Drink Local: the best beers in the Outaouais

Published on April 9 2021

From Petite Nation to the Pontiac, we invite you to discover the microbreweries that make the Outaouais shine. Some have been part of the landscape for a long time, while others are more recent arrivals. The industry is booming, showcasing the know-how, passion and good taste of the regions residents. Enjoy the Outaouais with a cold beer in hand! 

Gatineau: the mother lode!


À la dérive

Gatineau has the regions highest concentration of microbreweries. Head to Jacques-Cartier Street to discover Àla dérive, a brewery opened in 2019. The concept behind it? Creating quality craft beers with local ingredients, and minimizing the breweryecological footprint (the enterprise discards less than 120 litres of waste every two weeks!). Gourmet cuisine and beers inspired by northern botanicals await you on the banks of the Ottawa River. 

Where

1015 Jacques-Cartier Street, Gatineau

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Brasseurs du Temps

In Old Hull, the Brasseurs du Temps, colloquially known as BDT, is a monument: part beer museum, part pub and part brewery. This is the place to discover the secrets of hops. On the menu, ask for theClock to sample12 different beers, and enjoy the huge sunny patio! 

Where

170 Montcalm Street, Gatineau

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Brasserie du Bas-Canada

Proudly independent, the Brasserie du Bas-Canada creates highly popular craft beers, all brewed on site and available for sampling in the tasting room. Adelight for the taste buds, the various IPAs1 and stouts will also delight your eyes with their colourful labels. An absolute must: their food menu from a partner restaurant! 

Where

455 De la Gappe Blvd., Unit 103, Gatineau

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5e Baron

A little further west, in the Aylmer sector, things are just as effervescent! The 5eBaron (fifth baron), a brewery founded by three young entrepreneurs from the neighbourhood, poured its first beers in the spring of 2020. With its sunny patio and locally sourced menu, its already become a favourite destination for beer lovers. Anod to history: The breweryname refers to Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, fifth Baron of Aylmer and former governor general of British North America (in 1830). 

Where

55 Principale Street, Gatineau

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Brasserie artisanale Gallicus

Opened in 2019 in the Plateau neighbourhoodthe Brasserie artisanale Gallicus offers quality beers with a focus on IPA, seasonally-inspired beers, and mixed fermentation beers. To be enjoyed on site or to go, in cans or bottles—anything is possible!  

Where

670 Auguste Mondoux Street, Unit 4, Gatineau

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Perfect pairings in Petite Nation


Brasseurs de Montebello

As local epicures will tell you, the Brasseurs de Montebello have been brightening up Petite Nation for several years. The microbrewery and pub stands out for its quality beers, but especially for its sublime pairings with cheese and chocolate from local artisansand now with Japanese-inspired dishes! We love the pubs friendly atmosphere, and the charming village of Montebello. 

Where

485 Notre-Dame Street, Montebello

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A self-guided tour in the Pontiac

Brauwerk Hoffman

Follow the Tap & Cork tour route through the Pontiac to discover the best German-inspired beers: the Brauwerk Hoffman microbrewery in Campbells Bay uses only water, yeast, hops and malted grain as basic ingredients! In season, sauerkraut, sausages and pretzels are the perfect accompaniment to a local lager or ale. 

Where

128 Highway 148, Campbell’s Bay

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Old Bank Brewing Company

A little further west, on Isle-aux-Allumettes, the Old Bank Brewing Company is both a microbrewery and a restaurant (LAncienne Banque). In a building that once belonged to the Bank of Montreal, a wide variety of beers are brewed. Favourites include Hypotheque Ale, Oiseau Rock Stout, Hayes72 Kolsch, and SSPontiac Session IPA served with an orange slice. The hops come from the Lupuline Hop Yard on Isle-aux-Allumettes. 

Where

76 Saint-Jacques Street, Chapeau

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Where to stock up


But where can you find all your favourite beers in one place? In Gatineau, BroueHaHa specializes in Quebec craft beers. You can also stock up at LeMarché, a small grocery store with over 500 microbrewery beers, open 365days a year. In Aylmer, the Rapido Corner Store is worth a visit: the giant of beer offers hundreds of Quebec microbrewery beers, popular brewery beer products and a wide variety of imported beers. In Petite Nation, a stop at Brasse-Camarade is a must, in the pretty village of Saint-André-Avellin. This convenience store specializing in microbrewery beers also stocks sausages, cheeses, chocolate, coffee and other local delicacies. Finally, add your favourite hop-based beverages to your local basket from the Outaouais Market co-op! 

The prospect of a sunny patio or a drink in good company makes you all dreamy-eyed, doesnt it? Psssssssst! This summer, dont miss the 10thanniversary edition of the Gatineau Beerfest. No matter what form the event takes this year, our brewers effervescence and creativity will be on display. Will you be there? 

Without a doubt, beer and food are good reasons to travel. Let yourself be tempted by Petite Nation and its 52 epicurean stops: foodies will be delighted! 

A little reminder: Moderation is always in good taste, and a designated driver is required. 

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