When I went on my travels a couple of years ago around Spain and France, I didn’t have a huge number of amazing beer experiences to report. Nonetheless, there were a couple of interesting places to which I was keen to take Baileythis time round.
The first was Naturbier in Madrid, a friendly brewpub in the heart of the city. I was interested to see if Bailey would agree with my positive opinions and he did, although we both agreed that this time the “rubio” (blonde/pale) beer was better — almost as good as some unfiltered lagers we’d had in Germany.
The second was the Frog & Rosbif (Paris St Denis branch) which seems to have quite a bad reputation as an expat dive. I loved it last time and was almost a bit nervous to take Bailey there… Would it be as good?
Yes and no. The wheat beer and lager were a bit odd tasting, and the waitress warned us off the stout (“It’s not so good today. Why not try something something else?”). But the two ales were fresh and the atmosphere and service were great. What’s interesting about this place is how it manages to be so popular with the locals: we didn’t spot any obvious ex-pats. It’s certainly not because it’s cheap…