Brew Up Over Laughs And Good Times In Montreal!
Montreal is a great city for beer-lovers. If you’re coming down, you’ll find the the area has a great tradition of artisan and craft breweries, as well as more established breweries. There are plenty of pubs and bars that specialize in beers, ales, and stouts, many with their own microbreweries on site. You can buy beer in official liquor stores (SAQs), supermarkets, and many depanneurs (corner store). Many corner stores offer a surprisingly good selection of local craft ales.
Well-known names that you find on many menus include Molson Coors. The Molson brewery sign is easy to see from much of the south of the city. The company’s origins date to 1774 and is the oldest beer brewery in Canada. In 2016 it became the world’s third largest brewer.
The McAuslan Brewery produces the popular St-Ambroise and Griffon brands. It opened in 1989 in the hip St-Henri district. You can enjoy beers on the terrace in summertime. All year round, you can go to the Annexe, which is more like a traditional pub. They also run brewery tours where you can find out all about how the beers are made.
Les 3 Brasseurs began 100 years ago in France, where three brewers decided to brew their own beer for their guests. Now a successful chain, there are several in Montreal, where you can get a hearty pub meal as well as a huge choice of in-house, local, and imported beers.
BREWPUBS AND BEER BARS
BBLSG (Bistro-Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises) offers unique, flavourful beers and “smokehouse” style food, based in a former convent. It’s a great place to settle down to try interesting tastes in an elegant but hospitable setting. Brutopia is popular with students and features a range of speciality beers. True to its name, it offers a huge range of beers on tap, with lots of promotions and special offers.
Pub BrewSkey is a jolly pub in the Old Port which offers a good range of speciality beers. They have special offers between 4pm and 7pm each evening. There are different promotions on different days of the week – whiskey and beer pairings, cask nights, infused beer nights.
Birreria Itali is a trendy Italian pub with an impressive number of imported beers on tap. It also specializes in Mediterranean cuisine.
Although a little way from the city centre, in Laurier, many beer aficionados rave about Dieu du ciel (God of The Sky). It is a craft brewery that has been a favourite of Montrealers for some 20 years. Dieu du ciel is a great place to get away from the tourist crowds and experience drinking like a local.
For real enthusiasts, there are even two companies offering craft beer tours of the city. Montreal Craft Beer tours provide a tour of the Entertainment district for groups or special events. The offer a tour on Sundays of Rosemont’s neighborhood breweries which is open to individuals. Broue-tours offer a tour of the best places in and around the Old Port. They begin at the BBLSG, offer 8 beer tastings and one whiskey, as well as speciality cheese tastings and other treats. The tour lasts 3 hours with a guide who tells you all about the history of brewing in the city.
We hope you get a chance to explore the city’s brewery landscape while you’re here on your corporate stays. They make for places to hangout with colleagues and clients after long days of work!