Friday Five: Women in Beer

On occasional Fridays, I turn over 52 Martinis to five other Paris personalities to get their take on the city’s best bars.  This week, I asked some of the awesome women in the city’s growing craft beer scene to give recommendations for their favorite Paris beer bars.

kateKate Hyde worked in publishing and fashion before getting into the beer game. She is currently the marketing manager and one of the house brewers at FrogPubs.

Kate says that when it comes to her favorite bar, “I have to say Frog…because it was the Frog that made me love beer. Frog Revolution at Bastille [is] my local, because of the big old comfy armchairs and stags head light fittings, and most of all because it has the most taps ! If I had to pick a second it would be Les Trois 8 for beer selection, character, wild times, sassy toilet deco and bitchin’ jam with their charcuterie.”

Jaclyn Gidel is co-owner of Biérocratie, which she runs with her husband, Pierre. The shop, which opened three years ago, specializes in French micro brews, along with some Belgian and other international brews as well. Jaclyn and Pierre host beer & cheese tastings, and have a home brewing club, too!

jaclynJaclyn says it’s hard to choose her favorite out of the many great beer bars in Paris, but if she had to pick one? “I would head over to the Supercoin. Claudia always has an amazing list of French micro-brews at more than reasonable prices to try out, and her neighborhood-style bar is super cozy and fun. (Watch out for game days though, the bar will be packed!)  Super Nintendo night, quizzes, a hummus contest, metal-o-ween… you never know what might be happening at the Supercoin, except that you’ll definitely have fun, and a great beer to go with it!”

Mardi Hartzog and Nicole Richardson are the team behind Parisites, an association dedicated to collectively improving the Parisian experience. Their unique events “combine the strengths of our artistic and innovative community to launch ideas based on friendship, consumables, and constructive debauchery…usually involving beer….ok fine, definitely involving beer.” mardinichole

The Parisites current favorite bar: “Superbieres. Technically it is a ‘Cave à bieres’, but in our humble opinion caves are turning out to be some of the best places to drink or take away specialty beers in Paris. Superbieres has a well curated selection with fair prices, a diverse and cool clientele, killer record selection spun on the daily… Our only wish is that it was open more hours out of the day.”

Cécile Delorme Thomas is the founder and owner of Brewberry in the 5th arrondissement. The first female owned bottle shop in Paris, Brewberry is a destination for beer geeks of all kinds, who enjoy a selection of 24 rotating tap beers from around the world.

Cécile 2Cécile recommends her bar because of all the great Paris Beer Week events they’ll be hosting “April 30th we’ll have a tasting with beer and chocolate featuring Mococha, a chocolate shop that sells chocolate from the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. On May 4th we’re hosting a beer and food pairing, where all the dishes will be prepared with beer and on May 6th we’re welcoming the Estonian brewery Sori who will be in France for the first time doing a tap takeover in our shop.”

Dorothée Van Agt has been in the beer biz for the past 9 years. She currently works for of one of the city’s oldest craft beer shops, Bières Cultes. Dorothée is also secretary of the association Bières & Papilles which is responsible for organizing Paris Beer Week.

dorothee beer 2As someone who has seen the Paris craft beer scene grow over the years, Dorothée appreciates Paris craft beer institutions as well as newcomers, so it’s not surprising that her choice of bar(s) reflects a little of both. “I am a huge fan of  Les Trois 8 and I can’t wait for the upcoming opening of Outland‘s bar.”

You can check out all these craft bars & more, plus a ton of fun events and tastings at this year’s Paris Beer Week which kicks off today!