Montreal 2008

Travels for Beer Montreal 2008

 Our main reason for visiting Montreal, was the Unibroue beers and a visit to their restaurant Fourquet Fourchette.  The name means “mash-paddle and fork” and was opened in 1997.  The mash-paddle is the principal tool of the brewer and the fork represents the tool of a cook.  The cuisine of the restaurant matches the beer with their fine ingredients in cooking.  The chef features the foods of Nouvelle-France along with American specialties, and they call it “cuisine a la biere”.  From downtown Montreal we started with a walk to the Metro Station, a fast ride to a bus terminal, then a 45 minute bus ride which dropped us off in front of the restaurant located in Chambly.

We selected a table in the outdoor patio area situated along side the river.  The colors of the beers that we tasted varied as well as the colors of the sunset we were able to watch.  We began with a six beer tasting palette.  There were several beers available that we could not purchase in Florida.  The beers were reason enough to come here, but the food was fantastic also.  Nina chose duck with a sauce made with Maudite, and I chose carabou made with a Raftsman sauce.  Maudite is a strong amber-red ale, spicey, with a hop finish.  Raftsman is 5.5% amber ale with hints of smoke and whiskey malts.

Only brewing since 1990, Unibroue has become one of the world’s best brewers of bottle-refermented beers.  Locate and taste any of their regulars brews: Blanche de Chambly white ale, La Fin Du Monde triple style gold, Trois Pistoles strong dark ale, or Don de Dieu triple wheat ale.

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 3 Brasseurs is a local brewpub founded in 1986 with three locations in Montreal.  We visited two of the locations and both had a good atmosphere, were clean, with good food and a friendly staff.  Some of the featured food items are cooked using the beer.  Such as the braised pork shank, beer burgers, carbonade, and mussels. Nina ordered “The Et Cetera”, which was a tasting of 4 ounces of 4 beers.  She did her homework with our journal and the beers. The Blanche was slightly cloudy, bubbly, with a lemon yellow color.  The Blonde was crisp, clean, yellow gold, with a kick of hops flavor.  The Amber was orange in color, more body and depth than the blonde, fuller flavors and longer finish.  The Brown looked like an espresso with a red tint, delicious, crisp, and disappeared quickly.
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