ALL OVER QUEBEC — Some 23 craft breweries around the province would like to remind people to go vote in the upcoming federal election on October 21. Spearheaded by Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel, numerous breweries and beer bars in Montreal and beyond have renamed a beer as “Moi J’Vote” in the lead-up to polling day. Those include Boswell, Saint-Houblon, La Succursale, and Brouhaha. Per Métro, the campaign is aimed at voters aged 18 to 38 — a large proportion of those breweries’ clientele, but also a demographic that tend to turn up the polls less than older voters. The Moi J’Vote beers vary from brewery to brewery — for the record if you order it at Dieu du Ciel, you’ll get a crisp 5.1 percent kolsch-style ale.
SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — Exceedingly popular Ste-Catherine Street izakaya Kazu is getting new, bigger digs; big news given that the restaurant often has a line-up out of its door. It’s not going far — it’s moving a few doors down from 1862 to 1844 Ste-Catherine W, and will be closed for a little over two weeks for the move. The final day at the current location is Monday, October 21, with the fresh new locale opening November 7 for dinner and November 14 for lunch.
PETITE-PATRIE — The people behind gin and beer tasting event La Cuvée have something new in the works — an event focused on rarities and very-small-batch brews named Coup de Foudre will debut November 1 at Ausgang Plaza on St-Hubert Street. Expect novelties like a tequila imperial pilsner from Gaspé Peninsula brewery Le Naufrageur, and a bourbon barrel-brewed stout from Dunham, as well as a gin made with native herbs from the Gaspésie, courtesy of La Société Secrète. Tickets are $25.
OLD MONTREAL — Thought that terrasse season was done? Not at boutique hotel William Gray — the St-Vincent Street hotel would like you to know that its rooftop has been decked out with heaters and blankets and will be open from the late morning through late evening until early November, serving brunch, lunch, dinner, and 5 à 7 drinks, with some solid views. The menu has also been rejigged to give off some extra fall vibes.