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18 Essential Montreal Microbreweries

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Good beer isn’t hard to find in Montreal. Since Le Cheval Blanc first broke the seal back some 30-odd years ago, the scene has become dizzyingly crowded, with brewers elbowing each other out for the best juicy NEIPA, thirst-quenching lager, or brow-scrunching sour. Those listed on this map operate their own brewing operations, on-site or elsewhere.

In for a little road trip? Here are some breweries that are worth the drive from Montreal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Brasserie Silo

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Up in Ahuntsic, this microbrewery is much more verdant and colourful than its name indicates with murals, plants, and funky decor. Silo gets creative with its eleven beers on tap, including a coconut milk porter, an oat-pepper-ginger saison and a guava IPA, but it also does a classic pilsner super well. The food menu is limited to finger food and grilled cheese.

Etoh Brasserie

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The Villeray locale across the way from Jarry metro station pours Quebec beers at their ideal temperature on draft (including tasting flights and bottles to take home), alongside bar bites in a clean and modern space. For the non-beer-lovers in the group, Etoh also does wines and ciders.

Mellön Brasserie

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Joining a crowded field of excellent breweries in La Petite Patrie, Mellön is already creating a buzz in the neighbourhood with its rotating list of seven or eight beers. You’ll usually see a couple of pale ales and lagers, a sour, maybe a kölsch, and the 80-seat taproom has a fun vibe that drew inspiration from industrial microbreweries in Toronto and Brooklyn.

Brasserie Harricana

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Harricana was the first beer bar in Montreal (and Canada) with the futuristic-style Flux Capacitor draft system, which controls each draft line’s temperature and carbonation. The bar-restaurant boasts a handful of house brews (and even sodas and kombucha), and gourmet Quebec comfort fare — and it’s open all day long from noon (though not on Sundays).

Isle de Garde

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This sleek spot with a stylish terrasse on Beaubien made a name for itself with a well-curated and constantly rotating beer list, knowledgable servers and excellent pairing dishes like a 60-day aged burger (only available on Thursdays) and lobster ravioli. They’re also huge proponents of the lagers-over-IPA movement.

Broue Pub Brouhaha (multiple locations)

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The popular Rosemont beer bar serves an extensive selection of beers, often geared to the brown or stout variety, by the bottle, plus house and guest beers on draft, as well as hefty bar fare. There’s a newer second location on Papineau, up in Ahuntsic, too.

Mabrasserie

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The unique co-op-owned Mabrasserie produces its own line of beers, plus those of its members: Isle de Garde, Boswell, Mannanova, Broue Pub Brouhaha, and Noire et Blanche. The Rosemont tasting room has a lovely picnic table terrasse, and serves 32 beers on tap (including flights). There’s also a bottle shop where you can buy bottles to go.

Dieu du Ciel

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Péché Mortel, the creamy imperial stout with coffee, never tastes better than on draft at the original, lively Laurier brewpub with its welcoming street terrasse. Creative takes, like IPAs and pale ales featuring experimental hops and style mash-ups are also frequently found on the expansive menu.

Boswell Brasserie Artisanale

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The prime focus at this Plateau spot from Nicolas Paquet, brewer Philippe St-Cyr, and Olivier Rhême, is on Quebec-made beers (all 19 beers on tap are made in-house), but they also do wine and hard liquor drinks. Hungry? Their bites are a step above your typical pub grub with fare like salmon tartare, duck breast, and seared scallops.

Pit Caribou

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Beer brewing is done with Gaspésien flair (their flagship brewery is located not far from the mighty Percé rock) at this bright Plateau pub. Expect lots of robust, hoppy flavours, and try their award-winning American Brown Ale if there’s any on hand.

Réservoir

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Réservoir has been a long-time Plateau favourite, but was given a boost when the crew from now-closed) Mile End restaurant Hôtel Herman took it over. On the beer side, expect a classic pilsner and a few IPAs as well as more playful brews like a rhubarb wheat and haskap sour.

