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Mitch Deli's new Messorem cantine is a slice of fried chicken-and-beer heaven in Montreal

It pairs up some of the best fried chicken sandwiches in town with some seriously à la mode brews.

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Life is good to us sometimes, and that's saying a lot after the last year and a half in Montreal. Just ask Maxime Gagné, whose sandwich shop Mitch Deli has caught fire. Did he ever think that his highly-praised sandwiches and salads would be on the menu of one of Montreal's most popular microbreweries around this time? No, but it isn't a happy accident either.

"I don't really like beer. In fact, I've never liked the bitterness in beer," Maxime Gagné told Time Out Montréal. "Then, one day, a customer brought me a beer just to let me try it, telling me it was from a 'top' microbrewery in town: Messorem Bracitorium. I went nuts!" The chef then contacted Messorem in the hours that followed, only to have the co-founder of Messorem Marc-André Fillion pick up—coincidentally, Fillion's his childhood friend.

A few days later, the Sud-Ouest microbrewery visited Maxime's project, notes were exchanged, dishes were eaten, and the excitement was reciprocated. Since then, we can find two Messorem beers at all times at the Mitch Deli, and since last June, a portion of his menu at the microbrewery with a new cantine.

Currently, the Messorem Bracitorium menu includes the famous fried chicken sandwich, a falafel sandwich, a pickle salad, French fries, and a plate of charcuterie from La Ferme des Quatre-Temps. "Some items will appear and disappear from the menu over time, but the essence will be the same, as will Mitch Deli's staples," says Maxime Gagné. "It's a project we want to bring to life year-round; enjoy their beautiful terrace in the summer, then their dining room in the winter."

Indeed, both parties have thought about this partnership in a way that makes it viable, but more importantly, technically possible 12 months a year.

If 2020 was a crazy year for the Mitch Deli, 2021 looks even more exciting with this collaboration, but many other great things are incoming in the months to come—Maxime Gagné says so, anyway.

The Messorem Bracitorium microbrewery is open 7 days a week, from 12pm to 11pm, while Mitch Deli is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30am to 9pm (except Tuesday, closing at 3pm).

Read the original article by Tommy Dion in French here.

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