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Latest reviews from Shawinigan

80 /100 1381, AVENUE DE LA TRANSMISSION
“A hockey game was about to start at the arena next door, so this place reminded me of trying to get into Bluejacket when the Nationals were playing. The crowd soon left, though, so I had the entire beergarden to myself. Inside was full, as people were jammed in to watch the game on a makeshift big screen. There's a small serving bar inside too. Service was great even when it was crowded, and my server was the first Quebecoise I met on this trip that spoke no English. The beers were pretty tasty. Food was snax, poutine and pizza, maybe best skipped. Tone of parking, and I even found a spot despite all the hockey fans. There's a small outdoor play area for the kids; I saw no dogs. Worthwhile stop.“
Travlr 108 days ago
78 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Unassuming corner building next to an Indian restaurant, large group of sidewalk tables, one giant umbrella, fire cage on a closed street. Nice location at sunset. Inside is very characterful, lots of wood, low beamed ceiling, curvy bar, couple of different side rooms. 12 house beers and one guest (Peche Mortel) on offer, I didn't ask about flights but taster sizes are possible. Beers ranged from boring to pretty good. Food was tasty although portions were small. Friendly efficient service, a nice contrast from the Molson-Coors (and I assume ABInBev?) owned place where I lunched. Worth a visit if nearby but don't go out of your way like I did.“
Travlr 109 days ago
78 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Visited Sept 2020 during COVID. The taproom is closed so just bottles for sale to go. Very cool design in newly renovated building , big shinny brewery visisble from outside. Selection of bottle was good at comepetive prices. A few other food items sold...but some Pied de Cochon Maple condensed milk...decadent. Service was attentive.“
Lubiere 737 days ago
74 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Visité lors du Rallye Bières et Plaisirs 2017. Salon de dégustation et boutique de bonne grandeur. Les bières offertes en fûts sont toutes des régulières. Possibilité d'acheter des bouteilles et des growlers en plus d'une grande sélection de produits dérivés.“
Whatup14 1813 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Vu de l'extérieur composé de briques semblent être fraichement posées, on peut s'attendre à un intérieur plutôt moderne, voire froid. Mais que nenni, l'intérieur se la joue irish pub typique. C'est plutôt sombre, c'est plein à craquer de monde. Du coup je me suis retrouvé dans la partie arrière en direction des toilettes. C'était garni de chouettes tableaux, mais ça donnait l'impression d'être un peu à l'écart. Bref, à part ça le service était très sympathique, il y avait une bonne sélection de breuvages, et la bouffe était réussie (bien que un peu chère).“
AssKicker 1843 days ago
76 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Situé à quelques minutes du brouepub, c’est un bel arrêt pour compléter sa visite au TDD si on y passe pendant les heures d’ouvertures plus limitées. Le salon-bar à côté est seulement ouvert lors d’événements spéciaux ou spectacles. C’est vraiment une boutique avec ses t-shirts, posters, ouvre-bouteilles, etc et bien entendu, la possibilité d’acheter des bières en bouteilles au meilleur prix. On y retrouve les bières régulières et saisonnières ainsi que les Brassins Spéciaux du moment. Par contre, à moins d’acheter en grosse quantité ou être dans le coin, tous les produits (ou presque) se retrouvent un peu partout à Shawinigan et Trois-Rivières. On peut aussi se procurer des bières en grogneurs (946 et 1892 ml) avec un choix entre 3 et 5 bières changeants à toutes les semaines, allant de produits réguliers à des brassins vendus seulement au pub. Par contre, le site internet n’étant mis à jour que 2 ou 3 fois par semaine, il peut arriver qu’une bière annoncée ne soit plus disponible quand on arrive sur place, surtout le soir. Sinon, c’est une belle place pour quelqu’un en visite. Pour moi qui habite à 20 min de là, l’intérêt n’est que pour les bières en grogneurs qui ne se vendent pas en bouteille.“
