We all know France for its great wines, but I have to say, the craft brewing scene is also growing in France, with some great beers as result :-).
I was in north of France end of July to visit some very good friends of mine and there my friends showed me in a local supermarket the beers they are producing in that region. The town was called Hardelot-sur-Plage, close to Boulogne-sur-Mer. And waw, what a super nice selection they had! The beers that immediately jumped out with their labels, were those from Brasserie des 2 Caps (http://www.2caps.fr/en/la-brasserie.html).
This brewery is situated in the ‘Côte d’Opale’ in between the 2 cliffs called ‘Cap blanc nez’ and ‘Cap gris nez’, meaning the white and grey cliff respectively. It is a beautiful area with spectacular views, on a clear day even all the way to UK.
The brewery is using malt and hops farmed in the surrounding area, very environmently friendly :-). They have around 6 different beer types, and I tasted the D-day beer:
This beer was a very nice positive experience. The flavor is fruity (banana like), definitely fermented with a Belgian type Blond Ale yeast. A little sweet aftertaste with a balanced bitterness. Almost a typical Belgian Blond, but then brewed in north of France. I can definitely recommend this beer. On Ratebeer, the beer got rated a 3.2, but I have given it a 3.7
The name is of course inspired by D-day, taking place at the coast nearby on the 6th of June 1944. A super nice tribute to this great day!