While wine always will remain the tipple of choice, Paris has a growing beer culture, with craft shops, bars and microbreweries cropping up in some of the city’s hippest areas.
Whether you want to taste, tour a brewery or learn to make your own ale, the City of Light has plenty to offer beer lovers — stop by one of these spots to sample the goods.
La Brasserie Fondamentale
The latest microbrewery to open its doors in the capital, LBF just debuted in October. Find it on a side street just off Place Pigalle in Paris’ liveliest red-light district.
The venue’s brew masters keep 15 beers on tap, complete with tasting notes and even graphs plotting strengths and flavors for each. Five sips are brewed onsite, including an excellent amber and an IPA created in partnership with Brasserie de l’Etre, another local favorite.
Guest ales come from Belgium, the U.K., Canada and there’s even a Russian stout, which weighs in at a punchy 11.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Calm in the afternoons, this place gets lively in the evenings as the area heats up.
Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or
Just down the street from LBF in the Barbes neighborhood of the 18th Arrondissement is one of the first modern microbreweries to open in Paris.
Since 2012, the team has created imaginative brews, such as Myrha (a blonde made with date sugar), Château Rouge (a spiced red beer) and Charbonnière (a smoked amber ale).
Visits to the taproom are free and include tastings, and chilled bottles can be bought to enjoy back home.
Tucked into the 11th Arrondissement, this massive brewery is one of the stars of the city’s artisanal beer scene.
Bapbap bottles 12 varieties, including a wheat beer, an IPA made with six types of barley and a chocolatey porter.
Sign up for a Saturday tour to see the facilities and taste the merchandise, but be sure to reserve in advance — these spots fill up fast. Otherwise, look out for the brewery’s distinctive, colorful bottles in bars around the city.
La Brasserie de l’Être
The “Brasserie of Being” opened in 2015 in the 19th Arrondissement, an area swiftly becoming a popular nightlife quarter. The crew brews five varieties, plus seasonal runs, all using Parisian water and local grains.
The beers include the Sphinx, a light blonde; the Salamandra and Oliphant (both 6.5 percent ABV); and the Cerberus, a Parisian triple with a dense malty flavor of exotic fruits.
Try the sips onsite in the brasserie or look out for bottles in bars across Paris — the unique labels are designed with beautiful illustrations of mythical beasts.
Both a restaurant and a microbrewery, this tiny spot in the 10th Arrondissement serves eight rotating beers on tap, alongside a curated menu of seasonal fare.
Four of the malty options are brewed in house, including a salt-pepper-lime lager and an amber ale made with juniper branches. Guest beers encompass small-batch brews from France and other parts of Europe.
Don’t skip out on the excellent bites — the daily changing plates are designed to be paired with beer.