Marheb (375) San Diego, California | August 5, 2013| Updated January 5, 2015
La place était animée pour l’ouverture avec un service un peu dépassé par la demande. Le choix des bières est axé sur la sélection Hopfenstark et celle-là n’a pas déçue. Entre 15 et 20 pompes, une place à surveiller.
A lot of beers on tap but I found the beers had pretty much the same taste. Wooden decor, everything is made of wood. Usually not crowded. There is food but they aren’t into fine dining, more like snacks and easy meal they put in the oven. Not my favourite place I’ve been in Montreal, still can be interesting.
Another place that I go at least once a year on our annual Montreal trip, but generally is 2-3 times over five days. Chill down to earth place with a great list, usually not too crowded, but rarely empty. Up to twenty of their own beers on, sometimes a cask. There’s food now as well, the sort of quick and easy things the bartender can toss into the oven, do don’t expect culinary magic, but you’ll get good beer snacks.
One of my favourite places in town. Full range of Hopfenstark’s always interesting beers along with some worthwhile guests. Excellent value. Nice woody space with a high ceiling. Pleasant outdoor seating in the summer. Service is a little brusque but that’s not different from most Montreal bars. If you like saisons, you need to be here.
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.