The Winter beerfest
The 8th edition of the Winter Beerfest, coming up on February 1 and 2 at the Canadian Museum of History as part of Winterlude, will showcase even more beers from Quebec and Ontario. Besides the 150-odd beers offered, there are some significant new features this winter. The new L’Autre oeil Zone will offer a larger selection of imported beers this winter. Beer enthusiasts will be invited to sample exclusive products and meet beerologists and specialists such as Martine Boily (of Bistro L’Autre Oeil) and Philippe Wouters. To everyone’s delight, the 2019 lineup will include several distilleries. Though the Winter Beerfest remains first and foremost a brewing event, the addition of spirits will allow festivalgoers to discover a whole other universe. The very popular outdoor and indoor areas will be enhanced this winter: bonfire, yurt, live singer, hot cider and sliding will ward off the chill. Indoors, there will be several impressive new features, including a speakeasy, a hidden and secret place that only the shrewdest patrons will find. Back by popular demand are workshops on such classic topics as pairing beer and oysters and beer and donuts. The foodies in the crowd will be happy to know that this winter’s culinary offer will be more diverse. Thanks to Le Rituel and Les Vilains Garçons, amongst others, some truly delectable fare will be added to the menu.