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Le Mondial de la Bière by Killa

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Who can resist so much beer?
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Montreal might not have its Oktoberfest, hell we might not even have the Formula One anymore, but that’s not stopping us from hosting the Montreal Beer Festival, a five day celebration of that God-created liquid pleasure we call beer.

But lets put the record straight from the beginning: when I say beer I don’t mean Coors or Bud light, I don’t mean Labatt Blue, Labatt 50 or any other bottled piss that some people call beer. To be honest with you even Heineken barely passes the test of being a beer vs being piss.

So if you’re a fan of the things called Coors, Bud or any other Light, then you’ve actually landed at the right place, because the first thing you need to do is read this virulent article and the second thing is to head straight to the Montreal Beer Fest (officially titled "Mondial de la Bière", in town only until Sunday the 7th), where your taste buds will discover what real beer is.

Because real beer is usually found in the barrels of the small local producers, the so-called "micro-breweries"; you will find these labourers of love at their respective kiosks at the Mondial de la Bière, and you’ll be able to taste their tasty beverages. The artists include Benelux and Brutopia (which are also both bars), Micro-Brasserie Le Trou Du Diable, Brasserie Artisanale Le Saint-Bock (which is also a bar), the now-huge Unibroue and many other troopers of the trade.

Montreal isn’t Munich, so don’t expect all the excitement, sausages and Weiss beer of the Oktoberfest, but that’s the closest you’ll come to it in Montreal; and the sausages served at the Mondial de la Bière are solidly holding their ground.

However, nothing beats hitting the Mondial de la Bière on Friday, right at the end of work-day, and enjoying a wiener or two and a dozen or two of beers samples, in the sunny and lively courtyard of the Windsor Station.

A strongly recommended treatment for the week’s stress.

But don’t forget: don’t drink and drive, cause then you’re just a dangerous fool.

PS: Talking about danger and the Oktoberfest, I discovered the website of this organisation (Sichere Wiesn) that works to make the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich safe to women through sexual assault prevention, an amazing initiative which I highly praise.

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