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November 23, 2022

My Vannes revisited !!!

I am sure have several posts about Vannes in my post and for good reason. One is the capital city of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. Second, it has a huge concentration of medieval buildings in good conditions, ,and third, plenty of sights/attraction to keep you busy for a few days. For us, it has a lot more, the shopping,eating, outing place to be and only 27 km from my house! I was there again,and let me tell you a bit more of it. Hope you enjoy my Vannes revisited as I.

Let me put the city in perspective first. Vannes in the local Breton language is Gwened, Morbihan is the only department in France whose name is not French but Breton, in  French would be petite mer but Morbihan is mor=sea bihan=small. Brittany which in French is Bretagne, in Breton is Breizh. Ok now lets go on with the visit.

The main reason, we were there is to get our sea rations, wonderful fish and seafood from the canned experts of La Belle Iloise.

In Quiberon, in Morbihan, the cannery created by the Hilliet family has been defending craftsmanship and local riches since 1932. Born in the heyday of sardine fishing, it has endured, outside the mass distribution circuit, with great blows of astonishing recipes and colorful boxes. They bets on direct sales and opens their first store within the factory, by the sea, in 1967.This is La Belle Iloise and we love to go to the stores at Place du Poids Public and Place des Lices in Vannes,as well as the original in QuiberonThe first store in Vannes, opened on Place Lucien-Laroche in 2000. It was small only 36 m2 (about 387 sq ft) , and they were aware this will outgrow soon as it did. Freeing up a commercial space on the ground floor of the Hôtel Minier (formerly Francheville see post) is an opportunity that they seized. Until February 2014, before the launch of the renovation of the building, this location had been occupied since 2000 by the Marionnaud perfumery, which moved to rue Saint-Vincent. This new store has 75 m2 (about 807 sq ft).

Vannes la Belle Iloise store front nov22

Vannes La Belle Iloise store inside nov22

The official La Belle Iloise store on Vannes

The building where the store is located is historical (Hôtel Minier) and was built during the period of extension of the city following the arrival of the Parliament of Brittany in 1675. It is estimated that the building was built on an older building of which we find , in the lower part, certain elements: ogival bay, 15C fireplace, etc. It is built on land on the edge of the rocky hillside corresponding to the old town, just on the edge of the marsh area reclaimed from the old port land. The rocky hillside drops steeply to the level of the staircase. Surveys have allowed to verify this,according to architects. The foundations on soft ground have undergone settling over the years, resulting in the disorders that can currently be read on the facades. You have floor archeological sediments kept for history sake inside the La Belle Iloise store !!

Vannes La Belle Iloise old archeo floor nov22

The Place du Poids Public ou roi is irregular in shape, it was, in the Middle Ages, only built on its western and northern sides, the southern and eastern sides being occupied by the Lices mill and its weir. Some of its half-timbered houses have been preserved, the others having been rebuilt in the 17C and 18C and at the end of the 19C. The Hôtel de Francheville, built in the 17C,(see post) strongly marks the transition between this square and that of Les Lices with its corner watchtower on a squinch.

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The City of Vannes on the place du poids public

The Place des Lices is of medieval origin. It is linked to the extension of the enclosure which took place at the end of the 14C when Vannes became the place where ducal power was exercised and the favorite place of residence of Dukes Jean IV and Jean V. Located north of this extension adjoins to the east the outbuildings of the ducal mansion (the Chancellery, the Chamber of Accounts and the Mint workshop) which take place in the lower courtyard of the Château de l’Hermine (see post). The square takes its name from the many tournaments that took place there in the Middle Ages.

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The City of Vannes on the place des lices :

The Rue Saint Vincent was created on land returned to the inhabitants of Vannes by the Duke of Vendôme in 1610. The first buildings were built at the end of the 16C, but most of the hotels were built in the 2nd half of the 17C for or by parliamentarians during the exile of the Parliament in Vannes between 1675 and January 1690. The opening of the Porte Saint-Vincent gate (see post) in 1624 allows an outlet from the street to the port. A major breakthrough in the intra-muros, Rue Saint-Vincent can be considered the first attempt at urban development in the city, the first real link between the city and its port, via the very demonstrative Porte Saint-Vincent.

