Brasserie Dunham

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3809 Rue Principale
Dunham, Quebec, J0E 1M0

(450) 295-1500 | map

Previously known as Brasseurs & Frères
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Rated: 4.46 by papposilenus from New Hampshire

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
i have been intrigued by this place ever since i had my first beer from them years ago, and was so excited to be visiting. its neat driving up from the vermont side, where the rural roads just sort of keep going, and in canada, we passed countless small farms and vineyards on our way to the town of dunham, where this brewery stands in the center of town. its a neat old looking brick building, quaint and very much farmhouse feeling. you walk through a cool brick archway tunnel that opens into their gorgeous beer garden area, where ever single table is packed on a saturday afternoon. plants all over the place, cool old brick structures cast long shadows, and their are two entrances. one to the small restaurant and bar, the other to a busier bar area, a few places to order a drink from. we sat on the restaurant side in a neat space with natural lighting and a clear view of the chalkboard beer menu. the beer is epic in here, some amazing saison types, but we were also impressed with a black ipa and a pilsener. some of the best beers anywhere, really, it was rad to taste some of them at the source. the brewery is down behind this space where a little shop with shirts and beer to go is, with a great view to the production area from there. our service was solid for how busy they were, and they were quite patient with our poor grasp on the french language. we felt welcome and comfortable the whole time, and the beers here! oh the beers! we also had some killer pizza with fresh local ingredients, and left here happy as could be. so cool to finally visit a place i have had some much admiration for, and it did not disappoint! definitely a destination kind of place, not really on the way to anywhere, but its well worth the trip!!!
Sep 16, 2017
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Rated by eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Some of the best beers in the region.
Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Well, we were there in winter; so pretty empty. The food was good, the service great but the selection was pretty poor. Just 4 different beers. We will visit again in summer :)
Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by rec49 from Canada (QC)

Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5
I can't believe it has been 4 years since I first visited the fine folks at Dunham. I looked back at this review and realized that it is not indicative of the magnificent place that Dunham has become, and continues to be as I write this. My previous review is below along with my original scores.

These are my impressions as of 2019:
The location, as before, can't be beat; but it is definitely on the quiet, straight-ahead country side. They now have a variety of food that from what I tried was excellent, there is also a separate restaurant next door and they have (or have a deal with) a B&B so it is all set for a nice weekend in the Cantons. The beer selection, food and general "togetherness" of the place has taken off in the past few years. There is now also a full store with beer to go, shirts, etc. Really a one-stop place with a cool location, great food and Dunham's beers (more than you can find anywhere else). You can't go wrong.

I'm super happy that I'm still writing reviews about these guys after a 4 years. They make great beer, seem fun and genuine and generally rock.

To five more years (at least) before I update this review!!

Really neat old building that puts out some great and interesting beers. The brewery is located in the back of what looks to be an old station or general store or something.

The tasting room/pub is through a cool old brick tunnel that doubles as outdoor seating. The bar itself is fairly small with some tables, games, foosball, semi-frequent live music, quite a few taps and peanuts and chips. There is a food truck outside but it had just closed when I got there.

They have bombers of certain beers to go as well as growlers. The bottle and tap lists are updated on their website. For the most part these are beers you can only get there or at the very least ones that I don't ever see in Montreal. All-in-all it was very enjoyable. The service was all right, the growlers seem pretty steep to me, but you never see that here so maybe it's the price for being über-cool. The beers were sold out on Sunday night which is definitely a good sign, but also means it would be good to plan when you go there if you are going for more than just grabbing a point on your way by. The outside had a really nice ambiance while the inside seemed kind of like an improvised bar in somebody's house. Charming, though. Would definitely go back. Hopefully on a day when their taps aren't mostly sold out.

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

Aug 17, 2015
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Reviewed by youbrewidrink from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
Stopped by for lunch on a busy a Saturday. At least 10 beers, different styles and very good quality.

Service was a little slow, but friendly & helpfull.

We ate outside on the terrace and really enjoyed it.

Had the BMW and Framboise Saison, both well brewed.

Worth a vist.
Jul 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Christian_Champagne from Canada (QC)

Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Krakpoff from Canada (QC)

Oct 20, 2013
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Reviewed by LarryAppleton from Canada (QC)

3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75
I went to the brewery on a sunny fall day. The Terrasse was full, it was empty inside.

