Wines & Craft brewery experiences in the Townships

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There’s a growing interest in craft and local beers, and there’s no shortage of craft brewery experiences for beer enthusiasts to enjoy in the Eastern Townships! The region has around twenty establishments proposing a wide range of atmospheres and flavours, and each fall since 2016, a beer festival brings the city of Orford to life. Here’s a glimpse of the event as well as three microbreweries to discover during your stay in the area.


Grande Coulée Beer Fest

The Grande Coulée is three days of craft beer festivities and celebrations during the blaze of autumn colours. Take part in a unique event in the great outdoors, right at the foot of the slopes. Sample local beers and watch the transformation of the mountain as it takes on the warm colours of fall. The 2019 edition will take place on September 13-15 – you won’t want to miss it!

To make the most of your stay in the area over the weekend, treat yourself to Hotel Château-Bromont’s Wine and Tender Words package and extend your tasting experience. Discover an enchanting vineyard on the Wine Route Starting at $189 per person (double occupancy). This package includes a night at Hotel Château-Bromont, a full breakfast, a four-course table d’hôte dinner, and a tasting of five products at the Léon Courville Vineyard.


Brasserie Dunham

3809, rue Principale, Dunham

The Dunham brewery opened its doors in 2011 in a history-rich location: the Relais de la diligence. For a tasting that will surprise you, try their sour, or “wild”, beers which are fermented with wild yeast. Their specialty? Beers aged in oak barrels that have previously held wine or spirits. These discoveries will undoubtedly please your palate! Keep a close eye on their calendar, as they have many events planned throughout the year.


Microbrasserie Coaticook

1007, rue Child, Coaticook

Try one of their new beers, La P’tite Batince, a Belgian-style blond ale. Enhanced with the flavour and colour of cranberries, this refreshingly tart and bitter beer will leave a pleasant taste in your mouth. It’s ideal as an aperitif! You can also opt for the summer favourite: the Blanche aux framboises. This wheat beer is characterised by its vivid pink colour and its delicious natural raspberry flavour. Perfectly refreshing!


À l’Abordage

10, rue Principale Sud, Sutton

Located in one of the oldest buildings within the charming town of Sutton, this establishment brews British and American-style beers. Taste their latest IPA called Polarisé, a Vermont-inspired beer that offers notes of pineapple gelato and peaches. Anchor yourself in this laid-back and sporty atmosphere.

For the location of each microbrewery in the region, look through this directory or read the article “7 Very Unique Microbreweries” for other highlights.

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