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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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La bière et ses verres

Le type de verre est-il important pour bien déguster une bière ?   C'est une question que l'on entend souvent, que l'on soit caviste, brasseur ou derrière le bar. Avant d'envisager un verre pour sa bière, il faut s'intéresser aux caractéristiques de la bière en question : La couleur : paille, dorée, ambrée, cuivre, brune, noire...La ...
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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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