Biermarkt Opens in Montreal
Biermarkt is not just a bar, it's a comprehensive beer experience. With three floors, ample space, great food, live music and one of the greatest selections of both worldwide and Quebecois beers, there's little not to love.
Our recent experience of Biermarkt started with a beer cocktail intended to pair with the charcuterie plate: a blend of strawberry-flavoured Friuli and Delirium Tremens. Though good, it was a little on the sweet side for our tastes. This was followed up with Mongozo, an interesting gluten-free, organic Belgian beer that let the subtle flavours of a delicate salmon crouton shine through. Flavour-wise it was rather flat, perhaps because of the removed gluten. Nevertheless, for those who are sensitive to gluten, Mongozo is deliciously refreshing. The menu also features some interesting Mongozo flavours, such as mango and coconut.
The next beer we sampled was the well-known Stella Artois lager. It paired well with the homemade cheese fondue with appenzeller and oka cheeses. Stella was also used in the fondue in lieu of Kirsch (though I'm a fan of using Maraschino in cheese fondue because I prefer a funkier flavour). The fondue was served with a delicate potato-bacon bouchée that helped give the dish some depth.
Next up was juicy tomahawk steak served alongside gouda gougères (cheesy cream puffs). This was paired with Palm, a brown belgian beer with roasted malts, a slight hint of bitterness and a relatively balanced profile. To finish things off, we enjoyed some sliders made from a whole roasted suckling pig. These were paired with one of my personal favourites, Erdinger Weisse, a german wheat beer with citrusy and floral notes.
Throughout the evening, we got to chatting with the bartender and found out that they also carry Erdinger Dunkel (a dark wheat beer that is out of this world!) and Rodebach Grand Cru (a very sour, almost cherry-flavoured flemish beer). Biermarkt features a dazzling variety of beers (over 150 from 30 different countries!) from around Quebec and around the world. In fact, they have a beer fridge upstairs with Quebec bottles that customers can purchase to take home with them after their meal. Just like some high-end restaurants here in Quebec have wines that they privately import, Biermarkt privately imports a number of beers both into Quebec and Canada. To accomplish this, they had to work with the breweries to have custom-sized kegs built for them in order to comply with Quebec's liquor laws.
Although all these beers can be overwhelming, Biermarkt prides itself on helping customers pair their beers with their food. For this reason, each dish on the menu lists several BIN (beer identification numbers) to help customers know which beers to pair with them. The wait-staff and bar staff, furthermore, are among some of the most passionate, polite, well-trained and knowledgable individuals I've ever encountered in a Montreal restaurant. Oh, and did we mention, they have live music every Wednesday to Saturday?
Go check them out! Here's a breakdown of their weekly events:
Happy Hour - Monday-Thursday from 5-7 pm - featuring a number of 6$ beers and oysters at $1.
Vinyl Wednesdays- from 8pm onwards, different DJs will pass through spinning stacks of vintage vinyl from the 80s and 90s.
Live Music Series- Every Thursday through Saturday starting at 10 pm will feature live classic rock, top 40, funk or soul.
Rock 'n' roll Brunch on Sundays - A great brunch menu accompanied by live acoustic music.
1221 René-Lévesque Ouest
(across from the Bell Centre in the old Queue de Cheval location)
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