Microbreweries to try in Montréal
This article was updated on November 1, 2019.
Craving a tasty hand-crafted brew and some toothsome nosh to go with it? You’re in luck, because both are staples of Montréal’s thriving microbrewery scene. Discover our refresher on where to sip a delicious glass by itself or paired with culinary treats.
Broue Pub Brouhaha
5860 De Lorimier Ave. and 10295 Papineau Ave.
With a fine menu of home-made beer and other brews to savour with a menu of typical pub dishes, the two Broue Pub Brouhaha locations have earned a reputation as temples of beer since 2008. The Rosemont pub will celebrate its 10th anniversary in July—an event that promises to be unforgettable. Order the beer and poutiflette (yummy poutine) combo and feast in its relaxed tavern ambiance.
95 Jean-Talon Street West
With its casual-chic ambiance, gold-star beer and inspired cuisine, high praise has been heaped on Brasserie Harricana ever since it opened. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive.
8100 Saint-Denis Street
A Villeray must, EtOH Brasserie has quickly earned a solid reputation among Montréal brewers for its menu of beer brewed on site and other selections. It’s one of the few places in the city where the beer is served at varying temperatures according to the style, proof of the high esteem the owners hold for great brews.
Isle de Garde
1039 Beaubien Street East
Ever since it opened its doors, Isle de Garde has become a touchstone in the city’s brewing tapestry. A great respect for brewing, good food, impeccable service, two beautiful terrasses—one inside, one on busy Beaubien Street—and, of course, an impressive menu of beers from here and afar contribute to the pub’s popularity.
Ninkasi Simple Malt
6206 Saint-Hubert Street
Housed in the former Petit Medley, the pub primarily serves as a bar for the Simple Malt line by Brasseurs Illimités and Ninkasi beers, originally from Québec. People go there for the panoply of activities offered (theme nights, comedy shows, concerts, etc.) and its fun and festive ambiance.
Dieu du Ciel !
29 Laurier Avenue West
Definitely the Québec brewer whose star shines the brightest worldwide, Mile-End’s Dieu du Ciel ! offers a vast selection of its creations (classics) as well as rare or experimental batches, much to the delight of new enthusiasts and picky palates. Its artfully refined menu pairs wonderfully with the house glasses.
Pub Pit Caribou
915 Rachel Street East
Ever since this adored Gaspésie brewer opened a franchise in Montréal, Pub Pit Caribou has continued to attract beer fans from far and wide. The accent here is placed both on beer and food—with products purveyed from the far corners of our beautiful province. An array of events involving internationally-renowned brewers have largely contributed to this pub’s success. A Plateau must!
2300 Holt Street
A brewing co-op housing many craft beer artisans under one industrial roof, MABRASSERIE has quickly earned a reputation as a beer epicentre. The food selection has been amped up over the past few months and its vast spaces are also regularly home to children running around and drawing on the floor. Lots going on here! There’s even an onsite boutique where you can pick up some bottles or cans to enjoy at home.
3188 Masson Street
With the arrival of La Succursale seven years ago alone, La Promenade Masson got a big makeover. A selection of beer brewed primarily onsite (including the very popular Petite-Côte), an inspiring menu and a magnificent street side terrasse comprise its many delights.
L’espace public — Brasseurs de quartier
3632 Ontario Street East
A Hochelaga-Maisonneuve brewer, L’espace public – Brasseurs de quartier attracts a diverse crowd of people from the neighbourhood and fans of good brews. The beers brewed onsite are top-notch and the terrasse on Ontario attracts good crowds throughout the summer. It also serves as one of the neighbourhood’s cultural venues. We love it!
1494 Ontario Street East
For the past few years, much to the delight of beer enthusiasts, the celebrated beers from the Hopfenstark brewery have found a home at Station Ho.st on Ontario Street. Private imports round out its vast menu of beer on tap and comforting cuisine.
Le Cheval Blanc
809 Ontario Street East
Montréal’s brewpub pioneer, Le Cheval Blanc, has aged extremely well, thanks to its superb hoppy creations by current brewer Isaël Dagenais. The eclectic crowd that congregates here almost every evening goes for its laid-back feel with a hint of vintage.
Brasseur de Montréal
1485 Ottawa Street and 775 Berri Street
Brasseur de Montréal, one of Montréal’s greatest brewers in terms of volume, has been converting newbies to craft beer for many years now. Both of its locations are a hotspot for tourists, who go for its inviting décor and array of culinary choices.
Terrasse St-Ambroise (McAuslan)
5080 Saint-Ambroise Street
The huge, superb Terrasse St-Ambroise along the Lachine Canal continues to attract a loyal crowd during the summer season. It’s renowned for being one of the best spots to sip a great brew in the open air.
