Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 25, 2004
A little yuppyish, but I didn't find it quite as bad as some other folks have. The beers are iffy, save the Blanche which I quiet enjoyed. Fun layout, with a mezzanine, lots of wood, and bags of grain. Service wa a little distant.
Owned by a good guy, but clearly not aimed at beer geeks. Big multiple stories building with lots of tables, quite noisy and aiming at a bit of everything which means that it’s not a place I’d visit in a beergeek spirit, it’s more of a nice college hangout restaurant/pub. A bit too noisy and big to my liking and the beers are great public in nature.
Very commercial establishment geared on profit. Stagnant menu, average beer for people who are curious enough to try something different, but don't want something TOO different than the macros they drink. An easy walk from l'Amère à Boire and Cheval Blanc, so if you have time and have visited the other two, a visit in this place could be recommended. Otherwise, there are much better things to do.
Like the Denny’s of brewpubs. Crappy food, Denny’s style, crappy beers like the ones I snuck into Denny’s when I was 18. I got kicked out of Denny’s back in the day (sneaking in the beers...) so I came here. Of all the places to drink beer in Montreal...it was raining and we were hungry. Whatever.
Went here on a Saturday around noontime because all other brewpubs appeared to be closed until 3pm (with the exception of the adjacent Amere A Boire). Their beer lineup appeared to be quite limited. They had 4 standard beers by color (blanche, blonde, rousse, brune) on tap, as well as a special maple-brown ale in a bottle. Embiance is a bit peculier...kind of a tavern-like motif along with an industrial blend. Some brewing equipment are on display up front with some tables and the bar on your right. It wasn’t a very busy lunchtime and the bartender seemed in no hurry to serve us. I ordered some chicken poutine, which was pretty good. The gravy was salty, and I am certain that is was not homemade in any way. Either way, the portion was large and it was satisfying. I did not check out the restrooms. Also, there was loud music playing with the accompanying music videos on all of the TVs, which was rather annoying. I guess if you are in Montreal around noon and want a craft beer, then this is the place to go...otherwise, I don’t see why this place would be on anyone’s itinerary with so many other great brewpubs in the viscinity.
It was interesting to us the differences between this location compared to the one in Reims. Same four beers on the menu, but they tasted better IMO. Food menu had same structure, but without all the wierd organ meats and stuff that we found in Reims. Had dinner on a Friday night around 8:30 and we could barely get a table. Bit smoky, but not too bad.
Probably the weakest of the Montreal brewpubs, at least after just one visit (still haven't tried Brutopia though); doesn't have the interesting atmosphere of Sgt. Recruteur and the beer selection & quality would be right at home in a typical suburban shopping-mall American brewpub. Blond, brune and ambree were the only ones available when I got there; but when Oakes and Radek arrived an hour later, the blanche had appeared -- despite my obvious interest in sampling and my little notebook, no one had bothered to notify me that a new keg had been tapped. Maybe it was my lack of French? Anyway, overall service and mediocrity of product make it unlikely that I'll return barring large changes.
Small spot at St-Denis. When went there it was fairly busy , hard to find any sitting space. Beer was average at best. Service was average like their beer. With so many other locations around we did not bother staying too long.
Great atmosphere. Terrific theme and appropriate decor. Hip, friendly staff. Not too smoky, good ventilation. Generous portions of food which are prepared well. Wonderful mussels. Small selection of beers (4). They were adequate, but not exceptional.
Il y a trois dans la ville, avec un quatrième à venir. Je n’ai pas esseiller celui du Vieux-Montréal, mais entre St-Denis (le premier à être ouvert) et Ste-Catherine (prées de McGill), St-Denis et le meilleux. Il est plus vivant, moin de prétantion et aucun gens d’affers.
Il n’y a que 4 bières, par contre ils les offrent en version cocktailes. Les choix des plats très intéressants