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    Les Fous in Carnoet, just off the route Carhaix – Callac – Guingamp, is well worth a visit. English owners of a micro brewery.

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    I’m getting a taste for real ale these days, I feel a visit to this place is on cards when I’m next over. ;-)

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    I think we could just drop by when we’re over in June/July…cheers @Vegemite Kid!

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    TOO far away :cry:

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    Only thing I miss, a decent pint! :cry:

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    Sounds like a place to target for a ride out on the bike, obviously wont sample to much of the nectar though. :good: :good:

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    Is Guingamp really Central Brittany? I would have put Central around Pontivy.

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    He never said it was Guingamp the OP said Carnoet, just off the route Carhaix – Callac – Guingamp, its hardly the outskirts is it, and does it matter??

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    In the scheme of things it is hardly earth shattering but I would have been interested in a Micro Brewery around Pontivy but not in what I would call Northern Brittany. Just too far away for a pint as bill said.

    So if anyone knows of a similar brewery around Pontivy, Josselin, Ploermel that brews hand pump ale then please let me know.

    In fact it might be useful to have a directory on here as to where these pubs are. I know of an English Pub in St Vincent but it doesn’t serve much in the way of hand pump British beer, mainly bottled.

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    Peter Good idea to get a directory for real ale, Ive been toying with the idea of bringing a barrel or two of real stuff over but as I have no idea how to keep it it may just be a waste, appreciate any tips from anyone how to look after real beer and keep it, well forget about the keep it bit I doubt it would last long. :yahoo:

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    Well I did dabble in the brewing industry at one time. Genuine real ale matures in a wooden barrel and therefore transporting stirs up the yeast and the ale goes cloudy. It has to settle for several days at the correct temperature that conveniently you would find in a wine cellar. This is too much messing about for the modern pub so keg beer is often used. That is much more tolerant to being transported but then it is not real ale.

    The advantage of a micro brewery is that there is little distance to transport it and so it does not suffer from the problems of being transported.

    That very roughly is why breweries served their local communities and you don’t find much beer brewed in the UK on sale in France other than in kegs and bottles – and not much of that either.

    I think you would waste quite a lot of the beer you brought over but for that which you have left I’ll offer to help you out and drink some of it.

    Some time ago the Blue Anchor in Helston came to a folk festival over here and brought their own beer. It was all sold within a few hours. Maybe they could advise you on buying a barrel of their beer for consumption in France.

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    Peter, perhaps you could set up a microbrewery in the Pontivy area? Take the hour’s trip to Les Fous and discuss it with the owner!

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    wonderful idea. don’t drink beer but MOH does and would love it. Now if it had the atmosphere of a good old pub that would be fantastic. Come you boys get your asses into gear and make it happen :whistle:

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    The BEATLES went in there quite a few years ago. A massive picture with DON and TRISH the owners. Brill beer, but phone before you set off if you are traveling a long way, as TRISH is no very well

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    Is that your Scottish accent coming out, Boris?

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    :wacko: :yahoo:

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    OK so are there any other micro brewery pubs out there or just the one in Central or somewhere in Brittany at Carnoet?

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    I have emailed the owners of Les Fous to see if they want to put a free listing on the business directory, if you can suggest to any other micro breweries that you stumble across to do the same then we will add a section to the directory so you all know where to head to :good:

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    :good: :good: Well here’s a thing, I am moving out of my stone built workshop that is well pretty decent size well slated etc as I have a far bigger one now, my intention was to make it into a man cave or Pub would still be interested to knock it into a oldie style English pub for one or 2 nights a week so long as the interest is there to share the load and work, etc, not as a business more of a coop and as a place to go for a pint and game of darts etc, share bar duties cleaning beer keeping etc, anyone interested???? :scratch: :scratch: , situated near Plouray

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    I think you may get some interest for that @Yellowperil!

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    I agree , we need some proper English style bitter , on hand pump !
    With the lack of local offerings I did some homebrew last year, but have brewed using mash recipes in the past .
    Very busy at the moment with a house move ( to near Pontivy) would give any encouragement or support to a brewing venture near Pontivy!!

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    Aah, The Blue Anchor at Helston! So many memories, so many beers! :wacko: :wacko:

    My husband, a life member of CAMRA brews his own real ale and I grow him the hops – Pilgrim & Progress.

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    There is a micro brewery at Saint Mayeux, he advertises in the CBJ. Visit is by appointment only.

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    with the lack of decent draft bitter in the area I have finally gone back to brewing my own .

    Normally had to get supplies from the UK , the problem now is CO2 injection systems for pressure barrel. In UK I used a refillable Co2 bottle, available at Tesco at the time , ( S20 injection system I think it was called ) … then reverted to using the small 8g disposable Sparklets/Soda stream metal Co2 capsules …. I thought these were fairly standard  but have been unable to find them here …does anyone know if any of the French supermarkets keep them … postage is high from UK

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    I’ve seen some CO2 capsules in Super U a while ago, for soda machines. I don’t know if it’s what you’re looking for, but maybe you can you with an empty one at the desk and ask if they’ve got any ?

    Maybe look in But or Darty or any place who is selling “electroménager” ?

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    Our local Leclercs sell them but you have to go to the accueil  for them.

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    Peter, perhaps you could set up a microbrewery in the Pontivy area? Take the hour’s trip to Les Fous and discuss it with the owner!

    There is a one-man-band artisan brewer somewhere near us – between Pontivy and Guemene – sur- Scorff.

    The last time I saw a news item about him he was brewing Breton ale – bottled stuff.

    Edit – Yer ’tis!

    http://www.brasseriesaintgeorges.fr/

    Love the picture of the front of the brewery!

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    We visited Les Fous for lunch about 6 years ago. We had a mediocre meal. There was just one other family eating there and no other customers. It looked run-down and just not very well kept. It was cold and uninviting.

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    It’s changed since, then, obviously.

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    How is it ‘obvious’ that it’s changed Vegemite Kid?

    The web page doesn’t appear to be updated. I tried clicking on the ‘restaurant’ tab but nothing happened. In fact nothing happens when you click on any of the tabs!

    It looks like it’s not been updated this century! It always amazes me when businesses have a web page but don’t update them. Better not to have one at all!

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