Top 4 Craft Breweries with the Best Food
As someone who loves craft beer, there are few things I enjoy more than tucking into a tasty meal as I savour my brew. And from what I can tell, I’m not alone. Most fans of craft beer seem to be mighty appreciative of craft breweries that have talent in the kitchen, as well as in the beerhouse. If you’re looking for a good—or even decadent—meal, here’s my list of craft breweries that deliver.
Griendel Craft Brewery
A proud fixture in Saint‑Sauveur, Griendel is a craft brewery that puts a lot of love into their plates, with dishes featuring local products that change with the seasons. Share a plate of charcuterie and cheese with friends, dig into a delicious beef or salmon tartare, or try something new from the specials board. Your taste buds will dance and sing! There are some good options for vegetarians as well, including a savoury marinated tofu sandwich. And of course, I highly recommend pairing your dish with a Griendel beer or two!
La Souche Limoilou
La Souche Limoilou has it all: great beer brewed onsite, a generous menu of gourmet pub fare, and a cozy interior that feels like a sugar shack. They’ve also done a great job of putting plenty of fresh, local products on the menu and keeping it varied, with plenty of options for meat‑eaters, vegetarians, and even vegans. The poutine with fried cheese curds and beerBQ sauce is a classic. Other favourites include the fried pickles, Chaudaille salad with pecans and goat cheese, and pulled pork sandwich. Not to mention the thin-crust pizzas and hamburgers… Yum!
Noctem Craft Brewers
Noctem is a brewpub in Saint‑Roch known for its bold, authentic menu and delicious hoppy beer. As you walk through the door, you’ll likely be greeted by the mouth-watering smell of smoked meat, which they buy from a local farmer and smoke onsite. If you’re feeling snackish, I recommend the pork jerky or housemade pizza pocket. For a meal, the Noctem Bacon Burger and the chili can’t be beat. And if you’re unmoved by those thick slices of delicious bacon, Noctem also has solid vegetarian options, so you can eat your greens without compromising on taste!
Like pizza? You’ll love Emporium. Their succulent thin‑crust pizzas are baked in an authentic pizza oven imported directly from Italy. That’s right. Not only do they brew excellent beer on site, but they also manage to knock it out of the park with their judiciously constructed pizzas. My favourite, the “Fondate,” is topped with Migneron, mozzarella, parmesan, and blue cheeses, along with walnuts, pears, and honey. It’s a home run. There are also plenty of nice big salads, should you feel inclined to forego the pizza dough. For appetizers, you’ll find Italian classics like bruschetta, burrata, and polpetta.