Franckg 2294 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Situé dans ce qui est surement le plus quartier de Shawinigan, avec une belle vue sur le St-Maurice. Sur place, ambiance correcte, quoique souvent bondé. Recommandé de vérifier le calendrier des événements pour ne pas devoir faire demi-tour car cover charge ou bar plein, surtout le samedi. Possibilité de réservation. Une petite section sur le côté est plus tranquille. Service rapide, choix de bières en fûts qui comprend leurs régulières et quelques autres limitées au pub. Possibilité d’acheter des brassins spéciaux en bouteille, à boire sur place ainsi que les recherchés Cantillon. Menu bouffe combinant les classiques comme côtes-levées et fish ’n chip et produits du terroir (les frites maisons sont incroyables). Menu terrasse un peu limité par contre. Un arrêt obligatoire pour tous amateurs de bières qui se respectent.“
Franckg 2294 days ago
90 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Went to Le Trou du Diable for their 10th anniversary. Of course the place was crowed but there was still enough room between tables to have some intimacy and to be able to go to the bathroom without asking people to move their chair. The selection of beer for this even was of course pretty good since they even had guess beers from other breweries and also some Cantillon bottles. Wish I could remember the name of our waitress but we really loved her. She was funny, knew how to do her job, knew the beers available and could help us decide what to eat. The food was really good. I had a deer roll as the entree and a steak as the main course. Both were really good and paired really great with my X. This is definitely a place that I will visit again in the future.“
Stoned99 2436 days ago
76 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Went here 2 times. Last time was for their 10th anniversary. Thank god the service is not like that every day. They only had one cashier for the event so we waited 3 hours to get / pay for 4 X bottles. Anyway, last time it was better even though there was a little bit of waiting time. So this place is split into 2: the shop where they sell bottles and pre-filled growlers and some other promotional stuff (T-Shirts, caps, tuque, etc) and the other side which is a bar. The staff is friendly, the selection is usually good. Both time I went they have some special releases (Buteuse BS, Dulcis Succubus, L’Ours) , some growlers and the usual regular stuff. They have some snacks at the Salon Wabasso such as cheese curds and other stuff like that. They really need to have a new cashier machine or maybe have an Ipad like at Hill Farmstead. Overall this is a great place to go since prices are much cheaper there than at my specialized beer store“
Stoned99 2436 days ago
98 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Such a beautiful bar, great beer too. Food is always different and tastes great.“
DerrickR 2550 days ago
82 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Visited a few times since it opened. Lots of merchandise, posters, pins, bottle openers, glassware, sunglasses, you name it. There’s also a whole mezzanine dedicated to clothes. Selection-wise, about half a dozen beers in growlers (32/64oz), most of which are usually only available on draught at the brewpub and select bars, a couple regular seasonal bottles as well and few "Brassin Spécial" beers. Staff are always welcoming and friendly. On the other side of the building is a live music venue with some beers on tap there as well. Apparently brewery tours are available between April and September. Obligatory stop from now on.“
ametras 2595 days ago
96 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“For me the best place in Canada. I n our last travel, we arrive there so late, but they served us and they help us to found a place to sleep. The beer is excellent. I love this place, this town and their people.“
Zizaya 2658 days ago
74 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“Visited a while ago for a beer release, but I have heard they made a few changes since so I will need to revisit sooner than later.

Ambiance: It was crowded because of the release. Fairly large to accomodate almost everyone for the release so I guess when it’s normal business day there’s plenty of space.

Service: Quick and rather friendly.

Selection: Lots of merch, 1 beer on tap, usually a few bottles to go and pre-filled growlers.

Food: n/a.

Value: Prices are as good as you can find for Le Trou du Diable products, which means they are still a bit high but you won’t find TDD products cheaper elsewhere.

Overall: It’s nice that they opened this place for growlers fills and easy access to some bottles, but for the full experience go to brewpub just a few minutes away where you have have some great foods and a lot more beers on tap.

