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.
If you are planning on being in Virginia in the month of August (like I plan on) then you are in luck. Virginia has dedicated the whole month of August to craft beers. There are a tonne of events happening at brew pubs and breweries located across Virginia.
There is a website at virginia.org/CraftBeer/ that shows all of these events, all of the breweries and brewpubs available.
The month long festivities will culminate in Virginia’s first ever craft beer festival, all day on the 25th of August. It is being held at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company (200 Mosbys Run Roseland, VA 22967)
I may not be able to attend many of these events the week that I am in Virginia, but there is a Dogfish Head brewpub literally MINUTES away from where I’ll be staying. So I may just enjoy my own craft brew week there.
Wednesday June 6th
Collaborations evening at Dieu du Ciel
@ Brasserie artisanale Dieu du Ciel! 29, Laurier West.
They are offering a special series of beers designed and brewed in collaboration with brewer friends from around the world as well as special Dieu du Ciel beers.
Thursday June 7th
Brew Pub Brouhaha’s 4th Aniversary
@ Brew Pub Brouhaha, 5860, de Lorimier Av
They will be offering a large list of house beers including Quebec and imported Grand crus. As well as appetizers from their smokers will be offered.
Friday June 8th
Funky Bitter Night at Cheval Blanc
@ Cheval Blanc, 809 Ontario Street East
There will be aged beers (Imperial Russion Stout Bourbon 2011, Vielle Brute 2011), several brett beers (Triple Cheval Brett) and a few other bitter beers (Petite Saison, Citra IPA, Falconer’s Flight IPA). With a surprise private importation beer list and Grand crus from other Quebec breweries.
Friday June 8th
7 gluten free beers to taste
Resto-bar Zero8, 1795 Saint Denis
$0.80 cent tasters or $4 bottles and appetizers of gluten free beers.
Saturday June 9th
Quebec-Ontario Cask Evening at Benelux
Benelux, 248 Sherbrooke Street West
Benelux is offering a historic cask evening. 10 of the best IPA’s straight from the “Ontario IPA Challenge” will meet against 10 of the best IPA’s from Quebec. All these beers will be served simultaneously by gravity from the cask. Check their Facebook Amis du Benelux for more details.
Saturday June 9th
Continue the Experience at Terrasse St-Ambroise
McAuslan Brewery, 5080 St-Ambroise Street
Come chill out on the terrace at the McAuslan Brewery. Raspberry Ale will be offered at a special price of $4 a pint! Open from Noon to Midnight.
If you are at the Montreal Beer Festival this weekend you should take a moment and stop by the McAuslan booth. They have just released a really nice tulip beer glass for $8. I also heard a bit of news that if you like them on facebook and let them know they have a small gift for you at the booth.
The fun doesn’t stop there, at 12:00pm on Saturday (June 9) they will have a special Beer Festival event where pints of their Raspberry Ale will be $4. A very good deal to enjoy the weather after a few samples at the festival.
It’s that beautiful time again when the Montreal Beer Festival rolls into town for 5 days. It begins tomorrow, Wednesday June 6th at 11am-9pm and ends Sunday June 10th. Admission is free and tasting coupons cost $1 each. Most 3-4 ounce samplers will cost around 3 to 5 tickets. So prepare to spend at least $30 on tickets if you want to sample a few beers. Also they sell a souvenir glass (and a bundle of coupons and a glass) for a reasonable price but you can save money if you bring last years or your own 12 ounce glass.
The good news is this year we have the opportunity to go as “press” and could do a bit more reviewing and writing up some of the beer news that we see instead of aimlessly drinking and getting expensive drunk. There are three beer launches that we will go to on Thursday and we will do our best to cover them here. And much more. I will update the site with a rundown of things to see and events we plan on attending starting tomorrow.