Brasserie de Monaco’s La Blanche beer wins top award

The Brasserie de Monaco’s La Blanche beer has won a gold medal at the prestigious Concours International de Lyon, which took place on 22nd and 23rd March.

Over 1,100 international tasters tested and analysed 1,858 samples, including international entrants, during the weekend in Lyon.

The Brasserie de Monaco was awarded a gold medal for its La Blanche beer, one year after obtaining a silver medal for its Blonde beer.

The award recognizes the work of Master Brewer Valentin Kuhn and his team.

La Blanche beer from the Brasserie de Monaco has 4.8% alcohol and has a floral, slightly bitter taste to it. The brew is made with organic barley, wheat and Czech hop malts from sustainable sources and imported from nearby countries. The wheat is Belgian “weissbier – witbier” style and the citrus nuances, which come from the selection of hops, are enhanced by a touch of coriander.

“This gold medal once again demonstrates the quality of our products and the care we take in the development process,” said Gildo Pastor, President of the Brasserie de Monaco. “This is the 7th award in our history and it salutes the work done by my teams and highlights the only brewery in Monaco. We are once again making the Principality shine around the world, and I am particularly happy about it.”

The Brasserie de Monaco on Port Hercule.

The “place to beer”

It’s the Monaco Grand Prix which is now on the Brasserie’s agenda. Like every year at the end of May, “the place to beer” will be the epicenter of the F1 event of the year. Every late afternoon, as soon as the circuit layout is handed over to the Monegasques, Jérémy, Louis, Valentin, Maxence and all the teams deploy their exceptional infrastructures on the asphalt. The “Brasserie bend” then transforms into a dance floor until the early hours, from Thursday to Sunday. This year again, during this crazy week, more than 3,400 litres of blonde beer will come out of the barrels.


In the spotlight: The Principality’s very own craft brewery, the Brasserie de Monaco

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European Poker Tour: Elite players to gather at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in four weeks’ time

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The prestigious Casino de Monte-Carlo will be playing host to the European Poker Tour between 24th April and 4th May. The major event will feature some of the world’s best poker players alongside up-and-coming talents, who will all be duking it out for cash prizes that might even hit the seven-figure mark.

The event, organised jointly with PokerStars, will be taking place from 24th April to 4th May in arguably the most glamourous casino on the planet. 

Among the challenges facing players will be High Roller and Mystery Bounty games as well as a central tournament for the finest stars of the poker world. On top of this, there will be several Super High Roller games with a minimum buy-in of €100,000.

The fun isn’t limited to the pros, though, as the European Poker Tour will also run a series of cash buy-in games every day from the start of the competition at the Salle des Etoiles and the Salle des Palmiers.

The styles of poker being played include: 2-7 Draw, 5-Card Draw, A-5 Draw, Badacey, Badeucy, Badugi, Chinese (and variants), Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Pineapple, Pineapple Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi/Lo. The games can be played No Limit, Pot Limit or Limit.  

All players must be 18 and over with a valid identity card if they wish to join in or even access the casino. The dress code is casual, but athletic wear is forbidden. Additionally, according to local law, Monegasque citizens are not allowed to participate.

To sign up or for more information, click here.

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The countdown to the Monaco E-Prix has begun

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Kicking off the spring motorsport season in the Principality is the Monaco E-Prix, which will be back in action on 27th April. 

Formula E, the electric-powered version of Formula 1, will be returning to the iconic Monaco circuit in a matter of weeks.  

The sport is gaining in popularity among motorsports lovers and more than 20,000 people turned out in Monaco last year to watch their favourite drivers take on one of the world’s most challenging street tracks.

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The Principality was among the early adopters of this more eco-friendly style of racing and hosted the inaugural Monaco E-Prix in 2015, just months after the very first race was held in Beijing in September 2014.  


