Conferences that will blow you away!

La Grande Brasse

32 beers chosen amongst the BSC participating microbreweries will be competing to determine THE best beer of the 2019 edition. With the help of 4 judges from the audience, chosen through a contest organized on our social media, and a 5th one chosen on the spot, they will evaluate each chosen beer. Hosted by Philippe Wouters, beer expert and president of the Bières et plaisirs magazine and Jeff Boudreault, our spokesperson. You will also have the opportunity to taste one of the competing products…so what are we drinking?

 

Saturday

1:40 p.m. | 5:30 p.m.

Sunday

1:40 p.m. | 5:45 p.m. (big final)

The Boréale Cask Project

Exclusive creations, in collaboration with the best microbreweries in Quebec, only offered on cask: that is the Boréale Cask Project objective.
Come taste, compare and vote for your favourite collaboration!

Friday

3:30 p.m.

Saturday | Sunday | Monday

1:00 p.m.

Brewing Workshop

Make a stop at the Moût International’s stand to see all the various steps in brewing a beer.

Meet the brewers

On a roll for the past two years, allowing memorable meetings with Vermont, Maine and New-Brunswick brewers, ‘Meet the Brewers’ conferences give us anoher opportunity to meet two renowned American brewers this year. Martin Thibault, distinguished beer author and globetrotter, in collaboration with Vitriol and Pivot, found two new breweries that will share their knowledge in terms of brewing innovations. Together, they will offer an overview of two new trendy topics: spontaneous fermentation and 100% local farmhouse beers. Tastings will be offered.

Reserve you spot today at a friendly rate via our online ticketing. Hurry up! Tickets and tastings are limited.online ticket office!

  • Cost : $5 (including tastings)

Saturday, 12:15 p.m.

James Priest, The Referend Bier Blendery

With help from the agency 

This spontaneous fermentation specialist is inspired by Mother Nature as well as Lambic assemblers in Belgium, he creates sour beers full of personality. Without filtration or pasteurization, without added yeasts at any moment during the production, everything at The Referend is done by hand, with patience, skills and taste. After two sips, we quickly understand why there is such an enthousiasm for his sour beers!

Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

Evan Watson, Plan Bee Farm Brewery

With help from the agency 

With yeasts from their own cereals and hops that grow in their region, the New York farmhouse brewery can proudly say they make 100% local beer. Also, thanks to their own fruits, herbs and flowers, they brew a wide array of dry, refined and sour beers filled with flavors of the land. What a delicious and inspiring concept!

Quiz Randolph

The Randolph team has created a special quiz for all festival-goers! Test your beer and cider knowledge and you could win a basket filled with board games!

Saturday

3:30 p.m.

The brettanomyces and the kveiks : when farm meets beer

Martin Thibault, Les coureurs des boires

Much has happened since Martin’s first research trip on farm beer in 2012. Notably, one of the yeast blends he harvested in Norway in 2014 has become very popular with brewers. So it’s time to rectify some things about the beer’s savory flavor, the one that often comes from the yeasts called “brettanomyces”, and the truly farmed yeasts, like those “kveiks” from Norway. Follow the guide in this exploration in the depths of beer fermentation!

Friday

7:00 p.m.

 

Local Beer Ready to Conquer the World!

Martin Thibault, Les coureurs des boires

After 7 years of research on farm beer, expeditions, interviews and tastings in brewing cultures often totally unknown to Westerners, Martin Thibault, co-founder of the blog Les Coureurs des Boires, launches a new book: “The taste of the farm beer” He will present some of his finds to the four corners of the globe and compare with what is done in Quebec. Are we really brewing 100% local beer in Quebec? Discussions and answers, September 1st!

Sunday

7:15 p.m.

How to make your cider at home

By Éric Vincent, Cidrerie Milton

You would like to make your own cider at home but you do not know where to start?

Come to the “art of making your cider at home” conference hosted by Éric Vincent the ”cider expert” in collaboration with Cidrerie Milton!
He will discuss the different production options adapted to your resources and needs. Cheers!

Friday

2:30 p.m.

Monday

1:30 p.m.

 

The Apple Variety Impact on Cider

The main ingredients in cider are simple: apples + yeasts! The final result of your cider will be influenced by the choice of apples.

Come and learn more about the Cidrerie Milton’s apples characteristics and how they play a part in making a cider so unique!

Friday

4:45 p.m.

Decoding Beer: the Organoleptic Tasting

Vladimir Antonoff, writer for Bières et Plaisirs, beer commentator at Énergie 94.5 and co-owner of HopEra brewery.

If beer has been used as a recreational drink for a long time, it offers a wide range of styles, aromas and flavours, making it a complex product. With a few tastings, this conference open to the public will offer you tips to better taste, understand and appreciate the work our craft brewers put into their beers.

Monday

4:15

p.m.

The diversity of Quebec's brewing scene

Leonardo Calcagno, Baron Mag

The growth the craft beer industry is experiencing and its implementation within various Quebec communities tends to reflect the social and cultural diversity of our province. We will discuss the stakes and the importance of investing in this diversity for consummers and brewers.

Monday

5:30 p.m.

Say yes to whisky!

By Jean-François Pilon

Joignez-vous à l’expertise des professionnels de Whisky Montréal pour plonger votre nez dans les plus fins bouquets de scotch et de whisky.

Monday

2:45 p.m.

Shaved head Challenge - LEUCAN

Muster your courage and contribute to a great cause during a head shaving session at the Medley des Saveurs Simple Malt, Sunday September 1st, from 3:00 pm to 5:15 pm. To register, click here or show up directly to the activity (ther is a $ 50 minimu donation for a shaving.)

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

La ligue d'improvisation Les Cravates