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drinking beer in the South of France and then writing about it

Brewing a double-mash chocolate imperial stout

My first solo trip around the brewery and I decided to make it as difficult as possible.   I had originally concocted this recipe to be brewed with my girlfriends on International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Covid and the French government, however, had other plans. Me & my girlfriends.  We all met in the summer of 2020 ...
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Brewery Tour : Gekko Beers in Tourrettes, France

Gekko Brewing Co. : the home of juicy IPAs and good ol' Scottish hops-itality in the Var.  A family business. Peter, Pam, Paul and Weronika (and as of recently, baby Luna) are the masterminds behind the tasty lizard brews in Tourrettes, France.  Opened in 2018, Gekko started off as many breweries often do: in the garden shed. With th...
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Brewery Tour : Noiseless Brews in Antibes, France

Tucked away in a quiet side-street in the heart of the Vieil Antibes, you will find one of the Côte d'Azur's latest up-and-coming micro-breweries.    Don't blink !  The Impasse d'Andreossy has been, for the last two years, the street to get a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a pint of Collective Arts beer at the On...
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5 Beers For People Who Don't Like Beer

NB : the first draft of this article was written during the first french confinement when the idea of an apocalypse was still a funny impossibility and too-oft repeated joke. Yikes. If ever the apocalypse hits, I like to think that I'll be prepared. No, I'm not talking about that kind of apocalypse with zombies and diseases and ...
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Craft Beer of the Month : February 2021

What better way to celebrate your love for your significant other, with whom you've been locked inside for the last ten months... by spending another special night locked inside together ! We over at the Brasserie BLEUE predicted that Valentine's Day 2021 was not going to be spent in expensive restaurants, taking long romantic walks ...
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Le Concours du Brasseur Amateur 2020 : 19 Beers Later

19 beers later and we finally have the winners of the 3rd edition of the Concours du Brasseur Amateur ! But before we announce the happy homebrewers, let's take a look at how the day went down... Originally planned for mid-November at the Beer District Libération bar in Nice, this year's edition of the homebrew competition ...
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Craft Beer of the Month - October

It is customary that, during any beer or brewery-related meeting, beer be had (for obvious reasons). During our last Concours du Brasseur Amateur de Nice meeting at the Backyard Brews lair, we had an avant-première taste of their latest creation : a Rye IPA.  The Backyard Boys are no strangers to the grand and complex world of I...
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Craft Beer of the Month - September

I met Boaz back when he was brewing for Colgan's in Mouans Sartoux. Today, Bo is the head - and only - brewer at Brewbo, a small scale custom craft brewing company. Bo brews personalised beers served in personalised labeled bottles for "discerning clients who wish to set themselves or their event apart from the cr...
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Le Concours du Brasseur Amateur de Nice revient pour sa 3ème édition !

UN CONCOURS OUVERT À TOUTES ET À TOUS La 3ème édition du concours du brasseur amateur de Nice aura lieu le 21 novembre prochain. Créé par l'association des Brasseurs Indépendants de Alpes Maritimes en 2017, le Concours du Brasseur Amateur a pour but de regrouper les particuliers du 06 qui s'intéressent à la bière artisanale brassée maison. Ce conco...
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Craft Beer of the Month : August

In special honour of the Tour de France kicking off its 2020 edition in the beautiful city of Nice, la Brasserie Bleue collaborated with their friendly neighbourhood bicycle repair shop, Bicicletta Shop, on a very special, limited-edition beer.  Beercicletta is the brewery's first - but certainly not its last - lager. ...
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Craft Beer of the Month : June

On Tuesday June 2nd, 2020, bars (and restaurants) were officially allowed to open their doors to the thirsty men & women of the deconfined Octagon. If you were naive like me, you thought that meant bars would be pouring their first pints during lunchtime, or perhaps apéro, on the afternoon of Tuesday the ...
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ALL TOGETHER : la nouvelle création collaborative de la Brasserie Artisanale de Nice et de la Brasserie BLEUE.

Une collaboration très houblonnée et locale vient de débarquer ! All Together est une bière blonde amère de style India Pale Ale à la robe pâle et trouble, brassée exclusivement avec des houblons provenant de la Nouvelle-Zélande : le Pacific Gem, le Motueka et le Rakau.  Préparez-vous à une amertume franche et sans fioritures ! Lancée par la b...
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Craft beers of the month : April

In honour of the #LocalCraftChallenge launched earlier this month, I wanted to highlight some of the local crafts beer drinkers chose to swig and share on social media. In April, local craft beer is the beer of the month ! The #LocalCraftChallenge is the product of a handful of brainstorm sessions over Skype and beers with ...
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Dear Craft Beer Drinker in Confinement,

Dear Craft Beer Drinker in Confinement, You have been with us - the craft breweries, craft beer bars and bottle shops alike - from the beginning. Your beginning might have started when you turned 18, or 21. Or maybe it was when a brewery first opened its doors in your town and poured your very first pint of craft beer ...
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A Guide to Rating Beers Online - The Untappd App

Like Instagram or Twitter, Untappd is one of the many apps included in my daily social media screen time. I downloaded the app on August 8th, 2018 and have, at the moment of writing this, accumulated 263 check-ins and unlocked 397 badges ! Over the years I have pushed many of my friends, and even my own mother, to download the app fo...
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Craft beer of the month : March

G.O.A.T.  by BOUNDARY BREWING (Ireland)   "They can't lock me in here forever"  France's mandatory confinement has made it difficult to support local businesses this month. Good news is, most cave à bières are open during the lockdown as they are considered as an essential business (hooray for beer). In addition to this, ma...
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Craft beer of the month : February

DANCING QUINCE  by HOPPY ROAD (France)  The Hoppy Road brewery in Nancy, born in 2017, quickly established themselves as leaders and innovators in the French craft beer scene. In the last three years, the Hoppy Road brewers have released beers from classic styles to delicious and original concoctions.  Special mention for their Ameri...
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Baby's first brew

Though I've lived in France my whole life and consider myself to be complètement française, I'll take a beer over a glass of wine ANYDAY. I mean, is there any other beverage that connects everyone, from monks to college kids? Seldom has a glass of orange juice sent my brain and taste buds into the euphoric flavour paradise that beer creates. Anyway...
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Craft beer of the month : January

PIÑA COLADA SOUR   by COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING (Canada)   "a taste of summer in the middle of winter"  International beers - especially those coming from outside of Europe - can be quite difficult to find in the local scene. While it is vital to support and promote your local breweries, I do enjoy drinking around and checking out...
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The 10 Best Craft Beers of 2019

As 2020 kicks off to a beer-full start, I thought I'd share my favorite beers from the past year. I took a trip down my Untappd memory beer lane, and picked out my favorites from 2019: ten beers that I enjoyed the most because of their flavour or because of the moment in which they were savoured. 10. IPA Citra Galactique, IPA – ...
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