Music is too loud, when we asked to lower it they ignored us. Large in house beer selections but all the beer have the same signature, from a Weisen too a Porter. Food selection is limited. But it’s a brewpub so it doesn’t matter. Service was pretty cold when I was there and it was the brewer him self. Maybe he was tired ? I’ll give it another try soon.
Last beer stop of the weekend in Montreal was a real surprise hit. The place is strange as hell with weird circus music playing and a silent movie about freaks projecting on the wall.. not really my thing but whatever lets get to what matters. The beer was great and the second best house beers we had all weekend. Sours, saisons, and some hops all done well and served to our drunken American asses by a friendly bartender that could barely understand us. Great stop and a place I would go back for more beers in a future visit just hopefully theyll put on a better movie....
This is a great bar showcasing the excellent Hopfenstark beers. About twenty beers on tap across a wide range of styles. What can I say, the beers are delicious and very well brewed. The bar is around a 15 minute walk east of busy Saint-Denis street so it retains more of a neighbourhood bar vibe. Frank is a great host and ensures you don’t go thirsty during your time spent at the bar. It’s a nice space with communal tables and a projector playing old school films (silent) and gives a pleasant, non-pretentious aura. This was a highlight and over a few visits, consistently a fun place to get your drink on in Montreal.
2015-02-14. Small enough that we walked past it at first. It is mostly empty early on a Saturday night, I suspect partly due to the frigid temperatures outside. The brewer (Fred) is at the bar chatting with some beer tourists, a small number of locals cycle through for a beer or two. The quiet suits my mood and I prefer it to the crowds elsewhere personally. Solid selection of Hopfenstark brews on tap, including three we haven’t managed to rate before. The Post Colonial on cask is pretty solid. A small but good selection of non-Hopfenstark bottles as well. They have Toronto vs. Montreal on a projector in black and white! I’m not sure if the lack of colour is on purpose or a technical difficulty but I feel like it suits the place beautifully. (Catching the game here also makes me feel better about not paying exorbitant prices to go see the game live!) The decor is relatively spare with not a ton of stuff on the wooden walls, it feels "hip" and cool without coming off as hipstery or pretentious. There is a small food menu that looks decent, but we opted for Poutineville just down the street before coming. Well worth a visit I will definitely return.
From the exterior it is easy to walk right by this place which would be a shame as I felt they had the most exciting tap list I saw while in town(ex: pinot noir barrel aged DDC) - empty of customers on an early Tuesday evening, better signage out front would boost the crowds but I suppose a well kept secret is nice. 20 taps and I wanted to drink them all. As i said a fantastic tap list with great hopfenstark and rarities from other breweries. I wound up drinking 8-9 samples plus got a delicious 8$ pulled-pork sandwich. Gruff but decent service that knew their beer. A bare pine interior very modern design log cabin like feel. Tasters were 2.50$ or 3$ a pop. Well worth a visit.