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The City of Vannes on the Rue Saint Vincent:

There you go folks, a dandy of a city that needs to be visited more by all. We love it and you can always found us there Wednesdays for the market and on the weekends. Again, hope you enjoy the post on my Vannes revisited as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

November 23, 2022

My memorable restaurants in México !

Well this is a fun update post of a memorable country visits since 1994 and family living. I have been to many restaurants over the years in Mexico, even before blogging and surely some will be missed, forgotten; however, will put the ones that brings the most memories and remembered them .  This is my treat on the Mexican cuisine, over the latter last few years, restaurants in no particular order or place. Of course, they are, also in the individual posts on the occasions, therefore, this will be on my black and white series, no pictures. These are my memorable restaurant in Mexico! Buen provecho !!!

I had gone to the Wing’s Army bar on Insurgentes Sur to see the football/soccer match between the PSG and Bayern Munich as a French team was playing and won 3×0, the ambiance was nice and plenty of good Miller High Life beers by the liter which have been a long time not drank again, this was neat and the Army hamburger great with good company I later came back in the week and it was equally impressive, definitively will be back here. webpage:

I had another lunch at a great find: Restaurante La Bella Lula , Oaxaqueño style food (Oaxaca) and had a very nice Tasajo de Res con Enfrijoladas with another nice set of local Dos X beers, nice flan dessert to kill for as well. Ah the dish is about four slices of beef with a tortilla spread in black beans soup, delicious! webpage:

El Bajio for my first dinner there, nice place if a bit hurry up to get rid of me lol! The lady kept giving me dishes to try and I keep saying no thank you have enough, endless, but the food panoches, chicharones, and the pork dish with black mole and sauce and drinks were good, bohemia black beers or negra bohemia. webpage:

After doing some walking around safe in DF! lol! I met some old friends at the Olive Garden in the Patio Universidad shopping;  here with ravioli stuff champignon and a great Trapiche malbec Argentinian wine, coffee nice, great memories. webpage:

On another night went for TGI Fridays hahaha yes very original , I remember this resto from back in USA and love them. Found them here with a nice big burger and try Victoria and Pacifico beers !! This was ,also, in the Patio Universidad shopping! webpage:

Hoot hoot anyone? well did stop by at another old timer joint, this one in DF; Hooters another of my old favorites ::) Great Indio beer and nachos snacks with cheese and the action was good with friendly crowd. webpage:

El Paisa, a more rustic restaurant in a working class area with a nice second floor terrace, a very nice welcome with lots of Mexicans families there; nice ambiance and great conversation with many. The area is nice around a corner, and serve in the terrace in the back upper level. One of the places to go when you know the area and want to get away from tourists. Here we had more goodies of the Mexican cuisine such as the alambre with meat and cheese melted sort like a pizza but chewy and yummy, pacifico beers and coffee expresso, first we had some chicharones and all good. yelp webpage:

At the corner of Hamburgo and Niza streets, there is El Lugar del Mariachi, its a restaurant with live music pop and mariachis alternatively, and a dance floor !!! This is right smack in tourist central so a bit high price but very good food, secure,and a very good group of musicians playing from pop to bolero to cha cha cha and then a group of mariachi singers playing their songs as well; a very good ambiance with romantic overtones or in family. webpage:

The wonderful Tezka restaurant basque cuisine of Spain and next to the Royal hotel in Amberes street, Zona Rosa close to Chapultepec always good chic reliable international cuisine. The hotel has been my central for many years, and it has an indoor door directly to the restaurant. This one has closed but keep it for the memories of meeting good friends there still in touch. nostalgic reference to it here:

