The Eastern Townships Microbreweries
If Brome-Missisquoi (Estrie) is the birthplace of Quebec’s viticulture, with more than 20 vineyards on its Route des vins, beer amateurs aren’t left behind with our microbreweries constantly reinventing themselves with each new brew. Furthermore, many of our microbreweries also offer a most attractive restaurant proposal. Cheers!
We immediately recognize beers made by Farnham Ale & Lager with their numbers referring to their bitterness level (IBU). During the summer you can enjoy their beer on the terrace of their tasting parlour as you savour a 12, their Hefeweizen, a white beer, or their 42, a summer pale ale.
Established in the birthplace of Quebec’s wine industry (The Eastern Townships), this brewery will satisfy every taste with its selection of more than 65 beers available in their boutique. I’m personally a fan of Viti Vini Vici, barrel aged for one season and elaborated each year with grape marc provided by different vineyards. If you have a little time, relax awhile on their terrace and savour a pint while you enjoy a simple dish made with local products such as their veggie burger they make with vegetables from the gardens of La Grelinette, located in Saint-Armand.
This microbrewery has given itself the mission to produce unsteriotyped beers. Today we can say they’ve accomplished what they set out to do with their “Cette sorte-là”, a light blond summer beer, or their “Pretty Bastard”, a full-bodied stout with a good coffee taste. Even if guided tours are still not possible, I suggest to still head out to Bromont and reserve a table at Edgar Hyperlodge, the brewery’s pub restaurant. It’s THE place to be for a hot après-ski. My friends are unconditional when it comes to the mac’n cheese with extra bacon!
Le Brouemont is a Bromont institution where they’ve been brewing a great variety of artisanal beers since 2004. I especially appreciate their IPAs and their fruit brewed beers. It’s also a pub restaurant where it’s difficult to choose among the 13 poutine suggestions or 19 burgers you’ll find on the menu!
“Life is rough, beer is smooth” is the motto of this Knowlton brewery. By offering beers that will delight amateurs as much as connoisseurs, the owners wish to take your mind away from the daily grind. Visitors return here over and over again to have a good time while enjoying a pizza baked in their wood-burning oven. In the summer you can take advantage of the terrace inspired by German biergartens. In my fridge, there’s always a West Coast IPA for the Man of the house, and a traditional raspberry Cream Ale for me!
À l’Abordage taproom and Microbrewery
When you next go to Sutton, drop by this microbrewery which has given itself a new vocation at the Dyer-Shepard Store, a heritage building
An unforgettable epicurean experience awaits when you enter La Brouerie with their unique and original beers with names inspired by the local folklore. In fact, who has never seen a wild turkey on Scenic Road or gone down the Sutton-ik on Mount Sutton? Added to this discover their bistronomic table elaborated with local products. In the summer I love sharing the hiker’s aperitif board while watching the river flow by from the open windows of their backroom.
This village restaurant proposes an unpretentious local cuisine along with music concerts, film projections and other cultural events. We can now also enjoy their eight different beer selections brewed in their basement nano-brewery. These pair perfectly with their garden vegetable pizza!
The latest newcomer to the region’s brewing industry has established itself in downtown Cowansville. Of the ten beers produced here, six are named in honour of Cowansville. You’ll especially remember
- Coco beach, a bohemian pilsner, referring to the town’s beach,
- la Sweetsburg, an amber rye ale saluting the sector of town set along Lake Davignon,
- 1876, a Neipa, in honour of the year the town was incorporated.