January 26–February 1: Three destinations to warm the cockles of a beer-lover’s heart
The Winter Beerfest will be in full swing on January 30 and 31, and we’re sticking to the beer theme with three suggestions to keep you “on the hop” and having #outaouaisfun. Cheers!
Les Brasseurs de Montebello: Bottling originality
Montebello is famous for the Fairmont Le Château Montebello and the Manoir Papineau national historic site. A more recent addition to the local attractions is Les Brasseurs de Montebello microbrewery, offering a range of artisan craft beers.
Here you can sample nearly three dozen beers (including several brewed in Montebello) created by Quebec’s top breweries, from traditional styles to new and creative blends—Choco-Bello, for instance, a brown ale with notes of chocolate, made with cocoa from ChocoMotive, the chocolate shop next door. (Each of Les Brasseurs de Montebello’s beers is named for a local historical event, personality, place or business!) And if you get the munchies while you’re there, just step into the pub, where you’ll enjoy a warm welcome and attentive service in a friendly, laid-back setting.
Broue Ha Ha: An amazing selection
Specializing in Quebec microbrewery beers, Broue Ha Ha boutique in Gatineau is sure to tantalize your tastebuds! You’ll be amazed by their impressive inventory of more than 300 domestic and imported beers and ciders. They also carry a selection of fine cheeses and game products (terrines, rillettes, pâtés and sausages) to complement your beverage of choice—and be sure to check out their vast array of collector glasses.
Planning a group beer shopping trip? Broue Ha Ha hosts free beer tastings every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Les Brasseurs du Temps: A popular favourite
Built on the site of the 19th-century brewery operated by Philemon Wright, founder of the City of Hull, Les Brasseurs du Temps fits right in on the shore of Brewery Creek. With its welcoming ambiance, wide product range and great food, it’s a favourite among locals and tourists alike!
Grab a pint at the brewery, then visit the brewing museum next door to discover the rich history of beer and its important role in the economy of the Outaouais region. Having trouble deciding what to order? Try the famous “Round the Clock”12-beer sampler.
While you’re in the area, lace up your skates and hit the ice on the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery Creek skating rink) before settling in to enjoy a cold one!
Several pubs and bars in the Outaouais region offer a great selection of microbrewery beers, both local and imported. Come on out and try them!