La Barberie microbrewery in Quebec City

La Barberie microbrewery in Quebec City

Here is Barry McCullough’s first beer column for Life in Quebec.

The Background
Starting operations in 1997, La Barberie is an institution amongst Quebec City’s microbreweries.

The cool thing about La Barberie is that is actually a cooperative which focuses on sustainable development.

If you’ve never been to their tasting room on rue St. Roch, you’ve surely at least seen their beers somewhere.

They have a fairly wide bottle distribution across the province.

The Beer
Beer name: IPA 2.0 (Cask)
Beer style: American IPA
ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 5.0%
Bitterness: 7/10 on La Barberie’s ‘Amertume’ scale
Serving type: Cask

What is cask beer, you might ask? Essentially, it is unfiltered beer, usually ale, which is transferred into casks. It is then carbonated and the cask sealed. The beer experiences a final fermentation in the cask. As you might have guessed the beer is served directly from the cask and without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. There are many articles on the internet that go much, much deeper into what a cask ale is, include the benefits and comparisons vs. draft beer.

The atmosphere at La Barberie is possibly the best amongst the region’s microbreweries. On the night I was there, they had the Habs game on in the tasting room on the left side of the establishment. The Habs won, which made the half of the room that was paying attention to the game happy. There are snacks available on site, but if nothing on the menu tickles your fancy or you’re looking for a fuller meal, they invite you to bring your own food or order in from one of the nearby joints that deliver.

IPA 2.0 pours a deep golden colour with a nice head typical of a cask ale. It gives off an aroma of citrus and pine, which matches the taste. As advertised, there is a good amount of bitterness, but it doesn’t linger.

All in all, it’s a pretty good representation of a Cask Ale and one of the few places in town where you can actually get one.

Price per pint: $6

Location: 310, rue St-Roch, Québec QC

Categories: Arts & Culture, Opinion

About Author

Barry McCullough

I’m a bit of a beer geek, a label I wear somewhat proudly. I talk about beer a lot and there are too many beers to count being brewed in Quebec these days. I write about them and shed a little light on what’s happening in Quebec’s still-expanding craft beer scene.

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