Los Panchos in Condesa, Tolstoi 9, Col. Anzures, open Mondays to Sundays from  9h to 22h authentic Mexican food, I try all different dishes from tacos de carnitas, chicharrones, stuffed peppers , etc etc so much food down with agua de jamaica and agua de leche delicious. webpage: Yelp on Los Panchos:

The Sanborns,is a chain very popular in Mexico, my old firm used to sell to them and we of course stop there many times to eat and also to buy essentials electronics. Always had a wonderful time eating at the Peña Pobre mall, by Av. Insurgentes sur y Av. San Fernando, its a shopping center with many stores and restaurant ; clothing, electronics , music, gifts are sold here too. It is one of many all over the city, another one I ate was at the Centro Insurgentes Sanborn’s cafeteria  ,Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur 1605.  webpage:

The Gran Leon de Oro restaurant on calle Mercaderes off Insurgentes Sur is wonderful, very business like and refine, service superb and the food delicious, great tacos con lechon (roast pig) and Victoria beer. webpage:

Puerto Lapice, here it was the filete tampiqueño (Tampico) real beef that was the plate with Mexican wine chateau Domecq. Located at Poniente 128 647 ,Azcapotzalco, corner of Norte 45. RestaurantGuru webpage:

 Cambalache, an Argentine jewel small but all kinds of cuts beef that is, at Insurgentes Sur 1384.webpage:

Taqueria Senele at Polanco great tacos alambre and taquitos al pastor,,,,calle Leibnitz, Col Anzures, 11590 just at the corner coming out of hotel Camino Real Polanco back door. webpage:

I had to have my Spanish even in Mexico! Wonderfully refined great food and wine service of Spain at the Centro Castellano inside the Camino Real hotel,in Polanco. Webpage:

I had repeated good experiences at the steakhouse Angus Butcher House, Copenhage 31 , this branch is closed but have other branches in the city. Steaks are big, beers are cold, and the ladies are all beautiful ! webpage:

 VIPS cafeteria chain, the one at Insurgentes Sur 1581 and Mercaderes st is very nice indeed. I ate there several times lunch and dinner there as it was near my hotel. webpage:

This one is in Mexico City at the airport terminal 1 lol! great nachos and bohemia oscura (dark) beer as well as mashed potatoes chili’s . Oh yes the chain is Chili’s of course to remind me of Miami lol! webpage:

 Le Pain Quotidien Belgian chain at Insurgentes Sur.  The Roast Beef platter and a Bohemia oscura beer did the trick as well as tartines later on! webpage:

Another wonderful Argentinian resto with huge delicious burgers Angus beef, while looking the nice world going by is El Diego, Insurgentes Sur 1581. This has closed but keep here for the memories of always. For reference Yelp on El Diego:

Café Paris in the Grand Hotel of Tepatitlàn de Morelos, Jalisco, there is an old world ambiance with the hotel rooms decorated with a theme from Europe like I stayed in rooms Napoléon, and Rangel, and ate at the café, upper floor chic nice refined and all made to order. webpage:

I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, in Tepatitlàn de Morelos,Jalisco.  The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos. webpage:

A wonderful place for dinner Bistro 77 right in city center of Tepatitlàn de Morelos, Jalisco,near the wonderful Cathedral and kiosk in the park. Wonderful Pulpo beers and pizzas with hot chili mexican here, great tv screens and wonderful friendly service. Cannot confirm if open but keep it for the memories of always. RestaurantGuru webpage:

I had a wonderful lunch while watching a football/soccer game France vs Germany, and really this is heaven around you of natural beauty and the food and cold beers was great; a must. Cenote Azul restaurant in Bacalar , Quintana Roo. Yelp on Cenote Azul Webpage:

The above is an incredible site of a lake cave up to 90 meters deep great for scuba diving, the resto is on site, the place webpage:

I had my drinks here at Hotel La Laguna in Bacalar ,Quintana Roo gorgeous place with wonderful views of the lake and I was allowed to roam free afterward, the site picture tells it all !! webpage:

