By Marc Demeule (Brewpublic’s Quebecer Beer Trekker)
Sounds like a nice challenge isn’t it? And you should consider it for your next beer trip. Of course, you’ll have to find your way to Montréal for the 18th edition of le Mondial de la bière. Perhaps it’s not the beer next door, but discovering a lot of new brews in a bilingual environment is certainly an experience every beer geek should have in his life.
Le Mondial de la bière is a major beer event in the Québec province and one of the biggest beer festivals in North America. Its popularity has increased so much that this year it will change his location for the second time in its existence. With more than 80,000 attendees, a new and spacious location in Place Bonaventure will offer indoor facilities only, comparatively of the previous location that was partially outdoors. We will miss the sun, but not the rain. The Mondial will be presented for four days, June 8th to 12th. The entrance is still free!
As usual, it will present up to 30 Québec breweries and Le Petit pub will showcase imported brews from the world (13 countries represented in 2010). The featured country of the 2011 edition will be the United Kingdom.
If your still not salivating over this, Montreal’s best breweries and brewpubs will host “off Mondial week” parties with releases of unique brews created for the event. Dieu du Ciel!, Le Bénélux, Le Brouhaha, and Le Cheval blanc will be places to absolutely visit every night during this beer week.
Are you interested? Taking a flight to the Burlington, Vermont airport (BTV) is the cheapest way to reach Montréal for a visit. You will need to rent a car with this option, but it will allow you to visit some great breweries of Vermont. You can also pay twice the price for a direct flight to Montréal.