tom10101 2721 days ago
78 /100 1250, AVENUE DE LA STATION
“This is the production brewery location opened by the guys that started the brewpub just down the road. A bit like Dieu du Ciel’s model, this is where they have the serious brewing equipment and they produce their bottled beers. They have a store with lots of merch, fresh bottles and pre-filled growlers for prices equal to the lowest prices you’ll find on the region. They feature one beer on tap to sample while you browse. There is a small "pub"-like section attached, it’s a stage where local bands or improv groups and such perform on some evenings (check the facebook page, these are ticketed events). You can get beer there during these events, but no food. If you want the cozy brewpub and superb food experience, you have to go to the other place (the brewpub) but this is a great place to get some beer and merch to go.“
JulienHuxley 2728 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Arrivés un samedi après-midi vers 16:30 heures; l’endroit est déjà plein et l’hôtesse nous annonce que sans réservation nous ne pourrions pas souper. L’atmosphère est bruyante mais conviviale, chaleureuse et festive. Le service est rapide, sympathique et avenant. Le personnel connait bien les produits. La sélection est vaste et surtout d’excellente qualité. On maitrise ici l’art du brassage dans sa forme la plus noble. Après une douce insistance de la part de ma conjointe, le personnel réussit à nous trouver une petite table pour manger. Et croyez-moi, nous n’avons pas été déçu de l’excellente qualité de la nourriture. Chapeau au chef. Un des meilleurs brewpub au Québec, à tous les niveaux. Un must pour tout amateur de bonne bière et de bonne bouffe.“
dandeman 3068 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Absolutely magical brewpub located in the middle of nowhere by the river in Shawinigan. Great atmosphere, great people, great brews and an even better food menu crafted daily with fresh products by their French chef. Would highly recommend their buffalo steak. For beers, you can enjoy their sampler sets to discover their various brewing styles, often a delicate mix of Belgian and Californian inspirations with a local twist. They also brew a few quality collaborations with some of the most renowned craft breweries. A must experience for beer fanatics which should be worth the epic trip.“
biirusaikou 3108 days ago
92 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Crowded, thighty packed and noisy on this Friday night. But after a couple pints of liquid deliciousness and a bison tartare, you easily forget the inconveniences. Good service despite the place being full. Food was fantastic, not cheap but you get what you paid for. 15 taps and 750ml special release bottles. Very reasonable prices. This place is hard to beat.“
ametras 3152 days ago
78 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Bel endroit bien situé en face de la cité de l’énergie a Shawinigan. L’endroit est beau propre et l’ambiance est bonne, classique. Le service est très bon et rapide. La nourriture est excellente, la meilleure a date dans les microbrasserie que je vais. Le seul point faible selon moi et ils sont surévalué la dessus selon moi c’est les bières. Les bières sont bonnes mais pas excellentes ni parfaite selon moi. Il y avais une sélection d’une quinzaine de bières mais la moitié on pouvait les trouvés dans les épiceries et les magasins spécialisé. En résumé je donne une bonne notes en partie pour l’ambiance et la nourriture!“
cargo150 3186 days ago
70 /100 1870, AVENUE DE GRAND-MÈRE #2
“Endroit visité le vendredi 21 juin vers 17h30. Ambiance: Beau look de petit pub anglais. Terrasse. Service: Courtois et serviable. Présentation des bières maisons. Sélection: 6 bières en fût du Broadway avec Bud et Bud Light. Nourriture: Burger du jour, assiette de côtes levées et limonade maison. (217e rating d’établissement)“
TaktikMTL 3353 days ago
92 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Bière / Bouffe / Staff ... Parfait !“
MathieuTessier 3468 days ago
84 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“I was there on a Saturday night. Ambiance was ok, but there’s was lot of noise (I admit I prefer quiet brewpub). Service was good even if the place was crowded. Good selection of their beers on tap as well as 2 invitee. Price are decent. Nice brewpub and one of our best brewery in Quebec.“
tom10101 3498 days ago
92 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Visité le 10 novembre 2012. Brasserie magnifiquement située, en plein quartier commercial, tout au bord de l’eau. Endroit chaleureux et animé, décoré de façon originale et recherchée où 14 lignes de fût (dont un brasseur invité) attendent une faune exigeante, mais détendue. Service informé, rapide et extrêmement sympathique. Nous n’y avons goûté que des amuse-gueules, sobres et honnêtes. Vraiment un bel endroit! “