The good: The beers are great. They had 7 choices on tap, including 2-3 that have never been bottled. The Poutine here was outstanding. the best Ive had in a long time. Not a huge food selection, but if you want poutine, you wont be dissapointed.

The bad: The service was slooow. I probably waited about 30 minutes to be served my 1st beer. And then it took another 20 minutes to pay at the end. They only had 2 people working there, and with a lot of people ordered flights, they were just very understaffed. Nice guys, but way to slow

Overall, great food, fantastic beer. I hope your not in a rush
Oct 14, 2013
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Came here on a rainy Saturday afternoon for their 2nd anniversary. Tucked in the Eastern Townships in an unassuming town, this brewery is rustic, cozy and on the rise on the local beer scene.

Beer selection was great with 2 casks plus various barrel-aged offerings. The anniversary beers were available to go and they always have their six-packs available for take-out. The food was good but limited, a few gourmet poutines. Eloi, the head brewer, was right there talking with a few customers and feeling the vibe. Even if the weather was disagreeable, the small pub was packed and many had brought their kids (there's a note in their ad that says they welcome the whole family).

A little out of the way for me but i thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would detour here again for sure.
May 27, 2013
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Reviewed by olivianjeremie from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
This is a good pub. They have there own beers on tap, 8 at the time. Two were out. You can get there bottles of beer too. The food is ok, about 5 items to order from poutine to wings. Service was good. Went in the afternoon, so there were familes there with kids. Nice enviroment.
May 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Goldorak from Canada (QC)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Believe it or not, Québec has it's own little wine country. Granted, most of it is plunk, especially the reds, but some can make a decent table white or icewine. Thankfully a few great cider houses are nearby. Anyways, it's in the heart of the eastern townships that Jean Gadoua and his two brothers decided to set up shop for their brewpub/brewery operation, called brewers and brothers.

I found the place totally by accident, I had a wedding around there and our B&B was only a hundred yards from the pub. The B&B people were late to open up their place, the wedding was in less than an hour and my GF and I needed a place to change. When I saw the sign I figured what the hell. Jean let us use his bathroom, so while Mel was in there fighting to zip up her dress I was able to take in a few samplers.

Too bad it was raining cats and dogs outside, because the patio looked fantastic, it's going to be an awesome place to hang out this summer. The bar inside is warm and intimate with plain, sober décor, and almost everything in there was either hand made by the brothers and their friends or fixed up by them. They made the bar (an interesting green color but it works), made the tables from scratch, repaired, stripped and varnished all the stools and chairs, even did some of the electrical wiring. Really nice job. It's an island bar in the center with tables all around, a little chill out section with couches, and a big round table in a corner, perfect for a game of poker. The place was a little deserted on a Saturday night, but the weather was lousy and the place barely opened a month ago. The shit-kicker bar next door was full of local hicks, hopefully they'll switch to this place eventually, but for now tourists passing through and a few non-conservative natives are the base clientele.

4 Beers were available on-tap, a refreshing blonde, a nice bitter, a surprisingly good brown ale (I say that because I happen to not be a big fan of the style, so it's a feat for me to try one that I actually enjoy. Jean told me it was one of his oldest homebrew recipies, so he's been tweaking it for years) and a very well made dubbel that I had a few glasses of after the wedding reception. Since the place was quiet one of the brothers gave me a quick tour of their brewing equipment in the back, in a big, spacious warehouse. The place looked spotless, always a good sign. They started bottling some of their products, it should hit the stores soon once they get labelling issues figured out. Only food available was chips, they were tempted at first to open up a kitchen but decided to concentrate on Beer for now, kudos to them. They will let you bring in outside food however.

Altogether a great experience, small lineup but I'd rather see 4 solid offerings than a multitude of crap, though Mel was a bit dissapointed that there wasn't a Wit or something more up her tastebud alley. Only about an hour away from Montreal, and really close to the US border.

---Update, Jan 2007---

I've bumped up his scores, as my return visit was just as enjoyable as my first, the Beers were just as good and the service impecabble. And Mel finally got her Wit, and she loved it. They now sell Beer to go, too!
May 23, 2006
Brasserie Dunham in Dunham, QC, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1723 ratings