Dispensaire Microbrasserie

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This small microbrewery with just a few brewing tanks livens up recently renovated Prince Arthur with its growing and ever-changing list of scrumptious beers on tap or by the can. Enjoy a flight or pint on their expansive new terrasse out front, or in their renovated interior either at the bar or at tables in the back.

Le Cheval Blanc

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The most dive-y spot on the list, this comfortable, dark and retro-tinged brewpub serves a solid lineup of house beers from session IPAs to stouts to its namesake Belgian white. It’s also the craft brew venue that started it all in Montreal.

Mutoïde - Microbrasserie

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This Hochelaga brewpub is home sweet home for metalheads, with a playlist dedicated to the genre. It also does great German-style ales and lagers as well as a couple IPAs. The bar just serves snacks, though they won’t mind if you order in.

L’Espace Public

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Hochelaga’s neighbourhood brewery might feel like a local classic, but their in-house brews are certainly more extravagant than what you’d expect from a typical dive bar. If you like sours, L’Espace Public brews nearly 20 different options from blueberry guava to creamsicle, as well as about 10 non-sour options including a rice lager and farmhouse IPA in the bar and in stores across the city. Keep an eye out for frequent live music shows and gallery exhibitions.

Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

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This relatively new arrival in a former bingo hall has a big list of craft beer on tap from its Fashionista New England IPA (the one with the hipster on the can) to its Mr Brown British-style brown ale. Neapolitan-inspired pizza and pasta round out the microbrewery experience.

Microbrasserie 4 Origines

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Pointe-St-Charles’ first microbrewery arrived in 2018 from a group of accomplished home brewers looking for a career change. Expect an eclectic set of beers from an English ale to apricot-tea pale ale or cappuccino stout to the patriotic Montreal State of Mind NEIPA in an industrial setting with a great canal-facing terrasse. There’s no kitchen but you can bring your own food or order in. The bottle shop is also worth a visit as they sometimes have discounted four-packs.

Messorem Bracitorium

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One of the biggest craft brewing hits to enter the scene of late is this spot in the Sud-Ouest. A mix of IPAs, sours, and boozy smoothies are the specialties here. Munchies-wise, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie’s Mitch Deli is now serving its impeccably crisp fried chicken sandwich at the brewery, and there are also crowd faves like poutine and popcorn chicken.

Brasserie Silo

Up in Ahuntsic, this microbrewery is much more verdant and colourful than its name indicates with murals, plants, and funky decor. Silo gets creative with its eleven beers on tap, including a coconut milk porter, an oat-pepper-ginger saison and a guava IPA, but it also does a classic pilsner super well. The food menu is limited to finger food and grilled cheese.

Etoh Brasserie

The Villeray locale across the way from Jarry metro station pours Quebec beers at their ideal temperature on draft (including tasting flights and bottles to take home), alongside bar bites in a clean and modern space. For the non-beer-lovers in the group, Etoh also does wines and ciders.

Mellön Brasserie

Joining a crowded field of excellent breweries in La Petite Patrie, Mellön is already creating a buzz in the neighbourhood with its rotating list of seven or eight beers. You’ll usually see a couple of pale ales and lagers, a sour, maybe a kölsch, and the 80-seat taproom has a fun vibe that drew inspiration from industrial microbreweries in Toronto and Brooklyn.

Brasserie Harricana

Harricana was the first beer bar in Montreal (and Canada) with the futuristic-style Flux Capacitor draft system, which controls each draft line’s temperature and carbonation. The bar-restaurant boasts a handful of house brews (and even sodas and kombucha), and gourmet Quebec comfort fare — and it’s open all day long from noon (though not on Sundays).

Isle de Garde

This sleek spot with a stylish terrasse on Beaubien made a name for itself with a well-curated and constantly rotating beer list, knowledgable servers and excellent pairing dishes like a 60-day aged burger (only available on Thursdays) and lobster ravioli. They’re also huge proponents of the lagers-over-IPA movement.

