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Beer @ PG

We decided our beer selection needed a little livening up. And how.

Gavroche French Red Ale ($9.99)

This punchy bière de garde is named for the mischevious urchin from Les Misérables who spoke in the argot of the street and slept inside Napolean’s ill-conceived giant elephant statue in the Place de la Bastille. It displays an excellent balance between intense maltiness and lively hoppiness, with a creamy head and a mouth-puckering fruitiness. It’s bottle-fermented, so pour carefully to avoid sediment. From the same brewery as 3 Monts, described below.

Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts Grand Réserve Amber Ale Sur Lie ($9.99)

This medium-bodied golden beer is made using a blend of native Flemish hops. Bright, dry, and hoppy, 3 Monts defines farmhouse-style beer. Some earthy spiciness (some say ginger, some say cardamom), but mostly it’s an eminently drinkable beer that makes you want to eat things along with it: sausages, moules-frites, all things pickled.

Westmalle Trappist Ale (Dubbel and Tripel) ($11.99)

Westmalle is a well-known name that we’ve brought in after some customer requests. The Dubbel is a dark, brick red ale with a rich, malty presence and an intriguing interplay between fresh and bitter notes. It has a creamy mouthfeel and a long-lasting head. It’s refreshing, but definitely has some body and stands up better when served with hearty, savory dishes. The Tripel, on the other hand, is a clear, honeycup yellow ale with complex flavors of fruit, hops, and bitterness. Its recipe has remained unchanged for over 50 years, due to its lovely, lengthy flavor and smooth, exceptional quality. You can’t go wrong with this one if you’re in the mood for a classic Trappist ale; I like it with a fancy burger and fries!

And don’t forget: we’re still stocking these customer favorites.

Kronenbourg (6-pack), Chimay Red, and Vieille Provision Saison Dupont (my favorite).

Buvez comme les Belges.

We also have Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic and Orval Trappist Ale, for which we also carry the drinking goblets (yes, it tastes better in the specific goblets). Glassware costs $2.99/piece, or get 10% off when you purchase a set of six.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery