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Montreal to do this weekend - Le Mondial de la bière

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Excuse me if my typing is a bit off, but I have just returned fromLe Mondial de la bière (the World Beer Festival) in Montreal. The festival runs from now until the 5th of June (Sunday). As the website says, there are a number of booths presenting "364 products on offer at the festival site, including 150 new ones, presented from 92 breweries, distilleries and cider producers." In addition, there are a number of booths providing food.

Entrance is free. Coupons are $1.00 (Canadian) each, which can be exchanged for beer. Generally, 1 coupon buys a 4 oz. tasting of a beer. Some speciality beers go for 2 coupons. I even saw a couple where 4 oz. was 4 coupons (that better be real good beer!). In addition to just straight beer, there are a number of unusual products including chocolate and port mixed, beer and alcohol mixes, and wines.

A tasting mug can be purchased for $8.00 (Canadian) which is a nice, take-home keepsake, but is not required to sample the beers as each booth has plastic 4 oz. tasting cups.

The festival is held in Windsor Station (rue de la Gauchetière Ouest and rue Peel, Bonaventure metro station) right beside the Bell Centre.

Unfortunately, I am heading out of Montreal tomorrow, otherwise I would join any takers down there.


P.S. I have no idea why tastings are 4 oz. as opposed to 125 ml as this is Canada and all, but that's what it is...

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Did someone mention beer?

Hey Greg, sounds like fun. We, your humble neighbors to the south, have a similar festival in Denver every October, called The Great American Beer Festival. It's a competition, it's promotion, it's a way of life for some. Gold medal winning breweries parade their medals around like, well, like peacocks in the Spring.

I'd be interested to see a Festival that isn't attended so much by American breweries, because we don't always make the best beer in the world, though pomposity says we do.

4 Oz. = 118 mL
If they said 125 mL, they'd be shorting you out of 1/4 Oz. (trust me, there is no rhyme or reason when it comes to regulating's the blind leading the dumb leading the insane)

3. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Oops, I forgot....

Any recommendations among the samples?

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Lets ask Mr. Isa...he is the pro in the beer department!

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Um, uh, Anne......check the profile.......

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I am a fan of wheat beers, so I enjoyed the Borale Blanche. Borale is a Quebec operated brewery. Not sure if that would be available anywhere in the USA, but if you are up in Montreal, not a bad choice.