In Montebello, Quebec, there’s good news for thirsty golfers. Two local couples—Alain Larivière and Patricia Pesant, and Luc and Linda Proulx—have opened a new brewpub called Les Brasseurs de Montebello. You can choose from 19 Quebec craft beers on tap, including two brewed by the pub: a hoppy blonde ale called Le Fantôme d’Ézilda and a refreshing honey blonde called La Reine du Mont Vinoy that is just the ticket on a hot summer day.
The names of both beers are rooted in the region, says Sylvain “Sass” Periard, a friend of Larivière’s who is lending a hand with the new business. “Every beer that we brew will have a link to something that happened [here],” he says. Le Fantôme d’Ézilda, for instance, is named after rebel Louis-Joseph Papineau’s daughter; she reputedly still haunts the area 120 years after she died.
The pub’s interior is laid back, with pendant lamps that look like milk can lids and chalkboards listing the brews on tap. Outside, a spacious patio overlooks the village’s main street.
The food selection isn’t large; you can snack on paninis, cheese from the nearby Fromagerie Montebello, chips, olives or peanuts. But if you want to get dinner delivered from the village pizzeria, the owners won’t mind.
The pub doesn’t have much microbrewery competition nearby. Periard notes that the closest craft breweries are in Montreal, Rigaud, St. Jovite and Gatineau, all over 80 kilometres away.
Les Brasseurs is an offshoot of a local beer-tasting club that dates back two decades (members are heading to Oktoberfest in Munich this year to mark the occasion). It also has a musical connection, as Larivière plays drums and Periard plays bass in a band called Show Son Blues. So expect the place to be humming with beer lovers—and maybe music—when you drop by.
If you go
Les Brasseurs de Montebello 485 rue Notre-Dame, Montebello, Quebec 1-844-JAI-SOIF
Author Laura Byrne Paquet visited the pub as a guest of Tourisme Outaouais and Les Brasseurs de Montebello. Her blog is OttawaRoadTrips.com.
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