Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1219 Crescent St.
Montréal, Quebec

(514) 393-9277 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Headed over here with BA Erica after a quiet but sunny Sunday afternoon at the recent 2006 Mondiale. An easy walk, it was the first time I had ventured into Tourist Central, previous bar visits were a little off the beaten track.

The idea to head here was a collaborative effort, standing at the Brutopia stall at the Mondiale it seemed logical to make the short walk here once we wrapped up the afternoon session. Stone frontage with as red-tiled Mansard style roof which lends a European flavor to the architecture. A black steel raised deck area sits high with a whole flight of stairs to get to the entrance, a few steps lead down to a ground area too.

Inside it’s a honeycomb of rooms, alcoves, nooks and crannies which projects an old feel. Bare bricked walls, well worn wooden floors and lots of music posters adorn the walls. The bar area sits in between two brick columns against the back wall. A staircase to the left leads up to the toilets, outside which a shuffleboard game sits, a cool touch. The main bar area is open, a stage is directly opposite the bar and houses bands and open mike events. A room leads off to the back on the left, where the copper clad Brewery sits, as well as off to the right too, where there is access to an outside back terrace area. Darkly painted walls and low lighting all help to conspire and create a darkened interior with a distinct Pub-like feel to it.

The bar has two sets of taps, each set in a wooden case atop the bar. To the left they dispense the houses brews, whilst taps to the right the macros are served.

Large Chalkboard behind the bar has two large snowmen drawn on it, each lists beers on offer:
Snowman #1 is titled “House” and priced at $5.50 a Pint, #3.50 for a Half. Lists: IPA, Chocolate Stout, Honey Brown, Nut Brown, Honey Beer, Rye Beer, Raspberry Blonde and Xtra Blonde finishing with Ginger & Mary Ann.
Snowman #2 is titled (rather misleadingly) “Micro” and priced at $6.00 a Pint, #3.50 for a Half. Lists: Moosehead, Blanche de ble, Carlsberg, Apricot Wheat, Chanvre Rouge finishing with Cidre du Minot, at $7.00 a Pint. Guinness and Kilkenny are listed inside a Crescent Moon, each at $7.00 a Pint.

I tried the IPA, so-so. Erica’s Rye beer had a similar taste to that of the IPA, sort of a house-beer taste. Not so sure about the quality of the beers, nothing outstanding but not terrible.

Food is limited to pub-like snacks but varied and includes Nachos, a good range of Tapas, Fries, Onion Rings, Bru-to-Burgers, Pizza, Calamari and Sandwiches and all reasonably priced given the high priced tourist enclave outside.

Service was fine, it was quiet when we headed in here, only a few guys were drinking in the back room, so the chap behind the bar had time to be talkative and chatty.

You have to take this place with a pinch of salt, moreso given its location in tourist land nearby to English bars with names like Churchill’s, but that said, it’s far from a tourist “trap” once inside and whilst the prices are higher than the norm they are less than the other establishments here on Crescent. The interior and atmosphere is cool, but the quality of the house beers, which I tried here and at the Mondiale, do not live up to the hype sadly.

Last Visit: Sunday 4th June, 2006.

Jun 12, 2006
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cratez from Canada

3/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Visited with a group of friends on a recent trip to Montreal.

Had the following beers on tap:
Brutopia India Pale Ale
Brutopia Chocolate Stout

While we liked the old fashioned pub atmosphere, the beer quality was well below average (akin to mediocre home brew) and the service left a lot to be desired. Overall, this is a subpar brewery that isn't worth your time, as there are much better options in Montreal. Check out Dieu du Ciel!, Isle de Garde, Hopfenstark Station, Benelux, or Le Saint Bock instead.

Feb 14, 2020
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coombski from Maine

3.97/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Jul 14, 2019
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Noelito76 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

May 26, 2019
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Best chicken wings!!

Jun 14, 2018
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Tarheel219 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Jun 20, 2017
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eberesford from Canada

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Quiet mid afternoon - perhaps not typical time, but happy to have visited this venerable institution and was certainly not disappointed.

May 12, 2017
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kevINSIGHT from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5

Went on a weeknight so it was kind of quiet, but the beers were bland and a bit flat. Waitress was nice enough to bring samples, but all underwhelmed.

Aug 05, 2016
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tjcamm from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Feb 08, 2016
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TimWakimika from Canada

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Decent food, good service, but their beer is really pretty bad. Even their water doesn't taste great (they may make the beer with it...). All of their beers seem to have the same odd aftertaste.

Oct 10, 2015
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e_beaulieu from Canada

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 08, 2015
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smccaffr39 from Canada

1/5  rDev -73%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Ordered what was branded an "IPA". No idea what the atrocity was in the glass handed to me, though. Considering we found this place through BA, we were convinced we were at the wrong place, but sure enough, this was the place.

Sep 05, 2015
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Their beers are not great. Benelux has much better beers. They do 10oz pours and pints, but I wish they did samplers.

Great vibe. We went there by chance and liked it so much we came back for a concert the next night.

There was a straight 10 bartender working there.

Aug 19, 2015
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jophish17 from Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Random collection of rooms and patios. Poor quality beer but the service was solid and the food was alright. Would not re-visit with so many great places in town

Jun 09, 2015
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Feb 10, 2015
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Toujours une groupe sur-scène, des bières plusieurs, et des amis partout!

Feb 02, 2015
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Nov 30, 2014
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kmos27 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Oct 26, 2014
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Oct 14, 2014
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TheDoctor from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Sep 17, 2014
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Dewso from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sep 06, 2014
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darnzy from Canada

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jul 17, 2014
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YamagamiTravis from Canada

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jun 18, 2014
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sdaly3 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jun 09, 2014
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stpatty from Canada

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I love Brutopia. The beer is outstanding and I would recommend the place to anyone. The only thing that gets me is the lack of innovation. I doubt that has anything to do with the brewer(s). I'll assume their location requires them to pump out the same beers over and over again. That's alright but I wish they were a little more adventurous. Overall the place is great, laid back, and perfect for sipping on a pint.

Jun 03, 2014
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