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Lac-Beauport is only a few miles outside of Québec city, and a stone's throw from the Stoneham ski resort. I think there's a city bylaw there that obligates business owners to have their stores decked up like ski lodges, with wood panelling and the like, because they all look the same. Same goes for Archibald, the new kid in Québec's brewpub block.
My first impression when walking up to get there was "Wow, they sure put a lot of money into this thing". They even had publicity billboards on the highways. As you walk in the front entrance you spot a big conical fermentor that seems to be there for show only. The inside looks like a fancy resto in a well-to-do touristy area, with the ski lodge\modern look. A blues band was blazing out tunes a bit too loud so we had our pint outside. The heated terrasse had natural gas "bonfires" with a stone floor. Nice. The brewing facities are downstairs and look state-of-the-art.
Everything about this place screams "Bling-Bling". I've read somewhere that this place was built at a cost of 2.3 mil! This may prove a little intimidating to some, it looked a little too stuck up for my taste, but as a place to bring a date this pub is money.
Beer-wise, it was sort of the cookie-cutter selection, a Stout, a "red ale", an IPA, a Wit and two blondes. We had the stout, it was okay, nothing wrong with it really, just nothing worth shouting about. I'll give the brewer time to go through the growing pains before giving final jugement. I asked the hostess if I could meet him, but he left before I got there.
The waitstaff was friendly and we chatted, they said they got caught with their pants down, they ran out of food, Beer (I wanted the IPA, but they were out) and staff. However I got served pretty quick. The Beerlist wasn't printed out yet, so they had to recite everything from memory. Like I said, growing pains. The only thing that scares me a little is that it seems to be a fancy restaurant first, trendy bar second, brewpub a distant third. Getting people through the door didn't seem to be a problem, the place was packed, we'll just have to wait and see if the brewer will get the opportunity to go off the beaten path.
06-23-2005 21:12:33 | More by Goldorak
Microbrasserie Archibald in Lac-Beauport, QC, Canada
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.