If you can find a better bottleshop in France than A la Bière comme à la Bière, then I’ll buy you a beer. Simply step off the Eurostar and hop a couple stops up the Metro to find all of the beers. The guys have got a second shop further East and have recently opened a pub, which I’ll be sure to visit. The interior is typically Parisian with much of the drawing done by by local street artist, Urm Le Fou, who has a style not too dissimilar to Brighton’s Will Blood or Beavertown’s Nick Dwyer. I spoke to Nick before my trip and he’s hung out here a few times, which was evident by the amount of their cans sitting on the rustic shelves – although they’ve no chance of stocking Bloody Notorious. The shop clearly champions local too, so I asked for a contender to Brighton Bier’s collab with Choccywoccydoodah and got given a 6.5% stout brewed West of the city. I was expecting my closest encounter yet as the guys had plenty to put forward and, whilst I’ve been a big fan of Brighton Bier’s recent brews, I’m not blown away by Choccy’s chocolate. The 7% vegan stout exceeded my expectations, pouring with impressive carbonation and drinking so smooth you’d have to agree with the velvety description on the can. O’Clock’s stout was decent, with a nose of glorious coffee and a blink-and-you-miss-it copper head, it’s a solid stout but overall disappointing for a recommendation that never got out of first gear for me. Keep an eye on#thefrenchexchange as England and I enjoy an extended stay in France and get yourselves down Bison for all the Brighton Biers.

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