10 Outaouais destinations for craft beer lovers

Published on March 8 2019

Foodies are spoiled in the Outaouais, with its wide range of restaurants and its lively bar scene! But what about craft beer lovers? With 7 microbreweries, a brewpub, two stores specializing in Quebec beers, and a microdistillery, the Outaouais has lots to offer beer lovers as well.


Outaouais Microbreweries

Les Brasseurs de Montebello

485 Notre-Dame Street, Montebello

At the Brasseurs de Montebello, every beer has a story linked to important people and events in the region’s history. While you’re there, ask president and master brewer Alain Larivière to tell you a few of those tales and legends! Besides discovering the Brasseurs’ product line, you’ll learn about the history of Montebello.


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Brasserie du Bas-Canada

455 De la Gappe Blvd., Unit 103, Gatineau

Meet a team of passionate and dynamic artisans specializing in original, top-quality craft beers! Whether you’re here for dinner, happy hour or an evening with friends, take a seat in their establishment and sample their products, along with tapas prepared by Les Vilains Garçons restaurant.


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Les Brasseurs du Temps

170 Montcalm Street, Gatineau

Outstanding food, live entertainment, a brewing museum, and beer brewed on site: no wonder Les Brasseurs du Temps is such a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Stop by the boutique and pick up a beer (or several) to take home!


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Gainsbourg Bistro-Brewery

9 Aubry Street, Gatineau

Located in the heart of Vieux-Hull, the Gainsbourg—a perfect combination of bistro and microbrewery—has quickly become popular with beer lovers visiting this historic neighbourhood. Enjoy craft beers from across Quebec, as well as a selection of top-quality “house beers” brewed on site.


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Brasserie artisanale Gallicus

670 Auguste-Mondoux Street, Gatineau

The Gallicus craft brewery is the latest addition to the Outaouais’ roster of microbreweries! The focus here is on experimentation and local products. Future plans include environmental initiatives and possibly a food offering for those who like to combine good food and responsible drinking.


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L’Ancienne Banque

76 Saint-Jacques Street, Chapeau

A new restaurant on L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, L’Ancienne Banque has quickly won the hearts of beer lovers. One of the reasons behind this great success? Definitely the fact that it brews its own beers using local hops. It also presents live shows by local musicians!


Brauwerk Hoffman

1298 Route 148, Campbell’s Bay

A new microbrewery has recently sprung up in the Outaouais, on 9.5 acres just off Route 148. Specializing in German-style beers, Brauwerk Hoffman plans to plant a hop field right on the property. You’re invited to visit the tasting room and shop, where you can buy the brewery’s canned beer and related products.


Craft Beer Specialty Stores

Bistro L’Autre Œil

152 Principale Street, Gatineau

A veritable temple of beer: it’s in the Outaouais—more specifically, in the heart of the Aylmer sector—that you’ll find Quebec’s ultimate beer destination! Established in 1998, this family business stands out for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere, but especially for its 350 or so brewing products from around the world. An evening at Bistro L’Autre Œil is like a trip around the world in just a few hours, transported by a selection of the finest beers.


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Broue Ha Ha

867 Saint-René Blvd. W., Gatineau

For a selection of the best craft beers produced in Quebec, go to the Broue Ha Ha boutique! The superb range of Quebec-brewed beers, coupled with a great selection of complementary products, make it THE place to buy beer in the Outaouais.

And if you’re interested in holding a beer tasting at the office or at home, Broue Ha Ha can make that happen.


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Le Brasse-Camarade – Dépanneur spécialisé

71 Principale Street, Saint-André-Avellin

The Petite-Nation has had its own craft beer specialty store for a few years now. In the heart of the charming village of Saint-André-Avellin, you’ll find a truly impressive selection, with new products arriving regularly! While you’re there, be sure to browse the fine food section offering a delectable array of Outaouais-made sausages, pâtés, cheeses, marinades, chocolate, coffee and other delights.


Bonus: an artisanal microdistillery

Artist in Residence Distillerie

243 Bombardier Street, Gatineau

Just because you love craft beer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy spirits from time to time. Artist in Residence is not only the very first microdistillery in the Outaouais, but it also has one of the largest artisanal production capacities in the country.

Besides not being afraid to experiment, the AiR Distillerie team like to defy convention and explore new possibilities. That approach has paid off with Waxwing (a bohemian gin), Vodkalight (the first light vodka in Canada), and their latest creation, Kilinger Rye (a white whisky 100% sourced in Quebec).


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Winter or summer, if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a drink, downtown Gatineau is the place to be!

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