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Heading to montreal, any must try brews??

just went through googling brewpubs of montreal and they have so much to offer. I was hoping some fellow hounders can point me in the direction of their favorite brewery/beer bar etc. or at least let me know of some " I cannot leave without trying" beers. I like all types of beer but am particularly fond of stouts and brown ales. thankyou for any and all input. I will have a car and definately have the mindset that a good beer is worth driving for.

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  1. unibroue, without a doubt

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    1. re: chuckl

      that is definately on the list THX Anything else??

      1. re: askeenan

        I'm seconding Unibroue. Best ones IMO are Trois Pistoles, La Terrible and Raftman.

    2. Get yourself to Brasserie Dieu du Ciel and try anything but especially Peche Mortel (A coffee infused Imperial Stout). I've also heard good things about Brouhaha, Le Saint-Bock, Les 3 Brasseurs and Le Cheval Blanc.

      1. Check out the "Brutopia" brew pub. Quirky place with good beer and a nice staff.

        One of their standard beers is a nice nut brown.

        http://www.brutopia.net/brutopia.htm

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        1. re: MDBBQFiend

          Thankyou that is definately on my list also. Glad you made th enut brown suggestion as I will likely try that

        2. St. Ambroise pale ale. Readily available across the province, it's a very fine regional beer and you should try it just to "check it off the list.'

          1. Obviously Unibroue is good, but their distribution goes pretty much accross the US so I'm not sure if anything will be new to you. I am pretty sure I saw about the same selection in the mid-west last week that I saw last time I was in a bottle shop in Montreal.

            You want to go to the Dieu du Ciel pub and try everything you can. Peche Mortel is the #1 ranked beer in Canada on Beer Advocate... hopefully it will be available on cask at the brewpub when you are there because it is simply magnificent.

            Another worthy brewpub is Benelux. Not world class like DDC, but quite good and I had a great time a couple months ago there. All beers were solid.

            I haven't been to the brewpub, but St Ambroise/McAuslan is an excellent brewery. I've seen their beers around the US too, so not sure if this is new to you. St Ambroise Oatmeal stout is world class and packs much more flavour than the 5% abv would suggest.

            For buying bottles, the best store is probably Dépanneur Peluso. I'll just throw out some recommendations that should all be available there:
            - Brasseurs Illimités - Simple Malt Impériale Stout (my favourite quebec stout)
            - Simple Malt IPA's (one English style and one American style)
            - Microbrasserie Charlevoix - Dominus Vobiscum series (limited release, may be gone)
            - Microbrasserie Charlevoix - La Vache Folle series (especially the milk stout)
            - Les Trois Mousquetaires - Porter Baltique
            - A L'abri De La Tempête - Jean Dit Laforge (an imperial stout)
            - Microbrasserie La Chouape - Ambrée Amère (a hoppy amber)

            A great reference is to use the Beerfly on Beer Advocate for the city:
            http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/20

            1. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel and Vices et Versa were both recommended on this board and both were big hits with our visiting crowd from NYC, Michigan and San Francisco.

              1. It may be a bit late but check out Saint Bock on St. Denis. It has all sorts of great beers on tap and usually about 4 house brewed beers which are often very impressive. Food is okay and the terrace is a prime people watching spot in the heart of the Latin quarter. I like all the other places mentioned, with the possible exception of Brutopia, but Saint Bock is my go-to beer place.

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                1. re: The Chemist

                  I have to say: one thing I am grateful in regards to moving to Quebec is the microbrasseries. I second Dieu do Ciel. Le Cheval Blanc is all right. Saint Bock is a favorite of my husband's. Also: I really like L'Amere a Boire on St. Denis. Their Cerna Hora--a Czech-type beer--is among my favorites. Plus, they have a house beer whose tap is in the shape of an elephant. You pull the trunk, you get the beer. I've heard the food is good, too.