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Drinking Local Beer In New Caledonia
New Caledonia is not only blessed with sun, sea and great food, but it also offers some of the best natural water in the Pacific Ocean!
No wonder this island has been settled for millennia as the water is slowly filtered through rocks before to gush out at the feet of pretty high (over 2,000 metres in some cases) for such a small island!
A benediction for beer Brewers and beer lovers!
There are two distinct microbreweries in New Caledonia:
The first one, 3 Brasseurs, is actually a branch of a great microbrewery in France, which uses only local water.
It not only offers a range of four different beers, all made from pure malt and hops, unpasteurized and unfiltered:
Blonde (lager), Ambree (red ale), Scotch (porter) and Blanche (weizen)
but they also include a restaurant where you can eat all typical Alsatian Cuisine.
Centre Commercial de la Baie des Citrons, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie
The other Brewery is the Grande Brasserie Neo-Caledonienne, a 100% local micro-brewery:
Their main label is Number One.
It is a very refreshing lager, especially popular with Ozzies and Kiwis, and quite reasonably priced at that.
But I have a little weak spot for their red ale, Havannah!
Also reasonably priced, it should please Europeans especiallY!
Great beer in a great hot spot in the Pacific! What else could you need?
4 thoughts on “Gastronomic Destinations: New Caledonia (3)”
The MotH (and that stands for Man of the House) and I plan on attending an artisan beer fair at Milan this weekend so I’m taking notes on the name of this brewery just in case I might discover it among the 300 exhibitors that will be there. Maybe it’s best that we take the metro instead of driving….! We both love birra artigianale – and make that the dark/red types. Never could understand the deal with lighter versions…
So so, the Ambree/red ale was easily the best!
What did you think of the Blanche?