Well, it looks like it's that time again, guys. Time for what, you ask? For one of the biggest beer festivals in North America to bless Montreal with its presence for yet another glorious year!
The 26th edition of the Mondial de la Bière is happening this spring from May 22-25, and trust, it's going to be a whole lot of beer-tasting fun. If past celebrations are anything to go by, we're expecting nothing short of EPIC from this awesome festival!
This year, though, you can expect a couple of changes to every Montrealer's favourite beer tasting event. As mentioned above, instead of being held in June, it's happening earlier from May 22-25.
Also, Mondial de la Bière is being held at Montreal's Windsor Station. This venue is right in the heart of downtown Montreal, and it's super easy to access from Lucien L'Allier, Bonaventure and Peel metro. Plus, let's be real, Windsor Station is a super beautiful space to hold any event, especially an amazing beer-tasting extravaganza!
And when I say "beer extravaganza," I mean it. This year, there'll be over 80 participating breweries, including local Montreal microbreweries like Harricana, Le Saint-Bock, Dieu du ciel, and 4 Origines, plus many other well-loved brands.
Of course, if you also like to savour different treats with a nice, fresh brew,Mondial de la Bière's got your back there, too. They'll be featuring cidres, distilleries, and kombucha stations, as well as tasty food stations like Rubs American BBQ, James Bun Burger, and more!
Entrance to the event is free, as always, but they've also got you covered if you want to kick it up a notch or two. This year, they’re offering a bunch of different tasting packages, ranging from just $8.70 all the way up to $74 for the ultimate VIP experience!
As a tasting event, the festival is all about savouring each sip plus great eats. In other words, take a note from our book of life and pace yourself, friends.
Hours run from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. each day at the Windsor Station - which, final note on this, is an epic heritage building downtown. Ummm, great beer and great ambiance? Yes, please.
Betcha thought that was it, eh? Think again, friends! There’s a DJ and different band every night.
Plus—that’s right, there’s more!—Montreal’s Mondial de la Bière is the only festival that offers beers from around the world and Quebec’s microbreweries plus microbreweries from our neighbours to the south.
Insider tip: Some of these beers are being imported exclusively for the Mondial de la Bière, so if you wanna taste 'em, then this would be the time!