The Quebecois are no amateurs when it comes to passionately striving towards independence… from sobriety. And Montreal's booming craft brew scene is no stranger to helping their noble pursuit, so we've put together a short crawl of the very greatest beer-making spots in the city.
1. La Terasse St. Ambroise 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise
Start your crawl off by day-drinking at La Terasse St. Ambroise. Sip on one of their six year-round ales, or sample one of their seasonal brews, and take in the picturesque view of the Lachine Canal while you're sober enough to appreciate a thing like that.
2. Brutopia 1219 Crescent St
Now, take a short jaunt to Montreal's first ever brewpub (dating back to '86), Brutopia, before 8pm to take advantage of their $5 happy hour. With eight house-brews on tap, it won't be too hard to get pretty hoppy on the cheap.
3. Le Cheval Blanc 809 Rue Ontario Est
It's important to hit up Le Cheval Blanc before things get too sloppy, because ordering from their menu of more than 20 handpicked international beers and eight of their own ales gets a little complicated when you're slurring your words.
4. Dieu du Ciel 29 Avenue Laurier West
Having brewed literally hundreds of beers in their time, the French-Canadian beer gods of Dieu du Ciel will make at least 15 of them available on any particular day, and always include perennial faves like their crazy-popular stout Aphrodiasque, which will likely make pretty much everyone look more beautiful.
5. Vices et Versa 6631 Boulevard St. Laurent
From here, it's just a short walk to Vices et Versa, where your brew crawl will be saved from imminent black-out with these three words: pulled pork poutine. This spot isn't actually a brewery, but gets a pass thanks to the fact it has a menu that includes 33 crafts which are all from local Quebecois micros.
6. Broue Pub Brouhaha 5860 de Lorimier
You're not done yet -- jump in a taxi and use your best drunk-French to direct the cabbie to Brouhaha so you can take on their selection of self-made ales, as well as over 300 other beers.
1. La Terrasse St-Ambroise5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal
2. Brutopia1219 Rue Crescent St., Montreal
3. Le Cheval Blanc809 rue Ontario Est, Montréal
4. Dieu du Ciel!29 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montréal
5. Vices & Versa Bistro Du Terroir6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
6. Broue Pub Brouhaha5860 ave. de Lorimier, Montréal
The St-Ambroise is a large outdoor patio outside the McAuslan brewery where you can enjoy seasonal and artisan brews (while you watch them being made). The terrace also has a BBQ menu with items like the Griffon Red pulled pork sandwich, which not only highlights the flavors in your beer, it's made with them. Another great aspect of the sweeping patio is that dogs are welcome, so bring your four-legged friend and chill out under the shadow of the silos.
This three-story pub on Crescent Street offers both classic (think Nut Brown Ale) and seasonal (Maibocks, Cream Ales, and Smoked Porters) suds, many of which are brewed in-house.
This brew pub boasts an impressive menu of over 20 handpicked international beers and eight of their own ales, like their Coup de Grisou Hefeweizen.
This microbrewery and pub features beers infused with everything from hibiscus to coffee. One of the most popular brews: a creamy cocoa vanilla stout aptly named the Aphrodisiaque (ooh la la!).
VIces & Versa offers many local beers and ciders as well as local seasonal food. Wash down pub grub like pulled pork poutine and fries served with Imperial Stout-infused mayo with their 33 craft beers on tap. In the summer, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot in Montreal to soak up the sun and grab drinks with your friends. The seating is set up as long communal tables, so you can drink, eat and make new friends at the same time.