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Québec’s best microbreweries: where to go?

Published on July 08, 2021
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Over the past several years, the tiny universe of Québec’s craft beers has expanded significantly to become a key part of the province’s culinary and gastronomic landscape. While local brewing was a rather marginal activity not too long ago, excellent microbreweries are popping up in areas across Québec, including our national capital.

Québec is brimming with great places that serve local beers for an apéro on a sunny terrasse or with a delicious meal. If you’re looking to spend an evening in good company enjoying a few beers in a fun atmosphere, Québec’s microbreweries are exactly where you want to be! We love stopping by to sample their refreshing and unique creations. Increasingly complex and sought-after, local craft beers are a tasty alternative to convenience and grocery store offerings.

What converts the curious into regulars? A microbrewery’s friendly atmosphere and its employees’ passion for their beers. The perfect places to go on a warm summer afternoon or for an evening with friends or casual happy hour, Québec’s microbreweries open their doors wide to patrons who want to discover local products and the artisans behind them.

Here’s our list of Québec’s absolute best microbreweries!

La Barberie

It’s impossible to talk about Québec’s brewers without mentioning La Barberie, whose tasting room features eight craft beers on rotation and its more established blends in bottles. On hot summer days, try the Blanche aux mûres blackberry wheat beer on the expansive terrasse in the Saint-Roch district. We like La Barberie for its delicious and original beers and especially because it’s Québec’s very first microbrewery cooperative!  
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La Korrigane

Founded in 2010, Korrigane is a craft brewery that serves great home brews in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Saint-Roch district, Korrigane has ten all-natural beers made without any preservatives on tap. Ask the owners, and they’ll tell you it’s their Kraken beers that really put them on the map. What makes the microbrewery so unique? The excellence of its products, its commitment to quality and accuracy and its drive to contribute to the growth of Québec’s craft brewing community.
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Griendel

Headquartered in the Saint-Sauveur district, Griendel is a fantastic microbrewery that’s all about good beer and good food! In the vast and homey space, you can taste a range of delicious house products. There are 24 beers on tap, half of which are Griendel’s own. From IPA, to lager, stout, saison, kölsch, bitter and more, there’s something for every palate. There’s also a food menu chock-full of perfect pairings for the house brews.
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Le Projet

Le Projet isn’t a microbrewery, but its name is still on all craft beer fans’ lips. Located in the heart of Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Le Projet is a friendly pub with a contemporary tavern menu. It’s also THE place to taste the region’s best microbrewery beers and a great way to immerse yourself in Québec’s brewing world!  
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Special Mentions

  • A first appearance of blueberries on our list! La Voie Maltée was founded in Jonquière in 2002; the first microbrewery in the region. After a second branch in Chicoutimi, La Voie Maltée crossed the Laurentian Park to settle in the provincial capital. Today, it offers 16 beers as unique as they are good, now available in cans to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. La Voie Maltée is a good representation of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, offering colourful beers in an unpretentious atmosphere where you can eat well!
  • Well-established in Saint-Roch, Noctem Artisans Brasseurs has been around since October 2015. The microbrewery is constantly innovating, and its signature beers have quickly won over hop lovers in the old capital. The newest brews, sours and saisons are all up on the chalkboard, alongside some unanticipated blends that are surprisingly well balanced, like the Belzébuth: a stout with grapefruit and bird’s eye chili!
  • Located in Québec’s Grand Marché, just a stone’s throw from the Centre Vidéotron, SNO Microbrasserie Nordik is a favourite in the Limoilou district. Brewmaster Daniel Lowing, who’s originally from Philadelphia, relocated to Québec for love. As its name suggests, SNO crafts nordic beers (some of which have won international awards!) inspired by winter in Québec. 
  • Next time you’re in Limoilou, head straight to the taproom at Brasseurs sur demande to taste the brewers’ latest creations. The four guys behind the microbrewery work hard to offer made-to-measure beers for everyone. Their most famous craft beer is IPA Nordique, whose strong hoppy taste and aromas of mango, peach and orange are sure to charm.
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