Brewing good times in Gatineau
If you ask a local where you can go to get a good beer in Gatineau, they will no doubt lead you straight to Les Brasseurs du Temps. Over the past few years, this microbrewery, restaurant and local beer museum has both celebrated and carried on Hull’s proud brewing tradition.
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Beer is a long-standing institution in Gatineau, particularly in Hull, the oldest and most central part of the city. Decades ago, during prohibition, the city was almost considered a “little Chicago”. “We called it Happytown,” recalls Alain Geoffroy, one of the four pillars of Les Brasseurs du temps.
Three years ago, Les Brasseurs du temps In 1821, the founder of the Hull county, Philemeon Wright, established the first brewery in the region on the banks of what would become the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery creek).
In May of 2009, the owners decided to renovate a historic building in Hull that had remained unoccupied for 5 years and left in a state of repair. The building housed a brewery/distillery from as early as 1821, when Philemeon Wright, founder of the Hull country, established the first brewery in the region on the banks of what would become the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery creek). The building later served as a medical dispensary, an axe factory, and even a water tower!
Let there be beer
Today, Les Brasseurs du temps (BDT for regulars) is a hotspot of life in Gatineau, as much for heterosexuals as it is for gays and lesbians, who often frequent the establishment.
The masters of the house are deeply proud of their 35 different beers, of which 17 are available at any one time. L’Allumante (hazelnuts and caramel) or the very pious and sweet Messe de Minuit (“Midnight Mass” – anise, orange and grape), Et la lumière fut! (“Let there be light” – pear, honey, grain) are among the beers recently featured.
Their food is carefully prepared with local products and the menu features many dishes made with beer (elk made with La diable au corps, bouillabaisse made with Blonde facile) as well as a selection of standard fare such as tapas, burgers and sandwiches. They also have a large sunny terrace as well as a basement where they host events such as cabaret nights and beer tastings.
Les Brasseurs du temps
170 rue Montcalm (Gatineau)
(819) 205-4999 ext 1