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Microbrasserie La Chouape

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1164 Boulevard du Sacré-Coeur
Saint-Félicien, Quebec, G8K 2R2

(418) 613-0622 | map

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Added by papat444 on 06-14-2008

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The lac St-Jean region is about 6 hours away from Montreal, and my in-laws live there, so I have the joy of driving my fiance there on a regular basis. For an area that lives a lot on tourism, craft food and Beer are surprisingly scarce, but things are starting to get better, and la Chouape is on the forefront of this changing trend.

On the main street of a small town and right by the river, the location is quite nice. Plenty of parking at a nearby lot. The layout itself is very compact, split in 3 sections. As you walk in, a seating area with a few tables and local photography, next to that is the bar that has maybe 5 or 6 stools, and another small area near the patio doors. So inside this place looks packed when 20 people show up, very cozy. For a relatively new place it had a warm, worked-in feeling. Kudos for the free internet station next to the bar. Crowd on a sunny Sunday afternoon was diverse, barely legal highschoolers to older couples. Soft ambient music in the background. I'm not sure where they brew the Beers exactly as I didn't see their brewing setup, I wouldn't be surprised if it were done off-site. The menu states that the Beers are brewed with locally grown organic barley, wheat and hops. Hop vines were used as decorations on the walls and ceilings, a very nice touch.

Service was slow but nice, I think our lone waitress was a little overwhelmed by the amount of people, and eventually called for backup. She had basic knowledge of the Beers, which was fine by me, because the blackboard and menu had enough info to satisfy me.

5 taps and one bottled brew were available, all ales. Basic styles like a blonde, a wit and a bitter, with a seasonal blueberry Beer and an oatmeal stout. The bottled Beer was an IPA. I got to try the last two, and quality was pretty good, better than I expected in fact. If this place experienced "growing pains" like so many startups do, it seems they have outgrown them already because the Beers I tried were good and had no obvious flaws. Even my fiance's blueberry Beer, a style that is usually a trainwreck in most pubs, was palatable, wasn't infected at all and tasted like the real thing. The other rotating bottled Beers on the menu who weren't available for the moment looked interesting as well. Pints were about 5$, with 500 mL bottles at 6$, decent prices for organic Beer in an area still dominated by micros.

A very enjoyable experience, I felt totally at home here. Was it "but the T-shirt" worthy? It was for me. And this place is only 20 minutes away from the in-laws' house, so it'll definately make family visits more enjoyable for me.

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Microbrasserie La Chouape in Saint-Félicien, QC, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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