There’s no doubt that the month of June in Paris is craft beer geeks’ favorite time of the year as it brings with it Paris Beer Week, which is the event to have on your calendar. Start early by stocking up on your own collection of brews by visiting Paris’ best craft beer shops.
Every year, Paris Beer Week brings together brewers, cavistes, ‘beertenders’, and beer lovers from France and abroad. The week-long event (June 8-16) is packed with tastings, tap takeovers, demonstrations, workshops, food pairings and more. However, you can avoid getting overwhelmed by all that’s on offer at the event and get a head start on sampling the best of French and foreign beers by picking up a few bottles beforehand. The craft beer scene in Paris is showing no sign in slowing down, and luckily, shops specializing in this popular beverage are keeping up to speed with the movement with new spots opening up all the time. Here are a few of our favorite craft beer shops, from new to established.
Superbières – For Super-Beer and Super-Sandwiches
For lunchtime beers in the 10th arrondissement, head to Superbières, where owner Niko prepares sandwiches to order paired with mostly local beers. 95% of the stock is made up of French breweries, with a little room for favorites from abroad. The good vibes and music in this cave have made it a popular hangout for beer lovers and locals alike.
Niko is always coming up with new ideas, and the shop’s regularly updated calendar of events is a reflection of that. Follow Superbières on Facebook for updates on upcoming tastings, tap takeovers, raclette nights, and more.
Superbières – 203 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris
La Cave à Bulles – For an Iconic (and Encyclopedic) Experience
There’s no better place to start your quest for collecting craft beer in Paris than at La Cave à Bulles. The first bottle shop specializing in artisanal beer and small breweries, Simon Thillou created a space to support and share exceptional beers with curious consumers. His dedication to saving shelf space for French beer is admirable, and thanks in part to him, those shelves are easier to stock with local brews as the craft beer scene in France continues to grow.
In addition to French beer, you’ll also find treasures such as gems from the much sought after Belgian brewery Cantillon and other small batch brews that Simon is able to get his hands on thanks to his years in the métier. Take the time to chat with the staff, with whom Simon has imparted his encyclopaedic knowledge of beer and its history in France.
La Cave à Bulles – 45 Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris
Mozaic Cave à Bières – For a Female Take On Beer
One of the newer addresses on the block, Mozaic Cave à Bières raises the bar by pushing several limits. For starters, the business is entirely woman owned and staffed, with one of the founding mothers of the Paris craft beer scene, Dorothée Van Agt, and her team of lady beer connoisseurs bringing quality beer to Parisians. Setting up shop in a discrete street of the office-filled 8th arrondissement, Mozaic aims to branch out to a new crowd of local professionals that may not have had the chance to taste a truly craft beer yet.
Another thing that makes Mozaic special is their commitment to stocking fresh beers. Rest assured that everything you find on the shelf – even beers from abroad – will be within the prime freshness range, ensuring all that hoppy goodness remains just as the brewer intended. The shop also hosts beer-tasting workshops which you can book online.
Mozaic Cave à Bières – 19 Rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris
Biérocratie – For Franco American Fun
One of the early spots to buy craft beer in Paris, Biérocratie is brought to you by the Franco-American couple Pierre and Jaclyn Gidel. The pair’s passion for beer, as well as their wealth of experience from years of experience and several beer-tasting trips in the States and France, makes the selection at Biérocratie eclectic, international, and full-flavored.
In addition to great beer, you can also pick up a starter brew kit, cool beer swag, and small batch collaborative brews that Pierre and Jaclyn have made with local breweries. You can also just pop in to say hi and pet the shop’s real boss – Magritte, the piebald purring kitty.
Biérocratie – 32 Rue de l’Espérance, 75013 Paris
Liquiderie – For Craft Beer and Natural Wine
With 250 bottles to choose from and three beers on tap, in addition to a selection of natural wines, Liquiderie is a welcome addition to Paris’ craft beer scene. Cornering the market on all things liquid (they also serve artisanal spirits, ciders, juices and soda) this 11th arrondissement shop attracts customers of all kinds.
The refreshing combination of craft beer and natural wine is still a rarity in the city, which is another reason to support this little spot. Regular tastings and events in the cave serve as a great intro to beer drinkers and the beer-curious, and the apéro menu of small plates and snacks will entice you to linger a little longer.
Liquiderie – 9 Rue des Trois Bornes, 75011 Paris