Jeremy has the honor of presenting our final oral report. He has driven
with his host father Monsieur de Petiville out to Les Clouzeaux, a small
village several kilometers inland to visit one of Vendée's only two breweries.
The owner, Monsieur Chrisian Plain, has taught Jeremy a lot about the art of
the brewmaster. The basics are quite simple, however. All beer is
made from three main ingredients: water, grain, yeast. Most
beers also have hops, a bitter flower that cuts the natural sweetness of the
sugars from the grain. By far the most prevalent grain used in beer is
barley, but M. Plain has a special secret. In addition to a base of 80%
barley, he adds 20% millet to his grain input. The word for "millet" in
French is, you guessed it, "millet." This is the most common grain in
Vendée and the patois has a special name for it: "meuille." The
the name of Monsieur Plain's beer: l'Epi d'Meuille.