In Quintana Roo had lunch as well in Las Tortugas resto in Calderitas just next to Bacalar, along the Bay of Chetumal, wonderful fresh fried fish, fries, sweet bananas, yellow rice, and beers Modelo Especial, nice. Facebook webpage:

Had lunch on the road at Birreria Chololo with goat meat and beers Indio oscura. An institution in the area, they are at Carretera  Chapala Km 17, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.Jalisco. Again, cannot confirm if open but here for the memories of always. Yelp webpage: 

And yes, sometimes you have to eat at the airport, and my good one there is this one at Wings in the Guadalajara airport. Guadalajara airport is small and nice. airport webpage:

I had lunch at Los Bisquets de Obregon , Ecatepec ,Estado de México, local cuisine restaurant with a great cecina steak (salted and dried by means of air, sun or smoke) with mashed potatoes, Mexican rice, and mango/papaya juices. webpage:

I went north into the Sonora State at Ciudad Obregon, and had my lunch here at Los Arbolitos de Cajeme . A great mero fish with butter. webpage:

There you go folks, I am sure there are others, and perhaps more famous, but these are the ones that were special for the company kept and the good friendship that endures to this day. Again, the city has a world of food and culinary delights to offer for all tastes and pockets. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all !!!

November 23, 2022

How about my favorite European beers !!

I like to tackle a special subject that can be travel related too. If reading my blog I am very much into wines , collector, drinker, and amateur lover of the grapes and my god Bacchus ! Certified connasseur by France and Spain. However, I do indulge in other drinks such as beers. For a friendly chat or apéro as we call it in France, sort of a happy hour US or after work UK, we tend to dwell into beers for the better and quicker conversation lol! Therefore, let me write something on my favorite beers, as have done in the past other than Breton, like the Duchesse Anne triple , we drink Belgians, Czech, Irish, or German beers at home and at bars. Of course, while in Spain , we do drink the beers there but only our favorite from Madrid Mahou, and unless in foreign territory we have drank CruzCampo::)

Belgian beers are among the most varied and the most numerous beer collections in the world. They vary from the very popular “pils” to the exclusively Belgian appellations of lambic (spontaneous fermentation), old brunette, red beer or raw beer through the famous Trappists! and other Abbey or seasonal beers.  Since 2016, Belgian beer has been inscribed in the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO under the title: beer cultivation in BelgiumThe Guild of the Brewers of Bruges saw the day in 1308, that of Liège in 1357 and that of Brussels in 1365. In the 16C, the Maison de l’Arbre d’Or  (house of the golden tree) on the Grand-Place in Brussels was bought by the Brewers from the upholsterers. Restored in 1638, the Brewers ‘ House was destroyed during the bombing of Brussels by Marshal Villeroy in 1695. Rebuilt between 1698 and 1707, it is embellished in 1749. After the abolition of the corporations, it was sold as a State property in 1793 under the French occupation. A bit of more recent history, in 1934: the monks of Westmalle brew the first triple, yes! In 1954, the House of Brewers on the Grand Place of Brussels becomes a corporatist house. In addition to the Brewers Guild and the Chevalerie du Fourquet, it houses a brewery museum in the basement (yes very nice). In  2007, was the creation of the Belgian family brewers label bringing together the family Breweries of more than 50 years of existence. Authentic Trappist product at the moment, and six are located in Belgium: West-Vleteren, Westmalle (yes!) , Achel, Rochefort, Orval and Chimay (yes!). We know the doubles of the Trappist abbeys, but also the Sint Bernardus Pater, Maredsous (yes!)  and the Witkap Dubbel. The white beers, this type of beer, aged 400 years ago, had disappeared in the  1950’s, but was revived by Pierre Celis in his brewery in Hoegaarden.


