Having been tipped off that I might find some good beers there, and having found a good last-minute weekend deal, Nick and I found ourselves in Lille last weekend. A friend who used to live there recommended we check out Les 3 Brasseurs, a microbrewery/brewpub conveniently located right next to the train station. Approaching it from across the square, we were greeted with this charming sight:
This is, it turns out, the original location of Les 3 Brasseurs, which has expanded over the last twenty years to include locations in several French cities as well as in Canada. But on to the beer…
The first two we tried were the Blonde and the Ambrée. The first sip provoked smiles on both our faces. This is microbrew! This is what I’ve been missing! The Blonde had a clean, crisp flavor with a distinct hoppy aroma and a pleasing bitterness on the finish. The Ambrée was smoother and maltier, but also had a well-balanced hoppiness to it. As we savored our non-macrobrews, we perused a local paper and found a restaurant we wanted to try. Confirming that Les 3 Brasseurs would be open for dinner on Sunday, we vowed to return to try the rest of their wares.
Which we did. We failed to get any pictures on our second visit, but did taste two more beers. The Blanche was fairly typical for the style, but the Brune was surprisingly tasty. Dark and full-bodied, but again balanced nicely with hops, it drank more like an English porter than the sweeter, Belgian-style brune we were expecting. The food was decent, beer-friendly fare such as Carbonnade (beef stewed with beer and onions), Chocroute garnie, and Flammekeuche (an Alsatian specialty – like a thin pizza spread with crème fraîche, onions, and lardons).
Good beer, hearty food, and cozy brewery environs: just the ticket after a cold day in Lille!
Originally published on Croque-Camille.