GarnotingPete 3604 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Well located next to the Saint Maurice river, nice spot! Servic is great and fast, the waitress knew about the products she was serving. Food is great and not to expansive. Ideal to discover the Trou du Diable’s beers. You can order a "plateau de dégustation" which allows you to taste small sample of all the beer available.“
BeerGolem 3703 days ago
90 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“In town for memorial cup, what a gem. 12 beers on draft 10 in house 2 guest beers. Food and staff were fantastic, they had a lot of lighter session beers, wheats, blonds, a very good American style ipa, my favorite, a good dry stout. One guest tap was DDC imperial stout, nice. All in all a very good brew pub. Picked up a bottle of a saision in Trois-Rivieres what a beer.“
KPD 3780 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Je n’ai passé qu’une soirée mais disons que ce ne sera pas la dernière. Leurs bières et leur cuisine sont très solide. L’emplacement du Trou ainsi que l’ambiance sont tout simplement idéal pour moi. Un must.“
Marheb 3938 days ago
84 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“A very beautiful brewpub with helpful personnel. Their beer is already known all the way across the province of Quebec, thus no need to comment on it (ok, just here: it’s amazing). What’s most interesting about the place is the quality of its food, which GREATLY surpasses that of any brewpub I had ever been to in my life. Great food, great beer, great ambiance. Too bad it’s so small and one has to reserve 3 months in advance. Also, too bad there isn’t also one in Quebec City, or in Montreal, or both!“
VT 3964 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“After many, many, many, many, many, many, many years (but maybe not that much) of wait, I finally went to this establishment at the end of June, 2011 --- a date I will always remember --- untill I forget it --- !!!
Ambiance is top notch --- this place has the most beautiful decor I had the chance to see in any brewpub or beer places I got to visit during my (young for the moment) years of beer mania. It also gets jammed pretty quickly so come early. The food that we ordered was oustanding by brewpub standard (it is surely rivalizing with The Alchemist and Bobcat Café on this matter). I got a delicious hamburger (made out of tasty lamb), while my father got a incredible steak tartare de bison. Beer selection was pretty nice, ranging from good (La Blanche de Shawi, La Pitoune), to very good (L’Amère Indienne) to uber-good (Dubaï Pillée!!!). This last beer was so delectable that I couldn’t resist and ordered it 3 times in a row, enjoying it in front of the superb St-Maurice river.
For sure, this is a must-go and I will definitively return,when I’ll be out of here.“
philippem 4064 days ago
82 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Why there no place like this around home, why it has to be in Shawi, why oh why! Wicked beers, and more I go the wicked they get. The food is simply superb. I want one here!“
Wolfking 4103 days ago
82 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Nice place, with a huge museum of beer. Selection is good and beer is interesting. Food is not so interesting and prices are really high.“
wooool 4206 days ago
92 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“J’ai visité cette micro-brasserie sans attente et j’ai été subjugué autant par la place, l’ambiance, leur nourriture et surtout leur bière. L’endroit est merveilleux pour se rencontrer entre amis, nous y sommes aller en après-midi, nous avons joué à un jeu de société en buvant la Saison du tracteur ainsi qu’une Chose. Bières merveilleuses, riches en saveur et rafraichissantes à la fois. Nous avons souper sur place, j’ai personnellement adoré les côtes levées servies avec réduction de Sang d’encre. J’ai rarement mangé des côtes levées avec une fourchette. Elles étaient charnues à souhait. Vraiment bravo! PS: J’écris ce commentaire en buvant une Buteuse brassin spécial! Un vrai régale!“
MathieuLaforce 4249 days ago
88 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“I went to Le trou du diable in the end of november of 2010. It was a Saturday evening, the place was packed, but they still managed to find a place for me and my girlfriend to have dinner and a degustation. I had a delicious ’’Tartare de Bison’’ and had the chance to sample every beer available. I had an indigestion after that, but its kind of my fault (crude meat is not for me...). The staff was friendly, the beer were excellent and the food was great. Do not miss that one!“
Roli 4284 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“J’y suis allé en juillet 2010 lors du Festival d’été de Shawinigan. Le choix de bières est excellent à l’image des bières de cette micro-brasserie. Toutefois ce qui est à retenir est l’excellente cuisine à cet endroit, l’ambiance et le service. Et que dire de la terrasse où il fait bon flâner le soir. Bravo Le Trou du Diable“
acomtl 4377 days ago
