Québec’s Top Artisanal Beers

Dieu du Ciel From its Mile End location in Montréal, this microbrewery cranks out a superb selection of beers. A perennial favorite is the Moralité, an American-style IPA.

Unibroue Fin du Monde (End of the World) is a triple-fermented monster with 9% alcohol that more than lives up to its name; La Maudite (the Damned) is a rich, spicy beer that clocks in a close second at 8%; Blanche de Chambly is a light wheat ale.

McAuslan Brewing Keep an eye out for its apricot wheat ale and especially its St-Ambroise oatmeal stout and St-Ambroise Pale Ale.

L’Alchimiste This Joliette-based brewer (about 60km northeast of Montréal) turns out a stable of different brews but its Bock de Joliette, an amber beer, is the star of the bunch.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Based in Brossard (across the St Lawrence River to the southeast of Montréal), this small brewery’s Baltic Porter has won awards overseas for its bold taste.

Charlevoix This microbrewery in Baie St Paul (95km north of Québec City) makes excellent Belgian-style beers as well as a creamy imperial milk stout and an unusual Domus Vobiscum Brut, a so-called 'champagne de bière' made in the traditional champagne fermenting method.