Microbrasserie Charlevoix 2
Festibière d'hiver , Gatineau's winter beer festival has moved to a new location this year! Now inside the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Civilisation), it's much more accessible and is considered part of the National Capital Regions' Winterlude celebrations!!
Running Friday January 31st : 5 pm to 2 am and Saturday February 1st : 5 pm to 2 am it promises to be a good time! Along with beer (of course) the weekend program includes winter activities, live entertainment and gourmet appetizers to munch on! Not to mention the enormous bonfire to warm you up if you venture outside.
There is lots of parking on-site and on nearby streets, however if bussing is your thing, the STO is also offering a free bus ride to the museum if you show your Festibière ticket.
Tickets are $10 for the weekend and can be purchased either at one of the outlets below or online. Tickets for the beer and cheese pairings workshop (in french only) with Mario D'Eer are $15.
9 Aubry Street, Hull
238 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea
960 St-Joseph Blvd., Hull
37 St-Joseph Blvd., Hull
55 Principale Street, Aylmer
Broue Ha Ha
867 Saint-René Blvd. W., Gatineau
Hope to see you there! I'll save a spot beside the bonfire!
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They
have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go
head-to-head tasting La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout by Microbrasserie Charlevoix.
A milk stout is a stout that has lactose, milk sugar, added to the brew kettle for sweetness and body. If you're vegan this beer is not for you otherwise this is a must try brew for any beer fan.
La Vache Folle pours a deep black with a light mocha head and sweet aromas of dark chocolate milk, roasted malt and raisin. The first taste is all sweet with hints of dark chocolate and coffee that progress to a slightly fruitier raisin flavour and finishes with a roasted vanilla. As it warms it seems to get sweeter with notes of chocolate milk becoming more prominent.
This is a solid stout and although it's very sweet it's also very balanced – the sweetness won't overwhelm you. Be careful though, at 9% ABV this brew does go down a bit too easy. It also induces a craving for the chocolatiest of chocolate cakes.
The Charlevoix Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a thin caramel head.
The aroma is rich with mixture of coffee and caramel with slight nuttiness.
The taste mirrors the aroma with bold coffee and subtle nut flavours and with a 9% ABV you definitely get a slight burn from the alcohol on the palate.
Overall a well balanced stout, full bodied and creamy (and delicious).
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