I gotta say, I don’t know much about beer but I sure do love the stuff. When we opened Holybelly we thought it’d be cool to have a few beers on offering on the menu because eating a good meal while sipping on a cold one is one of the most pleasurable things in life. So we asked around and found the good folks over at La Brasserie de la Choulette in the Somme region. Really nice stuff, excellent price, delivery to Paris, done deal.
A few weeks back, a regular customer of ours, Matthieu, told me about some guys he knew who were starting a brewery down in Montreuil. I thought cool, why not? And forgot pretty much all about it until a few days after, Thomas, from Deck & Donohue, rocked up to the shop with some samples. He was super nice (Plus he’s a filter drinker, never hurts), we had a quick chat, I thanked him, popped the sexy looking beers in the bar fridge and waited for 6pm to kick all of you guys out and crack them open. We had a little beer tasting with the floor staff and the ladies in the kitchen and the thumbs ups were unanimous. Their beer is delicious.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, my good mate Jarrad, who I used to work with over at Market Lane (now doing his thing with the boys at Everyday), is in town for a bit and, being the perfect Australian that we know and love, he’s quite fond of the hoppy beverage too, so on Wednesday we commuted to Montreuil and paid a visit to the boys at Deck & Donohue, in their spanking new brewery. Amaury from Bob’s Juice and Kitchen (and soon to open Bake House) was hanging at Holybelly that day so he came with.
The brewery is gorgeous. Big, bright, brand new, I think we were all quite impressed. Mike Donohue welcomed us, poured us a glass of Trouble #6 each and we got talking. The boys gave us a tour of the setup. It’s legit. From what I gather between two sips, Mike worked in heaps of Breweries back in the States and he met Thomas at Uni and they became buds and started making beers together. Pretty sweet bromance. We hung out for a couple of hours, had all of the beers which were all equally as delicious, got back on the metro craving something large and fried, we ended up at PNY.
Anyhow, Deck & Donohue rocks. I’ve got a soft spot for doers and Mike and Thomas definitely belong to the doers clubs. Couple of dudes doing what they love to make a buck, very cool. We’re serving their Trouble #6 and Mission as of today although we kind of drank the first delivery ourselves and now, due to their, most deserved, success, the boys are running low on stock and are brewing hundreds of litres of nectar of gods as we speak. I’ve got a few bottles left in the fridge but I expect we’ll be out of Deck & Donohue for a week or so but trust me, it’s worth waiting for.