Festival Mondial de la bière

One of Montreal’s most popular summer festivals, Mondial de la bière is a unique beer tasting and educational event that brings foreign beers and the beers of Quebec to center stage. The annual event features over 600 beers from over 100 breweries, transforming Montreal into the Beer Capital of the World for a span of five days.

The 20th edition of the festival will take place in 2013. The 19th editionIMG_0363 highlighted beers from South America, with a specific focus on beers from Brazil and Argentina. In addition to reserved ticketing seminars, the event space featured a playful layout that broke the exhibitors into regional themed pubs that included a Latin Pub, European Bistro Pub and Oktoberfest Pub, which provided much needed seating areas amid the heavily attended event.

Tasting coupons are sold at CAD $1/each and tastings can range from 2-5 coupons for a 3-4 oz. pour. Ticket packages including a souvenir tasting glass are also available. Admission is free and the general tasting floor remains open for the majority of the day and evening so visitors can tour and enjoy the festival at a leisurely pace as opposed to being limited to ticketed tasting sessions.

Held annually (late May-Early June)

Top left photo credit: © Olivier Bourget