Zuma wrote:ow that I know Bond is close, we can grab a meal there and not be forced to have picky foods at DDC.
Derek wrote:Unfortunately Metro Joanette is in new hands & going downhill, so I didn't even bother checking it out.
A bit of a drive from DDC, but a really great bottle shop:
Longueuil, Quebec, J4J 4N9
phone: (450) 674-7225
A little closer, newly expanded, wickedly organized:
Dépanneur Peluso (Boni Soir)
2500 Rachel E.
Montréal, Quebec, H2H 1S1
phone: (514) 525-1203
After Rahman, Duluth is probably the next closest thing to DDC:
Épicerie Au Coin Duluth
418 Duluth Est.
Montréal, Quebec, H2L 1A3
phone: (514) 288-8830
For a phenominal tap list:
Vices Et Versa
L'Amère à Boire... love their craft-brewed lagers:
sprague11 wrote:bought bottles at le grand duc when i was visiting in march. gotta love a convenience store that has taps for sampling before buying
It’s about time a local jump into this thread. I see many wrong and out-of-date information here. I’ll try to be objective. I won’t give the addresses they are on ratebeer. I won’t make an itinerary, that’s your job.
I’m listing the places in alphabetical order to avoid specific rankings
The must-go (in alphabetical order)
- Amère À Boire: I think their non-lagers are good but do not really stand-out. However this is the place to go if you can appreciate a great Bohemian Pilsner, Helles, etc. Menu is limited but you can have a full meal. Burgers are originals (rabbit, etc.) and very good.
- Benelux: Good all around selection. From 5 to 10 home-brews on tap (variable). The entry-beers (blonde, amber) are guest beers from the Trois-Mousquetaires micro. All their homebrews are the “tasty” brews. Food is snacks, unless you consider a panini a full meal.
- Brouhaha: Brewpub/beerbar. 2 or 3 homebrews and about 8 guest beers. The owner-brewer is very specific about his selection of guest beers. You will often find an excellent guest brew there that is not anywhere else in Montreal. Food is snacks, no full meal.
- Dieu Du Ciel: Excellent all around selection. Average of 10 homebrew on taps. Foods is more like snacks (sandwiches, cheese, etc.)
- Vices & Versa: Biggest selection in town. 33 tap lines, all quebec micros. With so many tap lines only half are really worth it. They don’t have brewing equipment but recently they have started to brew their own beer at Maitre Brasseur (a microbrewery in Laval city). They will have 3 or 4 of their homebrew on taps. Food is snacks, hot-sandwiches. Not really a full meal to me.
The Good (in alphabetical order)
- Cheval Blanc: This one can be a hit or miss. Very variable menu. Can be great, can be so-so. Average of 6 homebrew on tap.
- Saint-Bock: brewpub/Beerbar. About 20 taps, half homebrews, half guest quebec micros. Their homebrews are mostly bland but they are improving. The guest brews selection is inferior to Vices & Versa and Brouhaha. Good food, full meal. Nice ambiance.
The Might-Be-Worth-a-Visit (in alphabetical order)
- Brasseurs de Montreal: All their beers are “accessible” beers, well brewed but nothing to get the beer-geek excited. I was told the food is good, haven’t eaten yet, rather new place.
- Bond (not on ratebeer, 101 Fairmount O., Montreal): only three blocks away from Dieu Du Ciel. A funny trendy place that has 5 tap lines, all Hopfenstark. Food is tapas, order many and you have a full meal
- Helm Brasseur Gourmand. Relatively newcomer. Sucked big time when they opened. Are now getting better. Food is tapas, order many and you have a full meal. Two weeks ago I liked their APA. They are improving but still a bit risky. Worth a stop between Dieu Du Ciel and Vices & Versa.
- Réservoir: Some beers are very good (IPA), most are bland, a few are bad. Food on the other hand is exceptionally good. This is creative fine cuisine in a brewpub. If you’re in the mood for something more than pizza/burger you owe it to yourself to eat there and have a pint (IPA if possible).
The To-Avoid (in alphabetical order)
- Trois Brasseurs: Food is good standard greasy pub food. But this is a chain. The beer is what I call McBeers.
- Brutopia: Awful beer. They were never good but the past few years it got worse. This place is a student hang-out. If you’re 30 you’ll feel out of place. They are at a point where they brew beer because it is cheaper than to buy it from a macro. Their customers wouldn’t care either way. To avoid.
- Yer-Mad??? Why is it still on some people’s list. Let’s list every bar in town that do not exclusively serve macro while at it. A little hang-out for the 21 year old Che Guevara wanna be. Nothing for the beer geek there.
Place to bottle-shop:
- Peluso: Now the best bottle shop in Montreal. By far.
- Marché des Saveurs: good beer selection but Peluso is much better. However this is THE BEST ice-cider shop ON THE PLANET. Given that Quebec in the capital of ice-cider, the best ice-cider shop in the province is by definition the best ice-cider shop on the planet.
There are other beer stores but really the two above are all you need. All others put together won’t have anything that you won’t find at these two.
Please people remove Atwater from you place-list. They gave up on beer one or two years ago. There is an SAQ there where you can buy ice-ciders but you will have all those ice-ciders and twice more at Marché des Saveurs. Even for food the Marché Jean-Talon (where Marché des Saveurs is) is a much better open market.
tupalev wrote:One thing I would add is that Brasseurs De Montreal is worth a visit - we had an excellent meal there and while most of the lineup is well made if not exciting, there are a few standouts (the Ginger beer was awesome, as was the Absinthe Stout). Nice spot for a proper meal or to hang out in the slowly developing industrial old montreal area.
Yes, I also loved their ginger beer (they call it La Chi) although I had it on tap at V et V. Unfortunately I also bought a sixer at Peluso and something was badly wrong with it, 100% drain pour.
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