Benelux Brasserie artisanale
245 Sherbrooke Street West and 4026, rue Wellington
The downtown location of Benelux Brasserie artisanale has been a steady Montréal beer hub for the past 12 years, while the Verdun pub has one of the prettiest patios in the city. Delicious brews for all tastes, a well-informed and congenial staff and tasty snacks have all made its reputation.
273 Bernard Street West
A darling little Mile-End brewery, HELM Microbrasserie boasts a streamlined and chic décor, with brews and a unique cuisine that attract a flavor-seeking fauna. A variety of events showcasing exclusive products are regularly organized here.
9 Duluth Avenue East
Réservoir has been a little lower profile than when it first opened several years ago, but its spot-on location on the Plateau, amazing rooftop terrace, refined cuisine featuring a number of vegetarian options and great beers brewed on site make it a must for starting-out and seasoned beer lovers.
Boswell Brasserie artisanale
2407 Mont-Royal Avenue East
One of the most recent additions to Montréal’s brewing landscape, Boswell Brasserie artisanale has drawn inspiration from fellow brewpubs Harricana and Isle de Garde by focusing on a fine cuisine that pairs beautifully with its many on-tap choices. East Plateau has finally got a proper spot to sit and sip a cold one!
L’Amère à Boire
2049 Saint-Denis Street
Traditional beers are gaining traction these days and that’s good news for l’Amère à Boire, which has been carving out its niche for over 20 years now. Tourists, students and discerning palates unanimously agree that its house beers are to die for. The menu is spot-on too, and it all rolls out in a beautiful and casual wood-and-brick décor.
1749 Saint-Denis Street
The big dreams of this micropub’s management have quickly put Le Saint-Bock on the map. It offers a wide array of on-tap beers and a huge choice of private imported bottles. One-of-a-kind events are also organized in this popular downtown destination.
1219 Crescent Street
For over 20 years now, Brutopia has been quietly making a name for itself in the Concordia University sector. Its client base is comprised mainly of students and tourists who go there to enjoy top-notch beers brewed on site and tasty menu choices on either one of its terrasses.
Bistro-brasserie Les Sœurs grises
32 McGill Street
Close to De la Commune Street in Old Montréal, the Bistro brasserie Les Sœurs grises features a chic location where delicious beers are paired with exquisite cuisine showcasing southwestern U.S.-inspired smokehouse meats and tapas. Some bottled private imports are also available.
1304 Saint-Patrick Street
The latest little addition to Montréal’s brewing scene, 4 Origins has its home in Pointe-Sainte-Charles. You can purchase its beer in different specialized dépanneurs, or sample its products on site in its tasting room.
5101 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
On the heels of the success of its Sherbrooke pubs, a few years back Siboire decided to try its luck in Montréal on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. The pub is huge, friendly and light-filled, and is matched by a constantly-evolving choice of beer and a delicious bistro-style menu.
380 Saint-Paul Street East
Three years after opening its doors, Pub BreWskey has become an Old Montréal must. This charming little tavern treats tourists as well as connoisseurs to a well-rounded beer menu and fabulous finger foods, while an impressive menu of scotch and whisky round out its appeal.
2233 Pitt Street
A new microbrewery that’s created quite a buzz since opening in the city’s Sud-Ouest neighbourhood, Messorem Bracitorium’s super hoppy beers sell like hotcakes BUT they are sold on site only. Lucky for you, a great selection of beers is available if you discover their cache of cans has been depleted. The place, which has been strongly influenced by artisanal American brewers, is airy and welcoming.
Beauregard Brasserie Distillerie
2255-A2 Dandurand Street
The young entrepreneurs behind this product took a dare and decided to brew only dark beers. They specialize in refining and fortifying stouts and porters, with some sour beers (always dark) also on the menu. You can whet your whistle there Saturdays only from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in its tucked-away spot behind the MaBrasserie facilities.
Avant-garde Artisans Brasseurs
5500 Hochelaga Street
Jukebox and Avant-Garde beers can now be sipped in house in an industrial HoMa building that echoes the best taprooms of our southern neighbours. Beer lovers can try different-styled brews, a few of which are exclusive, with a great view of the brewing equipment as a backdrop.
Beyond these breweries, pubs around the city also showcase craft beer, including Vices & Versa (6631 Saint-Laurent Blvd.), Birra (7129 Saint-Laurent Blvd.) and Yïsst (901 Saint-Zotique Street East). They pay tribute to our Québec craft beer artisans in a fun and laid-back setting.