Chris is correct, I am in Quebec. I apologize in advance for any spelling errors – I am on a Quebecois computer and the spell check is in french.
We left Montreal yesterday after visiting a number of great restaurants and brewpubs. I will fill you all in when I get back, but so far the best beer experience was at Dieu du Ciel, the worst was at Brutopia, don’t go there, terrible beer! This province in general, is a solid beer destination.
Sadly I could not get a table at Au Pied De Cochon, but I have eaten fois gras, Martin Picard’s favorite ingredient.
We are now in Quebec City and have plans to eat as much raw milk cheese as possible.
If you were wondering why Erik hasn’t been posting much, and you probably were, it’s because he is on vacation in Quebec. What’s he doing there you ask? I hope he’s collecting beer to bring back for me, but he’s more likely enjoying smoked meat and poutine, as well as putting the emPHAsis on the wrong syLLAbles like a French Canadian. He mentioned a trip to Martin Picard’s (The Wild Chef) restaurant Au Pied de Cochon as well as many other culinary adventures. He also planned to visit a few of Montreal and Quebec’s wonderful craft breweries, specifically Dieu du Ciel. I imagine he’ll have a few posts to share with us of his adventure when he gets back. It is with insane jealousy and anticipation that I await his return, which I’m hoping will include a few treats to share with me.
One of my coworkers moved back to Quebec this past summer, but still works with us remotely. Our interactions are now mostly limited to instant messenger conversations, but lately we’ve been able to bond over our mutual interest in beer. Jerome is lucky to live near Montreal, the Canadian hotbed of interesting craft beer. One of the breweries we both enjoy is Dieu Du Ciel, who brew very interesting beers.
Jerome tempting me with imagery
One of the guys at Brewery Creek recommended them to me, so I bought one of each of the six brews available. Dieu Du Ciel (God of the sky) also gives their beers sweet names, not that this has anything to do with the beer itself, but it’s a nice touch. The six I tried are:
Corne du diable (Horn of the devil): 6.5% American IPA that I enjoyed very much, pleasantly hoppy for an East coast beer.
Dernière Volonté (Last will): 6.5% Belgian abbey style blonde, which I also enjoyed.
Fumisterie (Smoke screen): 5.5% hemp ale, enjoyable, but smoked flavors aren’t my bag.
Péché Mortel (Mortal Sin): 9.5% Imperial coffee stout, intense roasted coffee flavors, very interesting, but a bit too heavy for my liking.
Rosée d’hibiscus (Pinkish Hibiscus): 5% hibiscus flower wit, quite possibly the girliest beer I’ve ever come across (besides Bud Light), but I really enjoyed this wit and look forward to sipping a few more this summer.
Route des épices (Spice route): 5% peppercorn rye beer, tasted like a (good) pale ale with added pepper, too much pepper in my opinion.
You’ll notice that Dieu Du Ciel doesn’t brew your average beers. Even though I found them hit or miss, I love what Dieu Du Ciel is doing with their beer. They are going all out, you love it or you hate it, but the ones you love are masterpieces. The beer menu at the brewpub can only be considered epic, check it out. I’m hoping to make a trip out to Montreal in the not too distant future. Care to join me for a beer Jerome?