Beers worth your while

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Updated on Feb 1, 2021

With 20+ microbreweries on its territory, the Eastern Townships is a hotbed of craft beer in Quebec. From award-winning to (deliciously!) experimental, our region is home to some of the very best small-batch brews on the market. What are some standouts from Brasseurs des Cantons breweries? Sip these recommendations, for starters.


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Vrooden Brewery, Granby

From its very beginnings to the present day, Brasserie Vrooden has become a key player on the Quebec microbrewery scene thanks to its German specialties brewed with sophisticated equipment and high-quality ingredients that respect every style of beer created. Over time, the brewery demonstrated its talent by creating other types of beer (Signature Series, Inter-national Series, barrelled beers, etc.) while respecting the highest standards of quality. Recently, Vrooden launched an array of non-alcoholic beers that don’t compromise on taste. A real success story!

Favourites: Kellerbier, UrBock aged in a rum barrel


Siboire Dépôt

Siboire, Sherbrooke

Located in a former train station in downtown Sherbrooke, the Siboire Dépôt offers a vast selection of house beers and a diverse menu. The Siboire factory, located in the same heritage building, allows beer lovers to return home with a bit of Siboire’s passion. Canned and bottled beers are sold at the factory’s boutique. Located near Lac des Nations, Siboire Jacques-Cartier impresses with its fermentation tanks visible from the street. By their engaging brand and outstanding service, Siboire Dépôt and Siboire Jacques-Cartier are known for the unique experience they offer to everyone who steps through their doors.

Favourites: Sherbière, this beer is on a mission! La Sherbière lager was concocted to showcase Sherbrooke’s savoir-faire on the Quebec brewing scene and the Inspiration is an IPA brewed with New World hops.


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Brasserie Dunham, Dunham

Inspired by classic European brewery traditions, the team’s know-how is resolutely focused on the exploration and renewal of the genres. Their approach is clearly in the wave of American modernism that has shaken the foundations of the North American brewing scene for a quarter of a century. Whether they’re aged in barrels, loaded with lupulin, inten-sely fruity or delicately natural, here you will savour beers like none other, just like their menu: hearty and eclectic!

Favourites: IPA, Saisons and their dark beers


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Microbrasserie Moulin 7, Val-des-Sources

Beer lovers who appreciate flavourful brews will enjoy the products at Moulin 7, a combined micro-brewery and bistro (don’t miss the wild-boar burger!) where the décor is inspired by the town’s industrial past.

Favourite: L’Île-à-Roux, named best Brown Ale in Canada


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11 comtés, Cookshire-Eaton

Strongly rooted in its community and driven by its history, its producers and the landscapes of the region, Brasserie 11 comtés proudly brews with local cereals and hops entirely grown in Quebec. Certain beers mature in oak barrels and casks to produce a diversified and unique microflora that highlights the fruits sourced in the area.

Favourite: Oxalis, a kettle soured wheat ale at 3.5% alc/vol.


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Microbrasserie Coaticook, Coaticook

An absolute must to enjoy savoury and balanced beers. The restaurant offers a pub-style menu to satis-fy small cravings and great thirsts. Make sure to stop at the boutique for souvenirs and beers to bring home with you. The owners are adamant: “In Coaticook, we not only have the best ice cream, we brew a pretty mean beer too!”

Favourite: Abysse de la Gorge, an oatmeal stout


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Sutton Brouerie , Sutton

Auberge Sutton Brouërie lays claim to being the only microbrewery in Quebec whose beers are made with Bret tanomyces. Flavourful, complex and wild but easy on the palate, these home-brewed beers pair well with the Auberge’s seasonal cuisine, which is created using local produce.

Favourite: Session Abénaki (made with 100% Simcoe hops)


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La Memphré, Magog

On offer at this bistro, which is situated in a heritage building at the mouth of Lake Memphremagog, are some 15 artisanal brews, along with typical pub fare. Among the unique features of the beers are their unusual names and their eye-catching labels.

Favourite: Double menton - literally translates to “double chin“ - a double IPA with powerful tropical fruits aromas


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Farnham Ale & Lager Pub, Farnham

Instantly recognizable by their distinctive colourful cans, the craft beers at Farnham Ale & Lager feature a number indicating their level of bitterness.

Favourites: The award-winning Scotch Ale, South Burlington IPA inspired by its sister brewery south of the border


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Golden Lion Pub (Lion d'Or)

The granddaddy of Quebec microbreweries (it was founded in 1986) is known for its consistently high-quality products and has the feel of a typical English pub. (It’s housed in a converted Victorian-era mansion.) Enjoy a plate of classic fish ‘n’ chips while you marvel at the pub’s collection of 2,000 beer cans!

Favourite: Lim’s Pride (a British-style beer)

Where to find these irresistible beers?

Of course, directly at the microbreweries, but also through the Vent du Nord beer depot, in Sherbrooke. The company recently launched Vent du Nord Sul’Fly, an online purchase and home delivery service for Sherbrooke and the surrounding area. This way, you’ll be able to customize your crate according to your taste and your budget.

There’s also Tite Frette—Bières et compagnie which has outlets in Granby, Cowansville and St-Jean. With a minimal order of $40,00, you can have your beer delivered directly to your door.

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