April 7 2014
Fans of craft beers and local produce should definitely pay a visit to this little brasserie tucked away in the Goutte d’Or, the heart of the 18th arrondissement.
Done with brewing in his home-kitchen for friends, Thierry Roche opened up a bricks and mortar place in 2012. At the time, it was the only beer brewery in central Paris.
Although it may not be immediately apparent, the location actually couldn’t be more fitting. You see, the area is known as la Goutte d’Or (or “Drop of Gold” in English) and the name originates from the distinctly rich coloured wine that used to be made right here until the end of the 19th century. (See here for more on that.) The fact that there is once again a booze producer in the quartier making a golden nectar seems a rather appropriate turn full circle.
Situated so close to Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, it was a convenient spot for workers coming from the countryside as they looked for work in the big city about two hundred years ago. As time went by, those first immigrants were replaced by foreign settlers and thus the Goutte d’Or became the lively and vivacious area that it is today. Once one of Paris’s grittiest neighbourhoods, it has been (quite considerably) cleaned up in recent years. Despite that, it remains true to its roots – a hotpot of African culture (both Maghreb and sub-Saharan.) On any given street corner within this stretch between La Chapelle and Marcadet-Poissoniers, you can find plantain, yam, exotic spices, beautiful fabric – and most likely some illegal substances if you know who to ask…
The beers made in this micro-brewery reflect this diverse exotic backdrop. A couple of months ago (this blog post has been fermenting for a little while and I must apologise for that) I popped by to check it out and get my hands on a drop of gold.
Essential Information Address: 28 Rue de la Goutte d’Or, 75018 Telephone: 09 80 64 23 51 Website: Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or, Facebook Opening Hours: Thursday, Friday from 5pm-7pm and Saturday from 2pm-7pm for tastings, visits and purchases. Suggested footwear: shabby sports shoes, it’s the Goutte d’Or remember…