Saturday, September 7, 2013

Tasting Location- Bières Cultes in Cardinal

Paris, France delivering another boutique beer location, this one with a tasting station and custom sampling classes- Bières Cultes in the 5th district, Cardinal.

With Brewberry being closed during regularly scheduled hours, I was off to find wifi so I could boo hoo on your shoulder when I walked past this joint:

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Hellllooo "work research"!

I love the beer business

No camera on hand today and, of course, your truly doesn't have a phone at all, let one with a fancy smancy camera attached. So you get net pictures and built in macbook photos.  And I get to be the crazy lady holding beers up to her monitor.


With four locations in Paris Bières Cultes is one of the craft beer heavy hitters at the moment and, although my store attendant wasn't the greatest, seeing shelves lined with beet bottles is a delight.

Xavier (store owner) working attendant has no sense of urgency (it's a French thing) and not a huge desire to pry into one's beer thoughts, but is a super chill dude with many beer answers who also happens to be a master gamer with sweet xbox skills.

There is a nice rounded selection of beers from around the world, including some French (Craig Allen) and a few American (Sierra Nevada). All the big hitters you'd imagine to be there (the Trappists, Brewdog, Chouffe), are in their place as well as the more commercial brews like Leffe, Pietra and Chimay (all available at the super market).


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6. Multiple locations throughout Paris- accessibility is half the battle.

5. Free limitless wifi- for bloggin, tweeting and general anti-social activities

4. Groovy juke music- via store ipod and junky speakers in the back, I dig. I bet if I asked to play somethin, I'd be welcomed.

3. Outdoor seating area with four plastic chairs- for smokers I assume but still a nice little area for good weather appreciation or exploding bottle openings

2. Xbox with television- wasn't in use, but it's right behind the bar, ready to go so Xavier can show you his masterful gaming skills*.

1. Classes- Most inportantly is education! Shop manager Xavier says that if you give him a call, then we can put together a customized class for you and yours. Price is for the beer- education is free. W00t!

-1. they close at 9- they aren't an effing bar people so calm down. These guys close pretty early-beware, check the website.

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It ain't no Cave à bulles but it's a step in the right direction! Bières Cultes is a great beer geeking outlet.

Lets us see about getting one of these classes put together and... a young attractive male with a unicycle (of all strange things) just walked in... he went right to his beer of choice- Gulden Draak

.... oh Parisians, how I love thee.

270-gulden-draakThanx for giving my place to rest my lappy, Bières Cultes, and rest my metro tired heels while I enjoy your crafty selection and dig on the groove. Thumbs up for beer!


 *master gamer status yet to be varified


  1. When we visited Paris last year, I stumbled into a beer shop near Champs Elysee that has Sierra Nevada in it. I had to take a photo since it’s one of my favorite beers. I bought some ’07 Boon Oude Kriek though. Vintage! It’s cool to see a few solid shops cropping up.

  2. Typical beer geek in France- stumbles over America's flagship craft beer while on Champs Elysee, buys a vintage '07 Boon Oude Kriek.
    When are you coming BACK to the ol' wine and cheese country, eh? We have new things for you.


  3. I'm looking at sometime next year for another trip to Belgium. I haven't decided what I want to do for a secondary side trip yet. I'm thinking perhaps Prague or Amsterdam. It would be rad to visit the home of Pilsners, but I hear the craft scene in the Netherlands is getting to be pretty good. Paris could be an option too. I'm really curious to see some of the better French beers (I know they exist, even if they're hiding).

    I went to a beer bar and ordered an Adelscott, boy was I disappointed. When I went to order another beer, the bartender asked me what I thought. I told him it tasted like beer flavored soda pop. He replied "Yeah, I should have warned you it was sweet."

  4. My Belgium dream vacation- bicycle tour to all the old trappist breweries, give me a few weeks, sunshine and a reason to peddle ('on to the beer!').

    I too hear good things about the Netherlands! But I don't have too many connections there, and usually like to get a tour guide.

    If you come to Paris I will personally guide your through the wonders of what the French can do when given hops. They are on to something... as hidden as they currently are (underground beret lovers and what not).

    "I should have warned you it was sweet." Ew.