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Don’t miss the free beer tasting downtown this May

Time Out Market Montréal is putting the spotlight on another microbrewery of the month.

Laura Osborne
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Laura Osborne

Head to Time Out Market Montréal for free beer tasting from Les Grands Bois, Time Out Market Montréal’s brewery of the month.

Every month the Market puts the spotlight on one of our favourite microbreweries in the Beer Bar, and this May Les Grands Bois is in the limelight. 

Les Grands Bois, a microbrewery located in the small village of Saint-Casimir in Portneuf, Quebec—about 80 kilometres southwest of Quebec City—brews excellent beer from inside a former movie theatre, with labels and packaging that put on quite the show.

What makes Les Grands Bois so special?

How many microbreweries produce top notch beer from the second floor of an old movie theatre that dates back to 1946? 

Since 2016, Les Grands Bois has been making original-tasting beer (yes, in an old movie theatre!) in the heart of Saint-Casimir. Founded by five locals with a desire to revitalize their community, Les Grands Bois microbrewery is the result of a shared passion between long-time friends, relentless testing and experiences across the globe to discover the best the brewing world has to offer.

Les Grands Bois offers a range of craft beers produced with top quality ingredients that don’t compromise on taste. The beers are original, and constantly push the limits of creativity—in part thanks to their flashy, artful labels.

The microbrewery is also home to the Théâtre des Grands Bois, the largest performance hall affiliated with a microbrewery in Quebec. The two-storey building (the microbrewery is on the second floor), has a two-fold mission: to promote culture through music, performing arts, cinema and visual arts, and to continue to refresh the Quebec brewery scene through the production of high-quality beers. 

When are the free tastings at Time Out Market Montréal?

Don’t miss the official tasting day on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5-8 p.m. at Time Out Market's Beer Bar (one of six bars under one roof at Time Out Market Montréal) where you can geek-out with the brand ambassador during happy hour, and soak up their know-how with dishes from some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city while sipping on their latest brew. 

What beers will be available at the Market?

Les Grands Bois will be spotlighting the following three beers:

Hully Gully : Sour Pale Ale 3.7%

This sour beer is inspired by Germany’s Berliner Weiss but hopped in the American style. The souring comes from a technique called Sour Kettle, which gives the beer lemony aromas while the hops bring passion fruit and grapefruit notes. Recommended for those nostalgic for lemonade stands.

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Photograph: Hully Gully | Les Grands Bois

La Commission B : IPA 5%

The official beer of La Commission B, a music and brewing festival organized by Les Grands Bois, this well-hopped New Zealand-style IPA is known for its sauvignon blanc and tropical fruit aromas.

Les Grands Bois
Photograph: La Commission B | Les Grands Bois


Poincaré Kölsch: Kölsch 5%

The team at Poincaré Chinatown and Les Grands Bois have shared a common love for several years: Kölsch, a style of beer that hails from Cologne, Germany. This collaboration is a quaffable beverage with fresh cereals enhanced with charming herbal hops.

For more information about Time Out Market Montréal, click here.

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