Québec City has always had a love affair with beer. Not long after the founding of New France, Récollet priests produced the colony’s first casks of amber nectar. Next came the Jesuits, and then the intendant Jean Talon, who established the colony’s first brewery.

Today, the talented artisans working Québec City’s microbreweries are breathing new life into the time‑honoured tradition, delving into the local terroir (think blueberries, maple, pumpkin, and Labrador tea) to brew creations inspired by their surroundings. Treat yourself and explore the incredible diversity of craft breweries in and around Québec City.

 

Griendel Craft Brewery | Credit:  Étienne Dionne
Credit: Étienne Dionne

Craft Breweries

There are over 20 microbreweries in Québec City and the surrounding area, and the number keeps climbing! Discover classic regional flavours by sampling some of the craft beer and terroir goodies being served up in these fine establishments. Some are notable for their fine pub fare enhanced by tasty beer‑based sauces and judicious beer and food pairings. Map out your own microbrewery tour of Saint‑Roch and the city center or take a little road trip to Portneuf, Côte-de-Beaupré, the Jacques-Cartier Area, or Île d’Orléans!

Microbrewery | Credit:  Broue-Tours
Credit: Broue-Tours

Tours

Dive headfirst into the world of beer with a guided tour of Québec City’s microbreweries. This is your chance to meet the passionate artisans behind those delicious brews, get an insider’s view of the industry, soak up the local culture, and taste the fruits of their labours.

 

Festibière de Québec | Credit:  Étienne Dionne
Credit: Étienne Dionne

Beer Events and Festivals

Each season seems to inspire brewers to develop new products and come up with new ways of sharing them with the public. The brewing industry keeps Québec City hopping with festive events like Festibière de Québec, 100% IPA, Festival des artisans et brasseurs, Foire brassicole du quartier Saint-Sauveur, and the Winter Warmer.

Microbrewery | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Local Nightlife

Microbreweries are a great place to meet and mingle with locals in a friendly setting. The “I drink local” movement and its community of microbrew fans is an excellent example. In the summer season, just pick up the “I drink local” passport for a map of participating microbreweries in the Capitale-Nationale region.

Beer exhibition | Credit:  Îlot des Palais
Credit: Îlot des Palais

The “Here, We Brewed Beer!” Exhibition

Travel back in time for a snapshot of 125 years of beer‑making history at Îlot des Palais, located on the site of the former Boswell-Dow Brewery, and relive the highs and lows of the Talon vaults through this sensory smorgasbord of an exhibition.

 

 

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