By: Sarah Stone
Quebec has unofficially held the top spot for being home to the best craft beers in Canada. Considering the number of breweries and microbreweries in this province, it would be hard for you not to think that beer is their long-standing tradition. Around Quebec, you’ll find several beer festivals throughout the year, showcasing local brews on the international stage. And Quebec City is home to a great number of amazing breweries—so if you have a little time to spend in this city, take along our list of the best breweries in Quebec City!
La Barberie is tucked off the beaten path along Quebec City’s rue Saint Roch. This microbrewery attracts a diverse clientele, and in the tasting room you’ll find families, hipsters, and barflies alike. Established in 1997, La Barberie has created top-of-the-line beers, which you can sample in the tasting salon. Popular for its stouts and its Saison Chardonnay, make sure you order the carousel to get a full taste of all the brews they offer. Their bar and tasting salon is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 1:00am.
La Souche is a biggie among beer lovers in and around scenic Quebec City. With 20 different varieties of its own blends, La Souche also carries beers from different microbreweries for their visitors. And if you’d like to grab a bite, this brewery has a gourmet restaurant with poutine and hamburgers – everything here, from beer to food, is prepared using locally-sourced ingredients. Visit on weekdays from 11:00am onward, or on weekends from 3:00pm till late.
Nestled in the vibrant Saint-Roch neighborhood of Quebec City, La Korrigane is famed for its top-quality beer, which is brewed the old-fashioned way. This brewery/bistro prepares beers in small quantities and serves them along with tantalizing food prepared using fresh, locally-grown products. In addition to their assortment of traditional blends, this brewery also offers other unique beers which are prepared using maple sap and blueberries. Some of the highest-rated drinks you can sample here include Croqumitaine D.C. and Kolsch. They have a tasting room for those who want to sample their beers, but their ultimate goal is to provide an all-round drinking and dining experience. Visit their tasting room Sunday to Thursday from 11:30am to 1:00am, and Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 3:00am.
With over 25 years of brewing top-notch drinks, L’Inox Maîtres Brasseurs is among some of the longest-standing modern breweries in Quebec City. The brewery sits on touristy Grande-Allée and its casual atmosphere makes locals and tourists alike line up to enjoy their classic beer varieties. This brewery boasts an extensive terrace, which is perfect place for people to watch. In their list of drinks, you’ll find specialties such Glutenberg Blonde and Glutenberg IPA. Visit daily from 12:00pm to 3:00am.
Located in Côte-de-Beaupré, Microbrasserie des Beaux Prés is a word-class brewery and restaurant that serves some of the best beers Quebec has to offer. Taking pride in being the only establishment with a terrace that offers amazing views of St. Lawrence River, Microbrasserie des Beaux Prés is the ideal stop when you want to sample a rich beer collection. Stop by and try its more than 15 varieties of beer next time you are in Quebec City! Opening hours are Saturday to Thursday from 12:00pm until late, and Friday from 9:00am until late.
Corsaire Microbrasserie is nestled a short and enchanting ferry ride away from Quebec City’s Old Port. The place is famed for their line of single malts and coffee blends that are prepared onsite – be sure to ask for their Anne Bonny Pilsner, which was crafted in the honor of one of the most famous female pirates of all time. Visit Monday through Friday 11:30am until late, and weekends from 12:00pm until late.
Pub Le Mitan is a Sainte-Famille favorite among die-hard beer aficionados. This pub has an ambiance that’s reminiscent of the United Kingdom, and its microbrewery dazzles visitors with mesmerizing Beaupré Coast and St. Lawrence River vistas. This isn’t just a powerhouse among fans of beer – it’s also a go-to for those looking for amazing bistro dishes. While you’re here, try its Scotch ales and IPAs. Visit Monday through Wednesday from 11:30am to 9:00pm.
Archibald Microbrewery is a popular brewery and pub offering IPAs, APAs, Irish stouts, Irish cream ales, and much more. Its tranquil ambiance is perfect for a day of great food, great beer, and excellent relaxation. Visit any day from 11:00am until late.
Want to know more about amazing breweries you can find in Canada? Check out our guide to boozing your way around the country!