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A New East End Microbrewery Is Open in a Former Bingo Hall

Bingo Hochelaga has had quite the makeover, and plenty of craft beer, too.

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Hochelaga has a new beer destination, as microbreweries Avant-Garde and Bières Jukebox have opened a taproom.

It takes over the former Hochelaga Bingo space on Hochelaga (“La salle de bingo la plus HOT en ville!”), which closed in early 2018. The bingo may no longer be hot, but the beers likely will be. Avant-Garde will be pouring their own brews, which lean towards ales — a British brown ale, a Triple Belgian, and an American farmhouse ale, to name a few. Avant-Garde also offer a coconut imperial porter, rye saison, and a bitter.

While Avant-Garde initially planned to open up its doors alone in the rather large space, it seems that brewery has joined with a second microbrewery, Bières Jukebox, who are operating in tandem with Avant-Garde out of the same space. With a number of beers named for music genres, Jukebox is doing a number of IPAs — milkshake, New England, American — as well as

The taproom will fit over 200, in a warehouse-type space with high ceilings, and will open day and night, closing around 1 a.m.

STATUS — Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs and Bières Jukebox are open at 5500 Hochelaga.

Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

5500 Rue Hochelaga, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, QC H1N 3L7 (514) 543-5665 Visit Website