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Cool Brews Drinking Craft Beer on the French Riviera

It’s Friday evening apéro time, and I’m trying to decide which beer to drink for my apéritif. Despite being in lockdown, or in fact strangely, thanks to being in lockdown, I have an unusually large and varied selection of craft beers from French Riviera independent breweries to choose from. This is because we’ve just taken delivery of a tasting box of 24 different beers put together to help local microbreweries during these exceptional and difficult times.

Continue reading here for the original thirst-quenching article by Phoebe at Lou Messugo.

Microbrewery Wave

It may be a while (or never) that craft beer production exceeds rosé in Provence. However, as Phoebe notes that in 2020, in the Alpes-Maritimes alone, there are 21 (up from 10 in 2015), and across France as a whole, there are now more than 2000 independent craft brewers (up from 793 in 2015).

If you are visiting the French Riviera and feel like a cold, local brew, here are a few choices.

Backyard Brews
23 traverse du Barri
06560 Valbonne – Sophia Antipolis just outside of Nice.
Nicolas and Yoann both developed their taste for “American-style” IPA and Pale Ales in North America. Discover their standard craft beers as well as a seasonal collection.

Craftazur
165 rue des Cistes
Pôle Euro Entreprise 95
06600 Antibes
Open Monday to Friday 10-18h
The permanent collection includes – l’Antibière Riviera Pale Ale, an IPA and the signature beer flavoured with goji berries and hibiscus flowers.

Head to Beer School. As Phoebe mentions in her article, École de la Bière in Nice is an educational collaboration between Brasserie BLEUE and Allez Hops! (beer store).

La Brasserie BLEUE
15 rue Défly,
06000 Nice
Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11h to 19h – please call in advance for tastings
Telephone +33 (0)4 93 80 17 39
Production started in 2015, and today they brew a range of standard beers as well as seasonal brews.

La Mentounasc
Brassarìa Artisanarìa
83 Boulevard de Garavan
06500 Menton
Owners Alexis and Rémi are long-term friends and beer lovers. They create a line of craft beers that reflect the Menton’s location on the Côte d’Azur and pay tribute to the iconic locally grown lemon. These citrus-flavoured beers have no artificial preservatives.

Provence Craft Brews North

La Géante de Provence is a new microbrewery located in the perched village of Brantes. Naming the beer might have been the easy part of a process that has taken the co-owners Rory White and Pascale Merlette-Lagarde well over two years of talking, planning, ordering, and finally, brewing. Read more here.

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Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas carries two passports British and Australian. She married a Frenchman and now the couple are living in Provence with their two children. This bilingual and multi-cultural family has travelled extensively to Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia before settling in Roquefort les Pins in 2007.

Read more about Lou Messugo the Cote d'Azur holiday home rental owned and managed by Phoebe and her husband here.

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