|Beer flight at Ninkasi Brewing, a brewpub|
with three locations in Lyon, France
France has earned this reputation. Wine remains currently the most popular beverage for many French citizens and travelers who visit the country; however, there is a craft beer revolution quietly making its mark. Years ago on a trip to Paris, the only beers we could find were some Bier de Gardes and Belgians. Times have changed.
I recently returned from a trip to Brittany and Normandy. We flew via Istanbul, Turkey into Lyon, France which began our
|Owen Ogletree of Brewtopia Events|
and Pierre of Brasserie Bouffay
Having begun our journey into French beer, we moved to our first destination, Brittany. There is so much ground to cover that the best thing to do is find a central point to make home base and travel out from there. Of course, you need a rental car for this, but there are many things you could not see otherwise. We chose Huelgoat as our base of operations. Huelgoat is an adorable town with a large English population and tons of hiking trails for working off all the food and beer. We stayed at a cute little B&B called Laura's Chambres d'hotes.
|Our home away from home in Brittany: Laura's Chambers d'hotes|
|The calm before the storm|
|This brewery had tons of variety - including|
gluten free beer and one with chestmuts
|Don't fear the wolf|
Brittany itself is a beautiful region with coastal towns and inland farms. The people are friendly, and the food is delicious! In fact, some of the best seafood I have ever had, I found on this trip. If you are interested on more details or want to plan a trip yourself, contact me with questions. I could write pages on this region alone. Part II of this article will focus on the ciders of Normandy! In the meantime, remember to eat well and drink good beer.