Broue Pub Brouhaha (multiple locations)

The popular Rosemont beer bar serves an extensive selection of beers, often geared to the brown or stout variety, by the bottle, plus house and guest beers on draft, as well as hefty bar fare. There’s a newer second location on Papineau, up in Ahuntsic, too.

Mabrasserie

The unique co-op-owned Mabrasserie produces its own line of beers, plus those of its members: Isle de Garde, Boswell, Mannanova, Broue Pub Brouhaha, and Noire et Blanche. The Rosemont tasting room has a lovely picnic table terrasse, and serves 32 beers on tap (including flights). There’s also a bottle shop where you can buy bottles to go.

Dieu du Ciel

Péché Mortel, the creamy imperial stout with coffee, never tastes better than on draft at the original, lively Laurier brewpub with its welcoming street terrasse. Creative takes, like IPAs and pale ales featuring experimental hops and style mash-ups are also frequently found on the expansive menu.

Boswell Brasserie Artisanale

The prime focus at this Plateau spot from Nicolas Paquet, brewer Philippe St-Cyr, and Olivier Rhême, is on Quebec-made beers (all 19 beers on tap are made in-house), but they also do wine and hard liquor drinks. Hungry? Their bites are a step above your typical pub grub with fare like salmon tartare, duck breast, and seared scallops.

Pit Caribou

Beer brewing is done with Gaspésien flair (their flagship brewery is located not far from the mighty Percé rock) at this bright Plateau pub. Expect lots of robust, hoppy flavours, and try their award-winning American Brown Ale if there’s any on hand.

Réservoir

Réservoir has been a long-time Plateau favourite, but was given a boost when the crew from now-closed) Mile End restaurant Hôtel Herman took it over. On the beer side, expect a classic pilsner and a few IPAs as well as more playful brews like a rhubarb wheat and haskap sour.

Dispensaire Microbrasserie

This small microbrewery with just a few brewing tanks livens up recently renovated Prince Arthur with its growing and ever-changing list of scrumptious beers on tap or by the can. Enjoy a flight or pint on their expansive new terrasse out front, or in their renovated interior either at the bar or at tables in the back.

Le Cheval Blanc

The most dive-y spot on the list, this comfortable, dark and retro-tinged brewpub serves a solid lineup of house beers from session IPAs to stouts to its namesake Belgian white. It’s also the craft brew venue that started it all in Montreal.

Mutoïde - Microbrasserie

This Hochelaga brewpub is home sweet home for metalheads, with a playlist dedicated to the genre. It also does great German-style ales and lagers as well as a couple IPAs. The bar just serves snacks, though they won’t mind if you order in.

L’Espace Public

Hochelaga’s neighbourhood brewery might feel like a local classic, but their in-house brews are certainly more extravagant than what you’d expect from a typical dive bar. If you like sours, L’Espace Public brews nearly 20 different options from blueberry guava to creamsicle, as well as about 10 non-sour options including a rice lager and farmhouse IPA in the bar and in stores across the city. Keep an eye out for frequent live music shows and gallery exhibitions.

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Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

This relatively new arrival in a former bingo hall has a big list of craft beer on tap from its Fashionista New England IPA (the one with the hipster on the can) to its Mr Brown British-style brown ale. Neapolitan-inspired pizza and pasta round out the microbrewery experience.

Microbrasserie 4 Origines

Pointe-St-Charles’ first microbrewery arrived in 2018 from a group of accomplished home brewers looking for a career change. Expect an eclectic set of beers from an English ale to apricot-tea pale ale or cappuccino stout to the patriotic Montreal State of Mind NEIPA in an industrial setting with a great canal-facing terrasse. There’s no kitchen but you can bring your own food or order in. The bottle shop is also worth a visit as they sometimes have discounted four-packs.

Messorem Bracitorium

One of the biggest craft brewing hits to enter the scene of late is this spot in the Sud-Ouest. A mix of IPAs, sours, and boozy smoothies are the specialties here. Munchies-wise, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie’s Mitch Deli is now serving its impeccably crisp fried chicken sandwich at the brewery, and there are also crowd faves like poutine and popcorn chicken.

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