First beer place visited in Montreal as it is open late and just a short walk from the hotel. Kind of dark, but lots of beers to try and a full bar to keep the better half happy. Pretty large as well.
They do full pours as well as tasters of everything. The beers seemed to range in price a little bit depending on what they were (in terms of taster pours, anyway). Food menu was limited, at least late at night. But they had a spicy sausage that was excellent.
The beer quality kind of bounced around depending on the offering. Kind of a mix of American and Belgian styles for the most part. But I thought they did decent enough beers overall. The higher gravity stuff tended to just be overly sweet, though.
Extremely friendly staff, though. And the guys behind the bar seemed to actually know about the beer.
Always seems to draw a good crowd so atmosphere is lively and a comfortable spot to grab an afternoon beer. Conveniently located along Sherbrooke and even more so when staying only a few blocks away! A dozen beers on tap but of the few I tried over a couple of visits I found the quality to be variable but generally decent. Small food menu with panini and hot dogs. Staff were friendly but usually just chatted amongst themselves.
Visited on Sunday afternoon - 04/03/12.
Moderately busy at 4pm and one server coped well. All beers from Benelux and the 2 I drank were decent enough. Single roomed bar in an old bank. Loved the fact the gents toliet was in the old safe room ! Would hit here again.
Went here on a Saturday afternoon with only 1 server working, despite 25+ people at the bar, so naturally, service was quite slow. Decent beers, with a few standouts. Ordered an olive dish with complimented the beers quite well. Tried all 12 beers on tap and the easy winner was the Sabotage IPA. Definitely worth a hit when in Montreal.
A constantly improving bar with a light, but well chosen selection of their own products, often accompanied with 2-3 well chosen Quebec micros. A bit too industrial formy taste in terms of atmosphere and rather trendy and loud on the music, but it fits the neighborhood. The staff is welcoming and friendly at all times.
Sammy (692) Toronto, Ontario | August 21, 2007| Updated August 22, 2007
A newer brewpub, 17 months old. I was here till 1 a.m., which is when they will think about closing on a Monday night. Very open and airy with huge floor to ceiling windows, so you can see downtown in the comfort of a bar. I would like to come here at the end of a workday, though their usual crowd is the universioty across the street. Industrial decor and unusual tasting beers. The brewmaster homebrewed 5 years before opening, something akin to others across the province opening these days. The double IPA was good. Perfect carbonation. Geoffry the bartender was happy to talk to some people on a sparse late night. A place with potential.
Semi-indstrial looking bar for the lounge lizards, with lounge ambient music, a bit on the cold side. Liked the vault room. Not a lot of people when I was there, a Saturday night around 10h30. Knowledgable staff. Limited menu of sausage sanwiche (5$ with chips), but good. Good quality beers, alongside with taps of Bierbrier, St-Ambroise, and Leffe Brune. June 17, 2006.
2011-07-30. We sat on the patio on a lovely evening. Server was friendly and efficient. Food was limited but I enjoyed my hot dog/sausage. Others enjoyed their sandwiches. Enjoyed my first glass but the sampler of beers that followed was fairly disappointing, particularly since I know that they make some very good beers. Patio had less of the "clubby" feel that the inside can sometimes give off, to its benefit in my opinion. Would come back, it was chosen partly for its proximity to our hotel. For most beer geeks how much you like this place will probably depend on what is on tap when you visit.
Stopped in here as soon as I arrived in Montreal. Sort of a modern, high ceilinged space with a fairly asymmetric layout. Had a pretty tasty panini as well as some nice cured olives. Service was quite attentive, both when it was empty, and later in the evening when it was busy. The beers were all very fresh and tasty. The pilsner especially was a high note for me. No complaints about this place.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | June 13, 2006| Updated August 22, 2012
This lounge bar is filled with gleaming stainless steel and trendy, Plateau-ish chic decoration. A little too sterile for my liking, but I guess they are aiming for the hip happy hour crowds of downtown Montreal and UofMcGill. They have quite a few beers of their own on tap, served in heavy pint glasses or absolutely gorgeous, massive chalices. They also alternate quality locals on tap (St.Ambroise, Bierbrier, Hopfenstark, 3Mousquetaires, etc.). Belgian, English, and German styles all coexist peacefully, and all manage to come out very cleanly. I personally have a preference for his Belgian stylings. The European hot dogs and paninis are good pub grub, but don’t expect anything special this food is meant to accompany your pints of goodness. The quality and variety of the beers here are slowly bringing it in Montreal’s Top 3 brewpub destinations.