Yesterday at the Montreal Beer Fest, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company announced that they will be distributing to Quebec in February 2015. This is good news if you enjoy Beau’s beer but find it hard to make it across the border. Earlier this year, they began distributing to New York.
— Beau's Brewery (@beausallnatural) June 12, 2014
Today is IPA day, an opportunity for beer enthusiasts to raise a glass and toast one of most iconic styles, the India pale ale. An opportunity for craft beer drinkers, brewers and brewpub owners to celebrate and share the love for craft beer with everyone. American IPA is one of the more prominent beer styles available and probably one of the easily accessible craft beer styles. Full of flavour and thirst quenching freshness.
Today is an opportunity to share your love of craft beer with someone you know and enjoy a nice tall bitter glass full of hoppy deliciousness.
There are many brewpubs in Montreal who always have IPA on tap, you can practically find it everywhere, but there are two places in Montreal tonight where you can celebrate hops in a big way.
At Pub Brouhaha starting at 3:00pm they will have 17 different Quebec IPA’s available on tap and on cask. They even have a Randall set up:
Siboire – InsPirAtion
Brasserie Dieu du ciel – Moralité
Brasserie Dunham – Double Dose
Brasserie Dieu du ciel – Mea Culpa
Brasseurs du Monde – Houblonnière
Broue Pub Brouhaha – Tribale IPA 0.2
Broue Pub Brouhaha – Fleur du Diable
microbrasserie le Naufrageur – Bienfaisant
Les Brasseurs du Temps – Diable au Corps
Noire Blanche Microbrasserie – Contre-Verse
Microbrasserie À la Fût – Ruine-Papille Blonde
Microbrasserie À la Fût – Ruine-Papille Rousse
Microbrasserie du Lac-St-Jean – Houblon Libre
Micro-brasserie Le Trou du diable – Dubaï Pillée
Microbrasserie ‘Le Castor’ Brewing Co. – Yakima
Microbrasserie de l’Île d’Orléans – Jospeh Bellarmin
MicroBrasserie Charlevoix – Vache Folle 2IPA Palissade
Boquébière Microbrasserie de Sherbrooke – Hopkins IPA
Les Trois Mousquetaires microbrasseurs – Hopfenweisse CASK (Dryhop Amarillo + Chinook)
Journée de la IPA au Brouhaha – Fleur du Diable RANDALL (Écorces d’oranges confites, nectarines grillées, houblon Comet)
At Pub Benelux will have 5 of their IPA’s available on cask and tap:
Cuda (dh: Chinook) en cask@ 16h
Sabotage (dh: Simcoe) en cask@ 16h
Catapulte (dh: Citra) en cask@ 16h
Cuda (american IPA / Amarillo, Simcoe) en fût
Congo (IPA “belge” / Amarillo, Centennial) en fût
Catapulte (american IPA / Simcoe, Citra) en fût
Anniversaire 2013 (double IPA / Nelson Sauvin) en fût
Come join the conversation on our Facebook page and tell us what you plan on drinking to celebrate tonight. Also, as more events are announced I will post them as well.
The 20th anniversary of the Montreal Beer Fest is just around the corner. This year between May 29th and June 2nd the Beer Festival moves to Palais des Congrès and the exterior terrace (l’Esplanade). One of my favourite times to experience new beers and invite friends to expand their beer palate.
This year, more than 550 products will be available for tasting with more than 120 breweries exhibiting. There will be 229 new beers to try that have never exhibited at the beer festival.
The festival will be open starting Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm and the last day will be on Sunday from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Palais des Congrès is located at 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle and the terrace is located on De la Gauchetière Street between Chenneville and Côté. Admission is free and tasting coupons are $1 each (beer tastings range from 2-6 coupons normally, average around 3). You can bring your own glass for tasting (12 ounces or less) and plastic cups will also be available. Normally, the 4 ounce souvenir tasting glass is $10 but there is no mention of it on the website this year.
There is more to talk about in the coming week before the launch. Including participating restaurants and activities during the beer fest. I will do a daily trickle of information as we approach.
Lastly, during the festival I will be relaunching the website. I’ve had a lot of time to think about where to find the time and what to do with the website. I plan to do less regular updates with more in depth content. Starting on Wednesday, May 29th, I will begin to update on a regular schedule with beer tastings and reviews, craft beer information and occasional beer news.
Unibroue, a local Quebec brewery, has been awarded the World’s Best Belgian Style Witbier title at the World Beer Awards in London U.K. It was the brewery’s Blanche de Chambly which took the award. It has the distinction of being the top beer out of about 600 beers that were entered from 32 countries in a blind taste test. Blanche du Chambly is a classic wheat beer that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and third time being recognized at the World Beer Awards, winning World’s Best Spiced Wheat Beer last year and America’s best Spiced Wheat Beer in 2010.
“The fact that our creativity and brewing expertise keep being recognized”, says Sylvain Bouchard, beer sommelier at Unibroue, “after having garnered over 185 international awards for our products, such as La Fin du Monde, Quelque Chose, Terrible, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Unibroue 17 and Éphémère Apple, only reinforces our position as a leader among the world’s brewers.”