I visited the 3 Brasseurs brewpub last week in downtown Montreal (there are five locations in the Montreal area) and asked my waitress if she could tell me when the brew master would be in, and whether I could interview him about his brewing choices (in hopes of publishing his responses on the Know Your Brewer – KYB blog). Her response totally caught me off guard and illustrated a little known fact about businesses in French Canada. She told me that the brewer would be in the next morning – early – but that he wouldn’t be able to give me any insights because the choice of what to brew is made by restaurant owners – IN FRANCE! She added that he might be willing to talk to me about what he brews as a home brewer (they have choices at home) – just not for the brewpub. (I realized then that the “early morning hours” were likely to accommodate his bosses’ hours in France.)
WOW! I couldn’t believe that brewing choices came down from – France – for a Canadian set of restaurants – in the 21st Century? I ignorantly thought that these practices went out with Canadian confederation in 1867, but I realize that many multinational companies headquartered in France (with divisions in the U.S.) function in the same way.
I enjoyed a nice pint of their local IPA with my meal, but I never returned to interview the brewer. It just didn’t make sense when he simply followed the rules as set by his superiors in France. Perhaps in a future visit to France I can arrange a visit to 3 Brasseurs headquarters if such one exists.
Meanwhile, it’s a brewpub worth visiting if you are in Montreal – they feature a good choice of local microbrews brewed on site as well as French wines and a good menu featuring a specialty dish like pizza. Bon appetit!
Have a good (tasting) weekend!
The (un)official beer goddess.