Montréal beers to drink this summer

Matera Brasseurs - Lafontaine Beer

Tourisme Montréal

Summer is here and the warm, sunny days are calling us outside to enjoy the pleasures of the season. Whether you’re kicking back on your balcony or chatting with neighbours in the laneway, what could be better than an ice-cold beer on a hot day? Here are 11 beers, available in cans, from 11 local microbreweries to start chilling in your fridge with this summer.

Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs – Tendresse

The grapefruit and verbena flavours of this Witbier are crisp and refreshing, perfect for a warm day. It’s the perfect choice for those with a penchant for citrusy and herbal notes.


Brasseurs de Montréal – Griffintown

Ale Blonde aficionados will love this beer brewed in Griffintown. Perfect for summer BBQs, it’s an instant classic with tons of flavour.

Brasserie Harricana – Tony Colada

Are you yearning for a day at the beach? This is the perfect beer for steamy weather! Its Pina Colada, tropical fruit and banana aromas will remind you of the cocktails you sipped under a parasol on your last tropical vacation.  

L’Espace Public – Bière de Balcon

This sour raspberry micro-brewed beer is part of the cultural landscape of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. It’s brewed to be light and smooth – perfect, as the name suggests, for a summer evening of chilling on a balcony with friends. 

Isle de Garde – IPA américaine

L'Isle de garde is a must-try in the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood. The brewery has recently started offering its beers in cans and their American API is a classic that you just have to try. To taste it is to love it!

Matera – Lafontaine

La Lafontaine de Matera is brewed in part with Basmati rice, making it great for picnicking with a poutine or some fresh sushi at a neighbourhood park – like, say, Lafontaine Park, just to stay with the theme. The Matera team also wants you to know that drinking this beer may heighten your bocce skills. Anyone up for the challenge?

Messorem Bracitorium

It’s almost impossible to single out just one beer from this microbrewery located in Saint-Henri. Their products sell faster than hot cakes! We recommend that you visit their website regularly if you want to have a shot and bagging one of their coveted beers.

Microbrasserie 4 Origines – La 514

This Hazy Pale Ale, brewed out of love for Montréal, will definitely quench your thirst. You can even find it sometimes in a one-litre format. It’s perfect for lounging on a sunny afternoon on the banks of the Lachine Canal. 

Oshlag - Kellerbier Blonde

The Oshlag microbrewery and distillery offers a German-style lagerized ale made from 100% Québec ingredients. This refreshing, lemony beer is great for sharing with friends in the park of your choice on a summer afternoon. While you’re at it, why not end the evening with their Gintos spirit-based cooler? Its refreshing pink grapefruit notes will add a little sparkle to any gathering.

Les Vilains Brasseurs – Fleur

Oshlag's sister company, Les Vilains Brasseurs, offer a session IPA that opens on your palate like a flower. It defines itself as the weekday beer par excellence, or as summer in a can.  Perfect for a laid-back Happy Hour any day of the week.

Microbrasserie Vox Populi – Kettle Sour

Here’s a fun new way to add bubbles to a traditional Montréal brunch! Nicknamed the mimosa of beers, the Kettle Sour will easily replace champagne and orange juice. Get a vitamin C boost and tickle your taste buds, all in one can.   

Birra - La Horace

This seasonal beer brewed with ginger and two kinds of peppercorns is fresh and thirst-quenching, with subtle but surprising fruity notes. The crisp, exotic flavours of Sichuan pepper and Voatsiperifery pepper (Madagascar wild peppercorn) will transport your tastebuds to distant shores.