I made Mrs RM walk all the way round central Paris while we were there, 15 miles on the Monday alone (she tells me, bitterly). After all, you can’t see backstreet pubs from the metro, can you ?
Sadly, Parisian craft culture shares Pubmeister’s predilection for micro pubs, with unhelpful opening hours. Both Brewberry and the “other” Mousse were shut.
So I took a deep breath, prayed for forgiveness for my sin, and consulted RateBeer for advice.
La Binouze was not only a place Pubmeister hadn’t visited, it was also very green.
“It looks just like Thirsty Cambridge !” exclaimed Mrs RM.
And indeed it did, from the cosmopolitan cans to the man scarves to the Pink Floyd soundtrack. Is “Wish You Were Here” compulsory in Parisian bars ?
To be honest, nearly all the places we went in had that sort of bottle shop-cum-posh micro feel. You could have been somewhere modern like Bucharest or Wigan.
Again, Mrs RM found the last table in the corner next to a table of students and the inevitable curious gentlefolk.
As in Tunbridge Wells Fuggles, it’s the grazing platters that draw the middle-classes attention before the beer.
Friendly table service here, as I couldn’t even have squeezed past the giant scarves. But I could read the beer board;
I’d seen the Duclaw the night before, but the Triple Crossing was a new name, and presumably from an artisan shed brewer in Nancy. So we had one of each of theirs. Only now do I find they’re brewed in Richmond, Virginia (and Duclaw is from Baltimore). What’s wrong with British murk ?
In their authentic Brew Dog glasses they were tasty grapefruit IPAs, albeit indistinguishable from every other grapefruit IPA. Yes, that is over a tenner a pint etc etc. “I like a beer that tastes like beer” said Mrs RM as I suggested the DIPA Sour, without any apparent irony.
The cheese and meat platter was magnificent, mind.
Can’t remember what we talked about. Possibly Brexit, probably Tekus.
Oh, and this is what we’d put in the fridge the night before, bought for £6 from the corner store. No Bass there either.