Stopped by during the Montreal Comedy Festival 2005 in July. The best deal is called L’etcetera, which is a flight (or sample) of all four of their beers: Blonde, Brune, Blanche and Amber. The most complex beer I thought was the Blonde (very belgian in composition as far as the taste palate.) The Blanche was a like a Belgian White beer. The Brune was very dark and very stout like.
The food is standard pub stuff with the different things. They brew on the premises which is why you want to go here. There is an upstairs that is outside and a downstairs.
Stopped with argo0 and CapFlu for the sampler. I don’t have much to add to what argo0 & CapFlu haven’t already said Brewpub chain fare similar to a Hops or the very low end of a Gordon Biersch. Safe and average.
A mixed interior design that reminds me of Eggspectations and the Syracuse Sudds Factory. Only four beers were available when I visited this location with Argo0 and SpringsLicker. The beers all had an acetone nose to them. All in all a decent hang-out but a real beergeek would take the 200 footsteps northwards to l’Amère à Boire for more authentic cuisine and better brews.
busy restaurant. kind of noisy, but in a good way. we sat upstairs. waiter had a bit of broken english going on, but was happy to speak to us in english and was very helpful. only 4 beers on tap and no real standouts.
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.
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.
Exposed brick, concrete, copper pipes, wood, suspended sacks of ’malt’, exposed ductwork. Pre-prohibition era warehouse feel although it’s a bit over-styled and feels contrived. Space divided interestingly to make for many different seating areas. Main problem is that it’s dirty. I didn’t order food because of this. The smell is of stale smoke and generally unclean. Grime along the base of the windows. Tables not properly wiped down and food on the chairs. If peanut shells were everywhere, it would add character but just under the odd table looks messy. The beers are unspectacular though perhaps not terrible (and judging from the ratings are better in Montreal than at some of the other locations). The way the barman pours is a huge waste of beer. It was a nice touch that when I ordered a taster, they brought a glass of water with it without having to ask, but the service was slow and disinterested. They generally have four beers - blond, amber, brown and white. The brown was unavailable while I was there. There are also two seasonals - a Christmas beer and a Spring beer. There is apparently an imperial stout at this location also, but it was not listed anywhere in the pub and the staff had not heard of it.
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.
Watery beer that's aimed at the general populace. They were brewing the day I walked in and some dude with a hairnet was dumping barley into a large vat 10 feet from me. I think it was for show, because all that barley seems not to make it into the final product. The joint is on a touristy stretch of street and the establishment is Yuppie-ish (in a nice way) and clean. Nothing like Cheval Blanc at all. 3 Brasseurs serves tasters of all their beers.
Oakes (807) 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.