Montrealers can be proud of many things. Its breweries certainly rate highly on the list. If you had to choose the brewery you were most proud of here in Montreal, which would it be. It’s a tough choice.
You could go for the oldest brewery in Canada. That was founded by John Molson on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal in 1786. In a January 18 letter to an English relative, John Molson wrote: “My beer has been universally well-liked beyond my most sanguine expectations.” The modern version of the Molson brewery is still to be found at 1500, rue Notre-Dame Est. Molson is one of Canada’s oldest consumer brand names and North America’s oldest beer brand.
Since then the city has seen many other brewers set up shop. One of the most successful has been Peter McAuslan. McAuslan Brewing began operations in January of 1989 and is now located at 5080 St-Ambroise Street in Montreal’s St-Henri district. It bills itself deservedly as Quebec’s foremost microbrewery.
There are several places where you can find a list of the many microbreweries in Montr?al. Two of the more complete are the Canadian Beer Index’s list of Microbreweries in Quebec and the best beer places in Montreal. You can also find there the names of some that have not survived, since this is a tough marketplace.
The Montreal Gazette tells us today of one that seems likely to be a real success. That’s Bierbrier Brewing Inc., an independent brewery situated in the heart of downtown Montreal at 370 Guy Street, G9. The brewery seems to be making a name for itself among Montreal beer aficionados. It was founded by Charles Bierbrier, whose last name fittingly means ?brewer of beer’.
According to the website, the beer label demonstrates the tradition of Bierbrier, reinvented in the city where it is now brewed. A contemporary beer symbolizing Montrealers of today: urban, spirited, authentic and plugged in to the world around us. One part of Charles Bierbrier’s mission is to create a brewery that Montrealers can be proud of. Three-and-a-half years into the venture, the operation is bursting at the seams and Bierbrier says his plan is to expand into adjacent space. It seems to be a fitting candidate for Montreal’s pride.
For information on interesting Montreal places to visit, see
Frommer’s Montreal & Quebec City 2009 Guide (Frommer’s Complete)
Montreal & Quebec City For Dummies (Dummies Travel)