ReviewsFrench Beer Week: Les Sans Culottes

Brasserie La Choulette’s Les Sans Culottes (or more properly named Bière des Sans Culottes) may well be the iconic beer of France: a golden Bière de Garde that checks in at 7% alcohol by volume, served up in a 750ml champagne-style bottle, corked and caged, with a label (on the … Continue reading

HistoryFrench Beer Week: Historic mishmash

There’s not much more to this post than an excuse to quote Randy Mosher from Radical Brewing, on the subject of French historical beers. France is generally sniffed at by the real brewing countries, and indeed its glory has always rested on wine, not beer. I guess the scorn is … Continue reading

BreweriesFrench Beer Week: Bières23

Even though I’m doing an entire week on French Beer, there were only three actual beers from France that I was able to find locally this week: Fischer Amber, Les Sans Culottes (review tomorrow), and Bières23 Bière de Mars. (I found the Gavroche in Eugene and while I have found … Continue reading

Press ReleasesPress Release: Merchant du Vin opens China office

Merchant du Vin is pleased to announce the formation of MdV-Asia Ltd. – a beer importing company based in Hong Kong and selling throughout China. After nearly two years of research, planning, and building a distributor network, the official launch was held in Changsha, Hunan Province, China on Oct. 16, … Continue reading

ReviewsFrench Beer Week: Fischer Tradition Amber

Good news and bad news: Fischer Amber is one of the more common beers to come out of France and likely one you’ll find easily (if you find any French beers). However, it’s brewed by Brasserie Fischer which is also an enterprise of Heineken France, essentially one of the big … Continue reading

Theme WeekFrench Beer Week: The Overview of Beer in France

When one thinks of the beers of France, it’s usually the Bières de Garde of the Northeast that come to mind—but in reality, there’s a whole thriving ecosystem of beer not just limited to one style or one region of the country. France may be best known for wine, but … Continue reading

ReviewsFrench Beer Week: Gavroche French Red Ale

Despite its name, Gavroche is actually a Bière de Garde from Brasserie de St-Sylvestre, which is located in the town of Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel in Northeastern France, the heart of Bière de Garde country. I found this beer at the Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon (they have their beers organized by country, … Continue reading