Montreal is North America's second biggest beer city in terms of production (a title won in part by the presence of some larger producers such as Molson and Labatt's). But it's the lively and lauded craft beer community that I'll be digging into.
As my first stop in the Provence, I'll be taking in the many brewpubs in the city, including Dieu du Ciel, Cheval, and Benelux. But on Tuesday, I'll be spending most of the day with the generous team at Unibroue, one of my first loves. I can hardly believe I'll finally be laying eyes on the brewery in Chambly.
On Wednesday, from Montreal, I'm heading into the Eastern Townships to get a look at the countryside, as well as the cider, wine, and cheese cultures that stretch all the way down to the US border. Two days visiting farms, orchards, and mills nestled among an verdant landscape.
Lured by the close proximity of northern Vermont, I can't resist the opportunity to take a quick dip back into the US for a visit to Hill Farmstead. Shaun Hill's small operation has been a North Star in the industry, producing some of the greatest flavors in beer. Setting foot on his family's land will be an honor.
Back into Quebec, I'll spend three days in Quebec City to close out the trip over the weekend— a place some people consider a nearly-European destination. It's Old World aesthetic is certainly a draw, but so is the Saint Roch neighborhood, just outside the Citadel walls, where many new restaurants, craft businesses, and breweries are popping up with a contemporary view on food and beverage.
If there's a spot I shouldn't miss, or a special event happening over the next ten days, dish it in the comments. From one beer traveller to another, your advice is invaluable. And if you find me out and about, say bonjour!