The fantastic world of Montreal's brasseries
To continue the (now lame) tradition of articles with lists of things and information on these things, I thought it will be time to share my favorite brewpubs with the world. A "brewpub" is an ugly word for saying a pub or bar that brews their own beer. I seriously rather say the drawn-out "let's go to a pub that has its own beer" than be caught telling my friends “let's hit that brewpub”. In French we have a much better word for that: "une brasserie".
Here are my favorite Montreal brasseries, in no particular order.
Dieu du Ciel
We've been going there for ever. It's in the Mile-End, surrounded by not much else in bar or nightlife choice, and it's small and somewhat cozy for a room full of tables and wood chairs, not sure why. But I love seeing the huge copper beer vats and choosing from the list of experimental beers they brew themselves. The only downer is that this place is so popular now that it is often packed to capacity. Still, Dieu du Ciel is comfortably sitting amongst the top of brasseries in Montreal.
You can't ignore this Crescent street veteran: while the whole street is stuck in a warp of old-school pubs and new-school nightlife failures (did somebody say Newtown), Brutopia has dared innovating by brewing its own beer and providing a stage for less-professionally oriented local outfits to cut their teeth in. Good staff, small terrasse in the back and Raspberry-Blonde beer make Brutopia a pleasant destination.
Benelux is amazing for the way they've used their space: on the street level of one of the ugliest apartment building sin Montreal, the large space features original sitting arrangements with high-tables. Their food menu is very limited, but the Eurodog is a definite success, one of the best dogs in town. And obviously their home-brewed beers are very good. Combine all this with the fact that they have a huge outside street-terrasse, perfect for spending the summer afternoon at, and you have a winning combination.
Le Saint-Bock is a brasserie with look and style. More design work has gone into making this trendy watering hole than in other brasseries in Montreal. To make le Saint-Bock even more original, the bar sells a crazy amount of foreign bottled beers; you can basically beer-travel around the world a couple of times without moving from your chair on St-Denis street. And as if that wasn't enough, the food meny is huge and amazingly tasty.
L'Amere a Boire
Located a little north from le Saint-Bock on St-Denis, L'Amere a boire on the other hand is not so pretencios, and is betting everything they have on their home-brewed beers. And it's a good bet they are making, because the beers are simply amazing. Inspired from traditional European recipes (so no Raspberry-Blondes there), you can taste some real Czech, English and German ales there.
Brasseurs de Montreal (1483 rue Ottawa)
I've never been to Brasseurs de Montreal yet, but I've had their beers at other occasions, and I liked them. The good thing about Brasseurs de Montreal is that they are located in the bottom part of Guy street, near the Canal Lachine in the South-West borough, where I live and where a lot of cool shit has been happening lately (anyone visited Fait-Ici yet?). Stay tuned for a review soon to come, as early as one of our slaving intern rolls over to visit Brasseurs de Montreal.
Hopefully this short article will allow you to expand your beer palette. If we've forgotten any amazing place, don't hesitate to write a line or two about it in the comments section bellow.
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