Amongst the craziness between the house and the brewery, Matt and I recently went on a quick roadtrip to Quebec. This year for Christmas, Matt surprised me with tickets to see Kings of Leon in Montreal, so with his new move to the beer world, we decided to combine the concert road trip with brewery tours (and IKEA).
The trip was not off to a great start, we had planned to leave Malagash at 6 am so we would have plenty of time to get to Quebec City that day, and maybe even stop at a brewery or two on the way. However Mother Nature had different plans for us. We were able to have our driveway cleared by 1 pm and were on our way.
The drive was fairly smooth sailing, and featured the dramatic Olympic Women’s Gold Medal Game on the radio (GO CANADA!). We made it to Quebec City in great time, pleasantly surprised by our mystery Priceline Hotel – TRYP by Wyndham Quebec Hotel Pur (a bit of a mouthfull). The location was ideal, in Downtown Quebec City, and walking distance to a handful of breweries and brewpubs. After dropping off our luggage we trekked a whole 200 meters to Korrigane Brasserie Artisanale.
Korrigane was the perfect first stop of our trip, and helped quench our roadtrip thirst. It was a small spot with a young, college crowd. It was busy, as all the breweries were that we visited during our trip. The highlight of Korrigane was their Double IPA Imperial which was very smooth at 7%.
Friday, we woke up and were ready to find a brewpub that was showing the Semi-Final Men’s Olympic Hockey game. We found ourselves at L’INOX for an afternoon of hockey and beer! It was a great atmosphere, and when you could look away from the hockey game, there was a great view of the beer making process. I had one of my favourite beer of the trip there – their Blanche. It was so refreshing with hints of citrus and coriander. We must have stayed long enough because we were given a tour by one of the owners, Pierre Turgeon, and were treated to a round of free beer.. and Canada was heading to the Gold Medal game.
That evening we took a cab to La Souche, which was packed on a Friday night. It had a great vibe to the place, also “Artisenele” feeling if you know what I mean. This brewpub had great food and awesome beer. Matt had one of his favourite beer of the trip here – their American Pale Ale. Following dinner and beer at La Souche, we took off to La Barberie. I am still craving their Sour Cherry beer. It was SO good, and I now want any and all sour beer I can my paws on.
On Saturday we were onto the next leg of our trip – Montreal. We spent the afternoon doing a little retail therapy on Sainte Catherine Street. That evening we checked out a sassy brewpub/smokehouse in Old Montreal from the recommendation of our hotel- Les Soeurs Grises. It turned out to be more of an upscale brewpub than the others, but was very enjoyable, and I will say I was ready for something other than pub food so I gladly welcomed their Salmon Gravalax. Their logo was also the most unique of the trip and my favourite.
Sunday was the Gold Medal hockey game! We woke up nice and early and cheered Canada on! Thinking we could then kick Sweden’s butt for a second time that day we went to IKEA.. a word of advice.. never go to IKEA on a Sunday afternoon………….. Sweden and IKEA won that round. Lesson learned.
Monday was our last day in Montreal, and the day of the concert! We checked out BENELUX briefly, trying their sampler. All of the beer was tasty, however it was 1pm when we visited and the vibe was like being in a club in the daytime, and we had places to be, like Schwartz’s! To help wash down our classic Montreal tourist meal, we went to our last brewery of the trip, Le Dieu Ciel! Everyone we had talked to in Montreal had recommended the brewery, and it did not disappoint. It was a great final beer stop of the trip, and then it was finally time for Kings of Leon!
One concert, a few hockey games, and 80ish beer samples later, we can safely say that Quebec is a microbrewery hotspot that shouldn’t be missed!
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