The Belgian beers tourist site on Belgian beers :

The Guinness  is a dark Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, Ireland, in 1759. It is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide, brewed in almost 50 countries, and available in over 120. The Guinness is a stout, a black beer topped with white foam, known worldwide for its flavor and its special appearance. Guinness is strongly linked to the history of Ireland; it is one of the symbols at the international level. The brand uses a Celtic harp such as that of Brian Boru or Trinity College as part of its visual identity. This 14C harp model is one of the traditional symbols of Ireland since the reign of Henry VIII in the 16C. Guinness used the harp as a symbol in 1862 and then as a logo deposited in 1876. However, it is reversed compared to that of the national coats of arms. This beer is a stout, a type of beer of high fermentation from the beers porter that became famous in the 18C in London. It’s almost black brown color (but which is actually deep red; to be seen in the light) comes from the use for its design of highly roasted malts and roasted barley grains. The cream-colored foam layer that caps the beer is the result of a nitrogen addition during the draught . This latter characteristic poses the difficulty of obtaining an identical flavor and texture between the Guinness pressure and those sold in bottles and cans. In 2016, under the pressure of vegans, Guinness modifies its ancestral recipe; it renounces to use the traditional fish-native bladders to filter and lighten its beer and now uses a new filtration process. their beers are now Vegan, The Guinness draught is the flagship variety of the Guinness range; it is also the best-selling beer in Ireland. The extra stout is a separate range within the Guinness range of beers. Stronger, more “corsed”, with more pronounced bitterness, the extra stout is also exported abroad under the name foreign extra stout.


The popular beers of Ireland

The German beer (we drink most) originates in the high Middle Ages. For centuries, beer has been part of German culture and gastronomy, and the country is studded of Bierpalast  (“beer Palace”), Biergarten (“beer garden”), Bierstube (“Brasserie”), Bierkeller (“beer cellar”), Bierhaus (“beer house“) and Bierzelt (” beer tent “) found at the many beer festivals.  In Germany there are a large number of types of beers but the immense success of the pilsener  dominating 70% of the market eclipsing many regional varieties, apart from the export and the Weissbier which occupy about 10% of the internal market.  In 736 in Geisenfeld in Bavaria, there is a mention of a fermented beverage based on barley. In 766, mention was made of the oldest beer delivery from Geisingen to the Abbey of St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 974, the first brewing authorization was given by the Emperor Otto II of the Holy Roman Empire to the Church of Liège (Belgium). The Thuringian have a document of 1434 (Wirtshausgesetz) written in Weißensee, which states the only ingredients allowed: water, barley, hops. Decrees in Regensburg in 1453 or Landshut in 1493 prohibit any aromatization except that of hops. In 1842 also arrives from Bohemia, the pilsener which was to be immediately successful. During the recasting of the Biersteuergesetz in 1993, the rules of the former are maintained as a preliminary law of beer and the tax provisions transferred. Now the regulation on the eligible ingredients is no longer valid only for the production of beer in Germany for the German market. Imported beer is not subject to these regulations; and German Brewers can also escape if they produce for export, unless they receive exemptions for special beers. Now the beers still adhering to its principles are classified among the traditional  Lebensmittel  (“traditional foods”) and protected also by European decree. The Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law)  is in fact the longest existing law ensuring the food quality of a product for health.  The German beers are legally classified according to their densities: Einfachbiere (“simple beers”) , Schankbiere (“consumer beers” at pressure), Vollbiere (” “complete beers”) , representing more than 90% of the production, Starkbiere (‘ strong beers ‘) or Bockbiere .  To which are added two genres apart: Lückenbiere, all beers banned before 1993 under the classification of the time ; Biermischgetränke, variegated drinks or cocktails based on beer and fruit juice, aroma or energizing. The beers are also classified by type or style so very many! Centrally and industrialized in the North, breweries are more artisanal and more localized in the South. Only Bavaria contains half of the 1 300 breweries in the country and 4 000 of the 5 000 beer brands produced. The largest concentration of breweries in the world is located next to  Bamberg, in the upper Franconia region of Bavaria.  The Weihenstephan Abbey founded in 725 holds the oldest brewery still in operation (since 1040).  In 2004 Oettinger dethrone Krombacher (my favorite!) from the top of the biggest breweries Since 1810, the Oktoberfest has been the largest party in the world for two weeks in Munich (invited twice and missed sadly). Almost as well known and famous in Germany, the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart is also a huge festival. The Deutschen Bieres Tag (“German beer day”) is celebrated on April 23rd since 1994 in honor of the famous Reinheitsgebot law.

