By Alexandre Darche
You may have seen their name while shopping for beer in Montreal (their tall 8% double IPAs are a staple for university students). St-Ambroise has become the best selling beer makers in Quebec for years now, and their brewery in St-Henri, while a bit of a trek from campus, is one of Montreal’s greatest hidden gems.
During the warmer months, St-Ambroise opens its beer garden. Set up right off of the Lachine canal, it allows easy access to a refreshing drink after a gorgeous ride down the bike path. All of the beer served is brewed onsite, and they fire up the BBQ for a cheap bite.
During the winter, a cozy pub opens next door. Its warm atmosphere is coupled by its menu of comfort food. Nothing tastes better than a big mac and cheese after a day out in the cold Quebec winter. It’s a very laid back atmosphere ideal for catching up with friends or watching a hockey game.
St-Ambroise also prides itself in its microbrewery which makes unique, small-batch beers available only in-bar for a limited time. While some are hit or miss, their Fall Pumpkin and their Summer Raspberry beer are always enjoyable to have in season. The brewery workers are also around most nights to talk about the brewing process and convince you to try something different. You can also take tours on the weekend (with free samples) or pick up some beer-flavoured soaps for your loved ones this coming holiday season.
As the days get shorter and the nights get colder (and the exam period gets closer), feel inclined to swing by for a drink or two. You’ll learn a bit about how your favorite beers are made and you’ll be able to try them straight from the source!
5080, St-Ambroise street