Not only does the Mondial de la biere kick off Montreal's summer festivals, it's one of the major international beer festivals in North America. On center stage this year are the beers of Japan, along with imports from Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, United Kingdom, German, Belgium, Trinidad, Tobago and of course Quebec, Canada and the United States.
Of the 450 products, 197 are new beers, and all available for public tasting. There is also a public beer contest, where visitors may vote for their top three beers. The winners will receive gold, silver or bronze medals. For the past seven years, Mondial de la bière invites local brewers to brew up special-edition beers, available for quaffing exclusively on-site at the festival. This year's selection include sBrasseurs de
Montréal (red tea beer), Hopfenstark (Berliner Weiss) and Brasserie Dieu
du ciel! (surprise brew).
Mondial de la bière
June 3-7, 2009
Windsor Station and Courtyard
1160 de la Gauchetière St. West, Montreal
Tasting coupons: $1 (1-5 coupons for each tasting)
Beer tasting in Bratislava, Slovakia
Photo by Sue Frause