St-Ambroise Has A Great New Lager For Oktoberfest


You are going to want to make your way out to the St-Ambroise terrace this weekend for Oktoberfest. McAuslan’s first annual event celebrating the end of summer with live music, traditional German food and their first ever lager. The festivities start today at 6:00pm and continue until Saturday at midnight. Rain or shine, the St-Ambroise terrace will be the place to party outside this weekend.

Thursday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday, 6:00pm – Midnight
Saturday, 4:00pm – Midnight

Exclusively this weekend, St-Ambroise will be pouring their very first Oktoberfest Lager in litre steins for $9. This will be the only time this year that you will have the opportunity to try it. I had a chance to taste it earlier this week and it is not to be missed.

This will be the first lager that McAuslan has produced under their brand and it’s exclusive to the event. There are no plans to bottle it and once the weekend is over it will get cellared over the winter. The brewers at McAuslan have made every attempt to brew an authentic German Märzen lager. Märzen is a traditional Bavarian lager which is normally brewed around March. A dark brown, full bodied and bitter style that would be cellared and lagered during the summer. The remaining bottles served at the Oktoberfest. The style lends itself to higher alcohol content and a a lot of hops used to preserve the beer.

IMG_2057_medMcAuslan Oktoberfest Lager
SRM: 8.7
IBU: 18-20.5
Malts: Pale, Munich-2 and Chocolate
Hops: Noble Hallertauer, Saaz
Alc/vol: Around 6%

I had one of the first pulls off the keg on Tuesday and this beer pours a beautifully clear, light amber. With about a 2 finger rocky white cap. There is a bit of carbonation flowing off the bottom of the stein and the lacing is great. As the head slowly dissipates a centimeter or two remains.

While it was a bit difficult to get the full aroma on the terrace, what I could make out were lots of bready malts.

This is a smooth beer, a very clean mouthfeel and reserved carbonation. Which allows the sweet bready malts to shine in the middle. The hops begin to show at the end, with a mellow hop bite. Spicy, slightly peppery and very earthy dry finish.

Overall, this is a beer that is going to knock a lot of people onto their asses. It’s a very easy drinking beer with a pretty high alcohol content, around 6%. The brewers did a good job recreating the style and it was a treat to get to drink this fresh, behind the brewery, on a beautiful October day.


The St-Ambroise terrace is located at 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC. The event is free and Litre steins of the Oktoberfest Lager are priced at $9. As well, there will be a meal provided for $10 which consists of knackwurst sausage, traditional German potato salad and Sauerkraut. Fresh hot pretzels will also be available with beer mustard from Bretzel & Compagnie. There will be two live bands over the weekend, The Wanderers and the Happy Bavarians.


Ein prosit!

St-Ambroise Oktoberfest

shot_09302013_25035_pmOktoberfest is coming to Montreal. This weekend St-Ambroise is celebrating their first Oktoberfest event on the St-Ambroise terrace. There will be music and traditional Bavarian food to be had. Most exciting of all, they will be serving their first ever lager in 1L steins.

Free entrance over three days this week. Rain or shine under a big tent.

Thursday, October 3rd from 6pm – 10pm
Friday, October 4th from 6pm – 12am
Saturday, October 5th from 4pm – 12am

The Wanderers and the Happy Bavarians will be performing.

I should be there on Friday celebrating before Beau’s Oktoberfest.

St-Ambroise IPA Launch

Hear ye, hear ye. It looks like the weather will be nice today in Montreal. The perfect opportunity to go down to the St-Ambroise terrace and drink some of their IPA at the official launch. While there you can also enjoy another another Lachine staple, the Grumman 78 truck will be there serving tacos.

India Pale Ales were brewed in 19th century England. In order to endure the long sea travel in clipper ships across the equator to India, English IPA’s were high in alcohol and brewed with plenty of hops. The hops provided a spicy bitterness balancing the malt and maintaining the quality of the ale through the natural antibacterial properties of hops. McAuslan has brewed a classic IPA using a blend of pale and specialty malts giving the beer a New World twist.

I’ve had the St-Ambroise IPA last year and I really enjoyed it. It’s a perfect introductory IPA and perfect for the weather today (hot and cloudy).

The launch is a 5 à 7 at the terrace @ 5080 St-Ambroise street. Normally the terrace is open until 11pm and at the launch the beer is usually a special price of $4 a pint, but I’m not too sure if that is the case this time around.

Special McAuslan Glass Available Now

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.

St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale Launch Tonight

McAuslan’s limited-edition Raspberry Ale is back just in time for summer. The beer will be available in select stores this week and the launch event will be at their terrace this afternoon at 5pm where the ruby red beer will be on tap.

St-Ambroise Framboise is ruby red in colour and brewed with real raspberries and choice hops. This 5% alcohol by volume beer won Silver at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards.
“This is a refreshing summertime beer – emphasis on the word “beer”. We brew Raspberry Ale only once a year and when it’s gone, it’s gone” says Peter McAuslan, Founder and President of McAuslan Brewing. “Brewing specialty ales for our consumers’ enjoyment is important to us, and is our way of thanking those who enjoy our beers.”

A four-pack will cost you about $9.99 and it is worth it. This is a great refreshing summer beer. The balance between hops and raspberry is perfect in this beer and it is easily one of my favourite summer fruit beers. It is available at select stores and you can view the list at You can visit tonight, May 16th and 5pm behind McAuslan Brewing (5080 St-Ambroise, Montreal) on their terrace for the launch.

About McAuslan Brewing
Established in 1988, and located in St. Henri along the banks of the Lachine Canal, McAuslan’s year-round offerings include: St. Ambroise Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Apricot Wheat Ale, Cream Ale, and Griffon Extra Pale Ale and Red Ale. In June 2011, St-Ambroise Pale Ale and Griffon Extra Pale Ale were awarded the top place in their respective categories by consumer report magazine, Protegez-Vous.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Cake

A lot of recipes lately. There is nothing like the mixture of beer and food and drinking a beer with beer made with food. This one popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. This is a recipe closer to home in Montreal. A chocolate cake made with St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Probably one of my favourite stouts. Oatmeal Stout is intensely black and creamy with an amazing chocolate and espresso taste. The perfect addition to a chocolate cake.


  • 2 cups of St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
  • 2 cups of non-salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups of sour cream
  • 2 cups of cherry pie filling
  • 1 can of cake frosting
  • Preparation

    Preaheat oven to 350°F. Butter four,8-inch round cake pans. Heat beer and 2 cups of butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the cocoa and whisk until the mixture is smooth.Cool to room temperature.

    Mix flour, sugar, baking soda andsalt in large bowl. Beat eggs andsour cream in a separate bowl. Add cocoa and beer mixture to egg andsour cream and beat. Add flour mixture and stir until well blended.Pour into cake pans and bake for 35 minutes.

    Take each cake and add frosting and cherry filling on top. Stackcakes one on top of the other, covering them with your favorite frosting.

    Gâteau au chocolat à la stout from Extra Caramel on Vimeo.