cider, with half of them reserved for Parisian output from Deck & Donohue, Gallia, Grand Paris, De L’Être and friends. Then there are six affordable French natural wines on tap too, plus a line-up of French spirits and liqueurs. Cheese and charcuterie is also on hand to keep you going.
There’s little else in the area in the way of beer (at the time of writing), but you could put together a wine and small plates crawl with L’Avant Comptoir, Bar Etna and Chez Nous, or go in search of cocktails at Castor Club, Tiger and Prescription Cocktail Club. Plenty of fun to be had on the Left Bank!
La Robe et La Mousse – www.lafinemousse.fr/la-robe-et-la-mousse
3 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006
Matt The Tips : For more great beer in Paris, check out La Fine Mousse, Le Triangle, Le Supercoin, La Capsule, A l’Expresss de Lyon, Hoppy Corner, Outland,Liquiderie, L’Atalante, Les Trois 8 and Brewberry Bar