What could be more refreshing that a tasty brew after a day of outdoor fun in Gaspésie? Here are 7 microbreweries you can visit for a delicious break during your vacation!
Le Ketch, Sainte-Flavie
Located by the sea in the village of Sainte-Flavie at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Le Ketch microbrewery invites you to discover its beers in a maritime atmosphere. Near the sign for this microbrewery, you can observe an actual ketch, a type of two-masted sailboat made of mahogany and oak. On site, you’ll find a tasty selection of brews made with local ingredients, including hops grown in Maria and honey produced by Vieux Moulin in Sainte-Flavie. From the patio, soak up a superb view of the St. Lawrence and the beach, where sea lymegrass grows. This is also a great place to take in spectacular sunsets!
Photo: Le Ketch
La Fabrique, Matane
The La Fabrique craft brewery offers a blackboard menu of 25 beers made on site or carefully selected from other microbreweries. Their menu includes many regulars, several seasonal or experimental brews as well as beers aged in oak barrels. The pub has a large garage door that opens onto Avenue Saint-Jérôme, the main street in Matane, and offers a lovely patio in the summer.
Photo: La Fabrique
Microbrasserie Le Malbord, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
It was La Collin, an Irish red ale, that first brought attention to the Le Malbord microbrewery. Inspired by Léon Collin, a fisherman originally from Tourelle who was also a storyteller, this beer will introduce you to the unique character of Haute-Gaspésie. Le Malbord also makes several other tasty craft beers inspired by the riches of the land and offers a few options from other microbreweries that change every few weeks. Located in a former general store, Le Malbord has given new life to this heritage building at the heart of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, within walking distance of a seaside boardwalk.
Microbrasserie Le Malbord. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis
Microbrasserie Cap Gaspé, Gaspé
A family-owned microbrewery, the Cap Gaspé Craft Brewing Co. offers you German- and American-style beers as well as seasonal beers made with local ingredients, on tap or in bottles. There’s also a tasting room and boutique on the premises. Savour their beers with delicious snacks made on site with local ingredients.
Photo: Microbrasserie Cap Gaspé
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou, Percé
Brewed near the picturesque fishing harbour of L’Anse-à-Beaufils, Pit Caribou beers are made with quality regional ingredients. You can savour them on the microbrewery’s patio as you admire the view of the sea and fishing harbour. Pit Caribou also offers a pub with a patio on the main street of the village of Percé. You’ll have many different types of beers to choose from: classic, spontaneous fermentation, limited edition and barrel-aged. While you’re there in person, make sure you try what’s only available on site! In the meantime, use the “Taste Profiler” tool on the company’s website to explore their beers and discover your beer profile.
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou. Photo: Steve Deschênes
Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur, Carleton-sur-Mer
Making a point of using the best and most local ingredients possible, Le Naufrageur offers about two dozen unique and tasty creative beers. Some are even made with seawater! If you’re not much of a beer drinker, you’ll want to try Sizz, an artisanal strawberry mint hard seltzer brewed on site. New in the summer of 2022: enjoy Le Naufrageur products in the microbrewery’s restaurant with a patio overlooking the sea. Located in the former Le Héron restaurant, at the heart of Carleton-sur-Mer, this new establishment is just up the street from the microbrewery.
Microbrasserie le Naufrageur. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie
Microbrasserie La Captive, Amqui
The La Captive microbrewery is located in a historic building in Amqui, in the Matapédia Valley, that once housed the town’s police station, jail and fire station. The menu offers a good selection of seasonal house beers as well as appetizers, salads, gourmet sandwiches, decadent burgers, fine pizzas and more. Local products and promotional items are also available in the boutique.
Photo: Microbrasserie La Captive
Map of the Route des Bières de l’Est-du-Québec
These seven microbreweries are all part of the Route des bières de l’Est-du-Québec, a beer trail with 18 microbreweries to visit in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and the Îles de la Madeleine. Together, they offer over 100 different products with unique flavours. Along the way, you can meet the brewers and find out more about their trade and methods, which will help you appreciate the fruits of their labour even more!
Photo: La Route des bières de l'Est-du-Québec
Note that all the microbreweries mentioned above offer their beers in bottles or cans as well as on tap. This means you can easily savour their products during picnics, before going out for dinner or by the fire at night. Of course, you’ll also want to stock up on their microbrews so you can continue to enjoy the flavours of Gaspésie once you get home!
Taste a good brew after a day of outdoor fun in Gaspésie!