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...