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Le Mondial de la bière 2004 de Montrèal

by: HorstDornbusch on 05-26-2004
BeerAdvocate.com: Horst Dornbusch just returned from a press conference held at the brewpub Brasserie Dieu de Ciel (God in Heaven) in Montreal. He's filing this report about the upcoming 5-day Mondial de la bière 2004 (Montréal Beer Fest 2004), which will take place between June 2 and June 6 smack in downtown Montreal at the Windsor Station and Courtyard, rain or shine, starting every day at noon and lasting until 11 p.m.

Montreal, May 19, 2004 - The first week in June is a great time for all BeerAdvocates to visit Montreal in the Belle Province (beautiful province) of Quebec in Canada. Savor the unique flavor of this French city, while you sample beers from all over the world at the 11th annual Le Mondial de la bière 2004 (Montréal Beer Fest 2004). For five days in a row, the venue is at the Montréal Windsor Station and Courtyard in a cavernous, covered exhibition area called the Salle des pas perdus (the hall of the not-lost!). There will be more than 350 different beer, ciders and martinis to taste as well as snacks of cheese, game and chocolate! The fest starts every day at noon, rain or shine, and last until 11 p.m. Admission is free, tasting coupons are $1 (Canadian) and tasting mugs $7 (Canadian). When the Mondial first started in 1994, it drew some 20,000 mostly local visitors. This year, more than 60,000 visitors, one-third of them from outside Canada, are expected to attend the festival, making it North America's largest event of its kind.

The Mondial de la bière has also commissioned a special-edition beer to be served exclusively at this year's event - until it runs out. Created by brewmaster Jean-François Gravel of the Montréal brewpub Brasserie Dieu de Ciel (God in Heaven), it is called MonKriek, a ruby-red Belgian-inspired Oud Bruin (old brown) ale with a well-rounded mouthfeel. The brew is redolent with cherry aromas from sour cherries added during secondary fermentation and has rich notes of caramel for balance. Fermented with both ale yeast and lactic-acid bacteria, the beer has a slightly tart, sour undertone that gives it just a hint of red wine. A supreme example of the brewer's high art!

Daily program items include cooking demonstrations by Chef André-Paul Moreau, who will show off his innovative recipes that combine food with beer, both as ingredient and accompaniment. Canadian award-winning artisanal cheese maker André Piché will lead workshops on pairing cheeses with different beers and ciders. In the evening, the Mondial de la bière will play host several musical groups to provide entertainment for those who like to keep the beat while they savor their beer.

All visitors can take part in a beer contest by voting for their favorite beer, and even win a prize. The four competition categories are lagers, ales, Belgian-style beers, and fruit and honey beers. Category winners will be announced at a draw on Sunday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m.

To reach the festival, fly into Montreal's Pierre Trudeau International Airport (formerly known as Dorval Airport), and take the shuttle bus to downtown Montreal. The street address is 1160, rue de la Gauchetière West, between rue Peel and rue de la Montagne. To reach the site by public transportation, take the Orange Line of the subway (called Metro in Montreal) to Bonaventure/Peel station. For those who drive, indoor and outdoor parking is available at the Bell Centre near the festival venue.

For further details, check out the Mondial de la bière.

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