Montreal boasts a reasonably extensive selection of brewpubs to pick from, but new operations aren’t entirely common either. That in part explains why the western side of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, and the city at large, has welcomed the arrival of Microbrasserie À la Fût’s newest location with open arms last week. Following an announcement made via a detailed blog post on the business’ website back in January, the new business made quick work of the space where local watering hole Boîte à Marius once stood.
After a decade of slinging suds in the town of Saint-Tite, the site of the much-loved Festival Western de Saint-Tite, this microbrewery aims to transplant a hearty slice of its cowboy kitsch and the beer it brews to Montreal’s eastern neighbourhood as a 160-seater with a terrasse that will seat an additional 60 spots. The business comes from a collaboration between the original microbrewery and members from LAB Comptoir à Cocktails, Fabien Maillard, Gabrielle F. Panaccio and Gabriel Ranger Touzin.
In addition to the 40 varieties of brew it will be delivering from its home base in central Quebec—including selections that range from run-of-the-mill blondes and IPAs to craftier options like oak-aged batches—À la Fût is also offering cocktails from its partner, and much of its original location’s menu. Snacks such as rabbit pogos and fried cheese curds, cutely named ‘gold nuggets’, are available alongside heartier plates of plainspoken pub grub like trout and chips, stacked burgers, tartares, and sandwiches.
Time will tell how this new attraction will fare: À la Fût joins a growing roster of western-themed bars in the city, from raucous Bar Chez Serge and its mechanical bull to the cozier climate of the downtown pub Pistolero. Other options such as Jersey’s Saloon have either closed or been rebranded entirely. However, with its connections to Quebec’s mecca for cowboy culture, it’s good odds for À la Fût in this rodeo. Have a look.
STATUS — Hours currently run from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays to Wednesdays, and 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays.