A 6,000 square-foot craft brewery and restaurant will open on the border of Parc-Ex, Mile-Ex, Little Italy and Villeray sometime in October.
Brasserie Harricana is an homage to a bygone tavern in Amos, Quebec, that fell victim to a massive inferno in 2013. Marie-Pier Veilleux, a principal in the reborn microbrewery, grew up in the original Brasserie Harricana in Abitibi, which her family founded in 1975 and operated for twelve years.
Master brewer Mathieu Garceau-Tremblay explains that the partners chose to open on Jean-Talon Ouest partly because they live in the area. The space will allow for considerable production on-site, courtesy Garceau-Tremblay, who will partner with a microbiologist in what he calls "a very scientific approach." Of Brasserie Harricana's 41 beer taps, ten will be house labels. The balance will come from the rest of the province, with taps for bourbons, digestive bitters and ciders as well. The brewery will employ the cult-like Flux Capacitor system.
Garceau-Tremblay will also put his background in herbalism to good use. The brewery will offer complimentary sparkling water with a range of fruit and herb-based syrups. Food-wise, the menu will harken back to old Québécois recipes from the original tavern's heyday. With that in mind, Veilleux's mother will oversee the kitchen in a sort of executive chef role.