5 Jun 2011 - 3:05:58 AM
Micro Brasserie du Chamonix
My first French brewpub! It's owned by a Canadian guy, but still, it's in France, and maybe he's French-Canadian... Anyway, my climbing friends knew about the Micro Brasserie du Chamonix (MBC), and so of course we went. MBC was out of its Blanche des Guides brew (my friends' favorite), but I got to try the other five on tap, including a seasonal. They have a good veggie burger, too, which went down fast after a long day of hiking. After four or five weeks of European beers, it was comforting to find a place that made the kind of beer I've grown accustomed to in Seattle. As far as alcohol percentages go, all the MBC beers are 5%, conveniently enough.
- Blonde de Chamonix - Nice and light, with honey flavor. Not so bready, but good balance with light hops. Quite bubbly, goes right down. Great post-hike beer.
- Granite de Pale Ale - Nice full-bodied pale ale. Big maltiness, but not too big. Hints of caramel. Good hoppiness in the aftertaste.
- Dark Vador - Their bock, but doesn't have that bock-y malty sweetness I don't particularly like, although it does have a malty taste to it. Fairly smoky, too. More like a porter.
- Stout des Drus - Sort of a watery Guinness, but not bad. Dry smokiness, not too heavy. The problem with a Guinness-like stout is that I always compare it to a Guinness...
- Seasonal (Snowslayer Ale?) - A light ale. No honey flavor like the Blonde, a bit more watery, and a slight caramel flavor. A little odd.
Little tasters at the MBC -- Chamonix, France
As I was typing up this post I finally realized that the MBC acronym sounds like "embassy," and their logo features those letters in a Canadian maple leaf, so I suppose this place is basically the unofficial Canadian embassy.