german beers

The popular beers of Germany

Czech beer has a long and complex history. The first known brewery in the region dates back to 1118. The city of Brno had been recognized for brewing rights as early as the 12C, while the two cities traditionally associated with Czech beer namely Plzeň and České Budějovice, have had a brewery since the 13C. The history of modern beer in the Czech regions (Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia) dates back to the creation of the Pilsner Urquell in 1842 which revolutionized the brewing industry. Previously, Bohemia was famous for its wheat beers, known in Czech under the term “světlé pivo” (light beer), the equivalent of the German “weissbier” or the Belgian “witbier”. Most of the large and medium-sized cities owned at least one brewery. But the largest breweries were in České Budějovice , Plzeň , and Prague. Important breweries were also found in the towns of Rakovník, Žatec  and TřeboňThe two most famous (and most exported) Czech beer brands are Pilsner Urquell, the first and archetype of Pilsner beers and Budweiser Budvar . Other major brands include Bernard, GambrinusKrušovice, Radegast, Starobrno, Staropramen, Velkopopovický Kozel and Svijany. Budweiser beer produced in the Czech Republic (founded in 1795 and having begun exporting to the United States in 1871); American Bud produced in the United States since 1876. In the United States, since 1939, the Czech brewer cannot use the names Bud, Budweis or Budweiser. This agreement signed by Czechs threatened at the time by Nazi Germany leaves a bitter taste, like the beer made in Ceske Budejovice, which had to take the name of Czechvar on the North American continent. A verdict of the European Court of Justice of July 2010 stipulates that Budweiser Budvar beer has the exclusive use of the Budweiser brand throughout the European Union. According to the Czech law, beers are divided into the following categories, regardless of their style and colour: Lehké, a light beer that stands at 8 ° Výčepní, a table beer that is between 8 ° and 10 °  Ležák, a classic Lager beer which is between 11 ° and 12.99 ° premium, for beers exceeding the threshold of 13 °. Originally, Pilsner just meant that the beer was breated in Plzeň. By extension, the term now refers to a pale and hoppy Lager beer. The Czech Beer Festival in Prague is the largest beer Festival in the Czech Republic and is held for 17 days each year in May!. It is possible to taste more than 70 different brands of Czech beers. The Pilsner festival is a two-day beer festival held each year in October by the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzeň.


The original Czech beers :

There you go folks, this is a sample of my favorite beers/countries of course they are all over in our world. We just take a few of their beers for personal and family enjoyment, drink in moderation ,it is all for fun as well as keeping the traditions! However, the beers of Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic are all very good indeed!!! Hope you can enjoy them as I.

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!




November 23, 2022

The beers of Bretagne and France !!!

Let’s talk about beers in the season to be merrier! Now I like beers too, and have consumed quite a bit of them over the years. As time passes and we gain a few years I tend to turn to the local artisanal beers and away from the industrial ones. This is the case arriving in Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh. I like to update this older post with new text, links and some beer labels.

However, what is a fact and you need to spent some time in the local bars and brasseries of France is that the beer is catching up. I know for a fact in my beautiful Brittany, the beer is king. The biggest tendance is the IPA beer ( India Pale Ale ) a style of beer that is as usual as asking for a mojito.   Almost all the breweries have an IPA. Leffe, was the first one three years ago with the Leffe Royale Cascade IPA. Raw materials and brewing techniques. Experiments and innovations take part in the dynamics of a brand while bringing new flavors. Beer aged in new oak casks or in casks having wine content (Sauternes, Pinot Noir, Meursault), rum, cognac, whisky or calvados. Beers brewed from stale bread, grapes, smoked malt with beech wood, wheat malt (or cheese), rye, buckwheat, oats. Beers flavoured with the addition of plants, fruit, fruit juices, non-alcoholic beers…You name it they are all innovating ideas and surprisingly there are markets for them!

