Our visit to Brasserie Dupont wasn’t the most memorable, but it fulfilled a sort of pilgrimage to this world classic and personal favorite brewery. We sat at La Forge to review a fresh draft pour of Redor Pils, and left with a small bottle of Biolégère (Avril). The highlight for me was watching the forklift operator drive this single 33cl bottle from the stockroom out to the street after we placed our order.
Though you can buy bottles in the Brasserie Dupont office during their limited hours, draft lines are found across the street at Les Caves Dupont (which was shuttered during our visit) or a few doors down at La Forge. The interior of La Forge is everything an old world brown bar should be, rustic and understated, welcoming to locals and travelers, pouring fresh kegs and offering chilled, fresh bottles. The people of Tourpes certainly know that Dupont ranks among the best producers in the world, and thankfully more of the world is becoming aware of this, and more beer travelers are making the trek to the source.