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Montreal's beer festival Mondial de la bière is going online for free, starting tomorrow

Originally planned for May, the 36th edition of Montreal's popular beer festival goes online tomorrow with plans to reopen in the fall

By JP Karwacki
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Lovers of the best beer in Montreal and brews from around the world won't be able to attend Mondial de la bière during its originally scheduled time in May, but the festival is opting for an online format over this weekend and plans to reopen later this year.

Noting that it had to cancel its planned gatherings on the beer festival's website, new dates are now tentatively set for Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Gare Windsor in Downtown Montreal. The festival, however, won't let the time it set aside in May to go to waste: From May 21 to May 24, the festival is going online with some free programming to tide them over.

According the event's Facebook event page, programming starts tomorrow and lasts until Sunday. People watching from home are encouraged to purchase beer for delivery or takeout from Quebec breweries and microbreweries participating in the festival. Depanneur Peluso on Rachel Street (2500 Rue Rachel East) is selling a pack with 4 beers from 4 micro-breweries participating in the Mondial de la bière.

Grab your brews and follow along with the festival's programming, contests and other points of interest:

  • 11am: The virtual World Contest will be held with winners announced
  • 2:30pm: Beer expert Mario D'Eer will address the audience
  • 3pm: A presentation of Quebec brewing products will take place
  • 4pm: Daily advice from Pierre-Luc Gagnon, manager of the microbrewery and advisor, Dépanneur Péluso – Rachel East
  • 4:30pm: Daily suggestion – one beer, one cheese – with Serge Noël, beer expert
  • 5pm: Musical animation/poetry with Tony Forder, editor of Ale Street News 
  • 5pm: A tasting with friends online, enjoying beers from Quebec breweries and microbreweries participating in the 2020 Mondial de la bière which you previously purchased. 

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