92 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Second visit to this pub, very nice ambiance, quite cozy. The staff is friendly and the bar offers a rotating variety of their beers, which have always been in fine shape according to me. They also have a nice rotating selection (about a dozen bottles) of fine scotch, but it is available at a premium price. The food is awesome, the chef prepares lots of meals with local products and fancy meats like bison, trout, duck etc. Kitchen is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5 PM to 11 PM. The place is getting to be well known around town, if you want a table in the evening, you better call to make a reservation first. Or just visit in the afternoon when it is quiet. They have some good snacks available if the kitchen is closed. Prices are definately within the reasonable range, very good value.“
JulienHuxley 4532 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“This place has it all. It looks very nice, the athmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The food is excellent, they buy a lot of quality local products and I was always amazed by the quality of the food there. Then, the beer, there’s always a selection of 8 to 10 beers, and the quality ranges from good to excellent. Le Trou du Diable is definitely my favorite place in Quebec to have a meal and a couple beers.“
beerbuzzmontreal 4648 days ago
96 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the place as it is situated in a beautiful town in Quebec. I had a tour of what by next year will be their V.I.P. area which means that a great brewpub will become that much better. The beers were very interesting and pleasantly enjoyed. I enjoyed a beer pulled out of their cellar with Jean Chretian’s bodyguard, La Buetese Grand Reserve. Look out for the one as it was quite pleasant and is going to be their first offering from the bottle. Oh and a good relationship with Dieu du Ciel allows them to sometimes have thier beer as a geust beer. “
EastCoaster 4778 days ago
78 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Amazing beer, beautiful interior well decorated, you can view the brewery from the bar. The bar itself is spectacular well crafted. The service was ok but not that welcoming. Some of the best beer in Quebec“
punkska101 4784 days ago
82 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Visité avec french tickler lors d’un petit voyage à trois-rivière. Un endroit fantastique, très bonne ambiance, très bonne bouffe. Et un staff très sympatique.“
Pyrozoid 4853 days ago
84 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“The Devil’s Hole my ass, this place was incredible. Great food, great beer, great ambience. Like the light effect in the brewery it looks like the smoke of helll risiing from the brew kettle“
Hoser 4929 days ago
84 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Great food. Great atmosphere. Passion. Very good beer. Even a DDC guest tap. Another place I would like to see in the afternoon to see how it acts as a place for drinks as opposed to a meal experience.“
presario 4941 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“THis place is a gem, nice location. The decor is as nice on the terrasse as indoor, the service was very good, the food was just great. The owner was busy but still took the time to talk to us a bit. I am looking forward to going back again and again.“
LadySusan 5384 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Établissement visité le samedi 30 septembre vers 18h15. Ambiance: Superbe décoration, plein de chose à regarder partout. Service: Très efficace et connaissant de leurs bières maisons. On a même eu droit à une bière gratuite pour avoir trouvé à quoi était le coulis du dessert. Sélection: 8 bières solides au menu lors de mon passage. Nourriture: Le médaillon de cerf étaient parfait ainsi que l’assiette de cochonaille en entrée. (61e rating d’établissement)“
TaktikMTL 5471 days ago
82 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Visité juste avant de soupé,donc j’ai eu le temps d’absorber les lieux, moderne et chaleureux. Leur bières sont solides et bien faites, malgré la petite sélection. Le menu est très original, cusine québécois fusion, le biftek au bison avec pomme de terre à l’ail et fines herbes vaut le détour. Bonne bière et bonne cuisine, voici une bonne raison d’aller à Shawinigan!“
Quevillon 5482 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“Extremely cozy, well thought out decor showcasing a particular attention to details. Very impressive food menu with lots of research involved. Attractive selection of vaied styles which are usually very wl executed. An impressive pub in an unexpected place.“
Rastacouere 5599 days ago
86 /100 412, AVENUE WILLOW
“A nice brew pub with wooded interior. What struck me was the Art Nouveau moldings used in the doors, windows and mirrors, exquisitely carved. Also as the Cabane au Canada touch. Beers are excellent, service courteous and informative. Lunch menu is simple but good: Ham and Cheese sandwich with homemade chips, olives and Alep cheese. Try the beef jerky! Evening menu is based on regional products, like wild game...I’ll have to come back for the ribs.“
Lubiere 5860 days ago
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