Parlez-vous Français? French Craft Brewers Hold A Pair Of Events Next Week In Chicago

In Beer News, Press Release by The Guys


NOTE: Next week we’ll be posting reviews of two of the beers pouring on Monday and Tuesday, Pietra Colomba and Jenlain Blonde.


CHICAGO, IL – On Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, nine French brewers, including Armelle Sialelli of Brasserie Pietra and brewery representative Audrey Saint-Leger of Brasserie Jenlain, will visit Chicago, bringing their beers with them, for two Meet the Brewer Events at The Publican (837 West Fulton Market, 312-733-9555) and Hopleaf (5148 North Clark Street, 773-334-9851).  Guests are invited to meet the makers of these fine French craft beers and sample their wares on draught.  Both bars will offer special pricing on the featured beers, plus food pairings and more fun surprises, all on a pay-as-you-go basis.

“We’re thrilled to be visiting Chicago, and we look forward to meeting beer lovers and sharing our beers,” says Sialelli.  “Americans have an amazing affinity for craft beers, and we feel lucky to be able to share our favorites with them at these informal, sociable meet-and-greet events.”

First, on Monday, February 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sialelli and Saint-Leger, along with the seven other French brewers, will visit The Publican, where guests will be able to sample:  Jenlain Ambrée, the brewery’s flagship beer that is a classic example of a malty French farmhouse ale;  Pietra, an amber ale brewed with a blend of selected malts, hops and chestnuts;  and Pietra Colomba, a bottom-fermented, unfiltered beer white beer infused with a delicate mixture of indigenous arbutus, myrtle and juniper, alongside offerings from the other brewers.

Then, on Tuesday, February 12 beginning at 7 p.m., all nine brewers will move on to Hopleaf, where guests will enjoy Jenlain Blonde, an aromatic, golden beer and Pietra Colomba, as well as other beers from all of the French brewing dignitaries.

Beer drinkers attending these events will also enjoy beers from Brasserie de Bretagne, Brasserie Meteor, Brasserie Bourganel, Brasserie du Mont Blanc, Brasserie Castelain, Brasserie Saint Germain and Brasserie Saint Sylvestre.

Brasserie Pietra is located on the island of Corsica, where they have brewed traditional beers since 1996.  Founded by husband and wife team Armelle and Dominique Sialelli, the brewery works from raw materials that include Corsican sweet chestnut flour, local Acqua Blanca spring water and fresh herbs from the maquis (Corsican scrubland).

Brasserie Jenlain is a fourth-generation brewery and the second-largest independent brewery in France.  Credited with reviving the country’s only indigenous beer style, Biere de Garde, they have set an example for countless other smaller breweries across Northern France.

For more information on the Chicago events, please visit


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