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Did you know that Saint Arnould is the patron saint of brewers? This appropriately named brewery gives thanks to their patron saint by crafting delicious brews. Locally named beers give a nod to the Laurentides region. So much variety and flavor!
This kitschy brewery in the Laurentides is located just off the main highway in what looks like a large lodge. The inside is decorated with empty beer bottles of every brand imaginable, both large producers and other small breweries. Metal wall signs, some vintage, feature other brands. They fully committed to the theme of the love of beer!
Located in Mont Tremblant, this brewery is further away from Montreal than others but is perfectly situated during ski season. Their craft beers come in many different styles. As a full service restaurant, the menu offers a large food selection and regular alcohol options including wines and cocktails. And you’ve earned one of their delicious craft beers after a day on the slopes or hiking in the region! We were staying in nearby Mont Saint Sauveur, so we only had a thirty minute drive.
When we visited, there were 12 beers on tap. So of course we ordered a flight! They had flights of 4, 8 and 10 beers since their flight glasses only held 2oz. We started with their 10 regular beers:
Muchacha – Mexican style lager with a 4% ABV and 16 IBU. Really delicious.
Blanche des Anges – White wheat ale with a 4% ABV and 20 IBU.
P’tit Train du Nord – American Pale Ale with a 5.5% ABV and 35 IBU.
Marie Framboise – Wheat beer with raspberries with a 5% ABV and 16 IBU.
Rivière Rouge – Red ale with a 5.5% ABV and 30 IBU.
Vlimeuse – Strong smooth bitter with a 6.2% ABV and 28 IBU.
Intrigante IPA – West coast IPA (yes, I tried an IPA), with a 8% ABV and 70 IBU.
L’Évêque – A Belgian double with 8.5% ABV and 23 IBU. So yummy!
L’Or Noir – A Stout with coffee tones and a 5.5% ABV and 54 IBU. Only available in the summer.
Saison Tremblant – A saison/farmhouse ale with a 4.5% ABV and 50 IBU. Only available in the summer.
They also had two limited edition beers, which we hadn’t noticed when we first ordered, and we HAD to try them. We ordered a 4 beer flight since you cannot get less than 4 beers in a flight. If we’d known earlier, we would have ordered a flight of 8 and a flight of 4!
The limited beers were:
Triple Du XXIème – Belgian tripel with a 9.5% ABV and 30 IBU.
La Repousse – A session IPA prepared in conjunction with Le Baril Roulant, with a 3.9% ABV.
I realize that I’m like an old broken record, but I know what I like and what I like are the Belgians. My favorite craft beer here was the Blanche des Anges, although several others were pretty delicious as well.
Looking online, the website only showed appetizers but the menu was extensive. The menu featured burgers, pizza, pastas and appetizers. This is the first time I saw a full children’s menu at a brewery!
We shared a plate of disappointing nachos. Our chicken nachos featured strips of cold chicken on top of the nachos, not terrific. We didn’t try anything else and we did visit during an off peak time, so maybe that explains the less than stellar quality of the nachos.
Considering how many people were working in the kitchen and in the front of the house, I was surprised that Daisy, our bartender, seemed like only one of two people hussling and serving tables and customers. A half-dozen other workers stood around talking to each other. We had a question about the type of hop used in one of the beers which our bartender couldn’t answer. She asked the brewer, who was busy chatting with the waitresses. At any other brewery, when we’ve asked a technical question, the brewer comes to talk to us or someone else comes to answer more questions. This time, he continued his flirting. Even though we came during an off-peak time (in the middle of the afternoon between lunch and dinner), the service staff (other than Daisy) were really disappointing and I hope not an indication of what to expect while they’re busy.
I’m hoping that this was typical but I really enjoyed the music selection – think Police, AC/DC, Queen – the hits of the 70s and 80s. Thursdays and Saturdays, live music acts perform.
The children’s menu is a clue that children are welcomed here. There are also changing tables in the unisex bathroom. While I didn’t see any games, this was more of a restaurant, so I wasn’t too surprised. I saw no dogs but it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that they might be able to sit outside. In general, I didn’t see as many dogs in Canada at breweries as I do in the States.
If you have a large group and want a large selection of beers and food, Saint-Arnauld is a great choice! There are plenty of options for all tastes, ages, and preferences.
Check out their website for more information: www.saintarnould.com.
Annick, The Common Traveler