The Monaco race is always a big hit, particularly for fans of the locally-based Maserati MSG Racing team and its drivers, Max Günther and Jehan Daruvala. This year’s race will be Daruvala’s first time out on the Monaco circuit in competition as he is in his Formula E rookie season.  

To date, Maserati MSG Racing has earned nine wins, five pole positions and 25 podium finishes, but no driver for the team has ever won the Monaco E-Prix.  

Other top-name drivers set to compete at the upcoming stage are Renault’s Sébastien Buemi, DS Penske’s Jean-Éric Vergne, and Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans from Jaguar TCS Racing. Cassidy won last year’s race.  


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Introducing Plato, the new robotic helper at Nice Airport’s Infinity VIP Lounge

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The Infinity VIP Lounge in Terminal 2 at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has a new team member in the form of service robot Plato.  

Plato’s primary role is to support the current hosts and hostesses in the Lounge by taking over some of their more “repetitive and time-consuming” chores, freeing them up to focus on more on their guests.  

With large round eyes and a smiling ‘face’, Plato is programmed to adapt to the surrounding environment, navigate crowds and carry loads up to 30 kilograms.

Plato can run for up to 15 hours on a single charge and take direction from simple voice commands.  

Plato can carry trays of food to customers, transport dishes, glasses and silverware, and serve drinks. Photo via Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

“With Plato, labour-intensive, repetitive, heavy-lifting and transporting tasks are automated, promoting better health and well-being for restaurant, hotel and store staff,” says a spokesperson for United Robotics, the company who designed and built Plato.  

Some of the jobs the robot can do include carrying trays of food to customers, transporting dishes, glasses and silverware, and serving drinks.  

To read more about this new addition to the Infinity VIP Lounge, click here.


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Larvotto Beach gets ready for the summer season

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Over the next few weeks, Larvotto Beach will be smoothed out and levelled in preparation for the summer season. The beachfront restaurants and other local businesses will remain open, but swimming will be forbidden for the duration of the works.  

The government says that the project is necessary in order to welcome the thousands of beachgoers who enjoy Larvotto Beach during the summertime “in the best conditions”.  

The sands and gravel base of the beach have been impacted by the storms experienced in the region in recent weeks, making the slope down to the water steeper than usual. Therefore, the beach will be gently levelled to meet requirements.

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A set of protective nets will be installed just off the shoreline in a bid to protect the seabed and its flora and fauna from any sediment released during the works. 

The team in charge of the reprofiling project, which will run from 15th April until 3rd May, will be working between the hours of 7.30am and 12pm, and then again from 2pm to 6.30pm. 

 Although swimming will be prohibited for the duration of the works, access to the beach will still be possible, albeit section by section as the project progresses.  

The restaurants and businesses that line the beachfront will remain open. 

For more information, click here.  

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Rainy forecasts threaten to make Easter weekend a washout

Yet another Mediterranean episode appears to be looming on the horizon, and the latest Météo France forecasts for the long Easter weekend suggest that at least two out of three of the days will be wet – very wet.

It is looking increasingly likely that Easter egg hunts and family celebrations will be forced indoors over the weekend as clouds gather over the Côte d’Azur and Météo France warns of incoming rains.

The gloomy forecast has cast a shadow over outdoor Easter plans, with the worst of the weather predicted to start around midday in the more mountainous parts of the region on Saturday 30th March. The coast will largely be spared of rain during the daytime, but the forecast still looks cloudy, with temperatures expected to reach a maximum of 15°C.

Although no serious weather alerts have been issued, unlike during the storms of early March, heavy rain is expected to fall on Saturday evening and continue falling throughout Sunday. The wind is also likely to play a factor in the stormy conditions, with gusts of up to 55km/h possible in some areas.

The bad weather will no doubt force many families to rethink their outdoor egg hunts and picnics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all fun is off the Easter table. A wet weekend is the perfect time to indulge in some family baking and crafting activities.

And we can look forward to the sun returning on Monday 1st April – fingers crossed!

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