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Brew Unique: Brewing Your Own Craft Beer in Paris

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Has all this talk about craft beer got you thinking about brewing your own? Maybe you already know your way around a malt sack, but home brewing is a little tricky in a tiny Paris studio, where the shower is also the kitchen. Whether youre new to brewing (or even beer), or just looking for a comfortable place to test out new recipes, Paris now has a space for novice and experienced brewers alike: Brew Unique, the citys first brew-on-premise location.  

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Just a short walk from Sentier, in the shadow of Le Rex, Brew Unique is a fully functioning brew kitchen and pantry. Ten cooking stations occupy the ground floor, while the second and third floors house brewing ingredients and provide storage for beers-in-the-making.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Behind the project are Mike Gilmore, former head of brewing operations at FrogPubs, and Simon Thillou, owner of La Cave à Bulles, Parislongest-standing beer store and home brew shop. When Simons brew supply orders started picking up a couple of years ago, he knew the city was ready for the next step. With Mike onboard as partner and head brewer, the two set out to find a location and work out the details.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

We want to be the image of home brewing in Paris,says Mike. At Brew Unique, that means making ingredients and equipment easily available and welcoming anyone with an interest in brewing, whether they know what a densimetre is or not.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

The idea is pretty simple: brewers reserve a session online, then decide what they want to brew. Brew Unique provides a selection of recipes to choose from, or home brewers with an idea in mind can peruse the online “épicerieand see whats in stock; in addition to brew-on-premise, Brew Unique is also a home brew supply store.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

The pair decided to implement a brew-in-a-bag system, which allows homebrewers to work with whole grains, as professional brewers do, but without as many steps. The goal is to brew a good beer with no faults,says Simon. He admits there are some limitations to the brew-in-a-bag method, but for the average home brewer, and especially for people with no previous experience, its a great way to learn the basics and come out with a drinkable beer.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Once the beer has been brewed, Mike trundles it down to the third-floor fermentation room. After about a week, it goes into the specially designed cold storage room for another two or three weeks of conditioning. In the meantime, brewers can get creative making a personalized label for their beer on the Brew Unique website. A final rendezvous for bottling and labeling happens about a month after the initial brew. Then brewers head home with 18 liters of their very own beer.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Brew Unique is also group-friendly, so keep it in mind if youre looking for a memorable way to spend your bachelorette party (that still involves beer) or a less groan-worthy team-building activity.

Inside Brew Unique, Paris' newest craft beer address where you can brew your very own batch!

Brew Unique is currently in soft opening. Reserve brew dates here. A single 18L brew (for up to two people) is 140E and includes all ingredients and supplies. Allow three-four weeks for finished beer. Inquire for group rates.

Brew Unique – 1 Rue des Jeuneurs, 75002. Tel: +33 (0)9 81 36 66 33

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Written by Kate Robinson for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Didier Gauducheau. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Kate Robinson

Kate RobinsonKate Robinson is an American in Paris. When she's not drinking craft beer or slathering baguettes with sheep cheese, she can be found planning her next outdoor adventure. Kate's writing has also appeared in publications such as Modern Farmer and France Today.

Website: What's So Great About Paris

Photos by Didier Gauducheau

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One Response to “Brew Unique: Brewing Your Own Craft Beer in Paris”

  • Shane McKelvey says:

    Kate,
    Found your story on craft home brew while doing some research on the global good beer phenomenon. I live in Portland, Oregon, where craft beer is not a matter of life and death, it’s much more serious than that. Hoping to find some good brewpubs when I make my long hoped-for trip to Paris.

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