Styles and large families: Lager: A generic term for low, blond, amber, brown, cold and refreshing beers, the most popular being pils, or pilsner. A blond, light, well-hopped beer. Ale (ale means beer): traditional beer from the United Kingdom, high fermentation, light in alcohol. It is available in Pale Ale (Claire), mild (mild), Brown (a bit sweet), bitter (very hoppy, so bitter), Porter (brunette), stout (black, malt-based very roasted barley), barley wine (meaning barley wine, with a lot of malted barley, strongly Alcoholic). Within this family of beers is the India Pale Ale (IPA), rich in very specific hops, with citrus, floral, earthy, fruity aromas…Abbey beer: Beer is named after an abbey but brewing is carried out by an outside brewery. Trappist: Beer brewed in the enclosure of an abbey or under the control and responsibility of the monastic community. Double or triple: Used in Belgium for Abbey Beers in particular, these denominations refer to the strongest beers in alcohol. The double is a dark beer measuring at least 6% alcohol. The triple is a blonde or golden beer that titles between 7.5% and 9%. I have tried the Duchesse Anne Triple 9% from Brittany, and Belzebuth at 8,5% blonde pilsners from the Nord -France. Specialty Beers: Those that are unclassifiable in other families, generally regional beers and high fermentation.

There are three types of beer fermentation, these are:The high fermentation beers : In the brewing, the yeast work at high temperatures between 15C and 25C ( 59F and 77F) transforming the sugars into alcohol and carbonic gas. The low fermentation beers : the yeast work at temperatures between 5C and 12C(41F to 54F).The beers with spontaneous fermentation: the yeasts work in the changing air climates making a natural fermentation putting the malt of the beers in open barrels.  This is the case of the lambics and  gueuzes beers of Belgium.

The best ones for me are the brasseries artisanales or homemade breweries that today are about 1100. This represent 3% of the beer market and to 2020 it will double. In France, the region that consume the most are Normandie, Grand Est, and Bretagne. The Normans drink 81% , Grand Est 79%,and Bretagne 78%. However, France is one of the countries in Europe that consumes less beer per person, in 2017 the brewers association or association Brasseurs de France, they drink 30 liters (about 8 gallons US) of beer per year.  This number is nothing compare with the Czech drinking 144 liters per year, the Germans 107, Austrians 104 liters.  Even if we have 1100 breweries with 3000 beer brands, France is the 8th producer in Europe behind Germany, UK, Spain, and Netherland.

La Cervoiserie began near La Rochelle in 2004 and now has more than 500 references of beers in stores of about 400 m2. They are gear to the « after works » or Happy Hour to from hours of 10h to 20h Mondays to Saturdays.  They are a franchises; we have one in Vannes. La Cervoiserie :

Another one similar that we go often and buy more is V&B on a similar format as above. The stores has one in Séné, one in Vannes, and Auray. We have tried them all but we are comfortable and friendly with the store in Auray. V&B:

The brewers association or Brasseurs de France:

Rate Beer ,beer rating worldwide:

Now let me give some names, places, the rest you can find online easy. La Brasserie du Bout du Monde at Rosnoen, Brasserie de Bretagne, at Trégunc; Brasserie des Deux Rivières – Coreff,  at Carhaix-Plouguer; Brasserie Lancelot, at Val d’Oust (Le Roc Saint André), Brasserie Mor Braz, at Theix-Noyalo; Brasserie la goutte d’or, 18éme arrondissement Paris; Brasserie Bière de Meaux at Meaux; and Brasserie de La Vallée de Chevreuse, at Bonnelles.

There you go folks, the beers are all very good, and I will again soon be tasting more in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. Drink with moderation of course, this is culture at its best and enjoy it with friends and or family even better.  Salut!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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