A new craft brewery has touched down in the Sud-Ouest, as Messorem Bracitorium has swung into action alongside the Lachine Canal.
It’s located on Pitt and St-Patrick, right across the canal from St-Henri.
A group of three owners — Marc-André Fillion, Vincent Ménard, and Sébastien Chaput — are behind it. Those friends are beer aficionados, with Ménard bringing technical skills with a brewing degree, and experience at popular craft brewery Auval and Brossard’s Trois Mousquetaires.
The name translates (from Latin) to “the Grim Reaper’s brewery” — but despite the dark, brooding implications from that name they’re not confining themselves to, say, hardcore stouts, or any other singular brew style (in any case, don’t expect grim, deathly vibes ‚ the brewery’s unofficial tag-line appears to be the rather cheery “ok salut!”.
With plans to brew some 30 beers in the first year, Messorem Bracitorium is promising a range of options from hoppy beers to sours and barrel-brewed options, according to Bières et Plaisirs.
The brewery has been unveiling new beers on Instagram on a weekly basis. In the opening weeks, dry hopped and double dry hopped beers have featured prominently, in both IPA and pale ale formats, including a 7.2% double dry hopped sour IPA.
The brewery is open to the public, complete with a taproom and terrasse (featuring some sharp design work from the Gauley Brothers), and tacos from St-Henri’s Grumman’78. It has stuck to weekend hours only in its opening weeks — take-home tall cans are also available, and have been selling out — get in early if you can.
STATUS — Messorem Bracitorium is open at 2233 Pitt (corner St-Patrick) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. — check the brewery’s social media for hours in future weeks.