Québec City at its Best
8 Craft Beer Festivals in Québec City and Area
With tons of great festivals and events season after season, Québec City is hopping all year round. And with so many festivals dedicated to our talented craft brewers, you could even say it’s all about the hops! So grab a buddy, grab a pint, and get tasting!
1 Le Festibière de Québec
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With ten sudsy years under its belt, Festibière de Québec is now firmly established as one of Québec’s biggest beer gatherings of the year. Thousands of people descend on Bassin Louise in the city’s Old Port for the festival, which lasts a full four days and four nights and draws around a hundred different microbreweries from around the province. Craft beer, live music, food trucks, presentations, entertainment, and giant games are all part of the fabulous beer‑tasting experience that is Festibière de Québec. Mid-August
2 Winter Warmer
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If you’re going to beat the February chill, you’ll need to circle back to the Grand Marché de Québec (Québec City's public market) for a cozy winter pint or two. Here, it’s all about full‑bodied beers with slightly stronger flavours and, for the most part, a higher alcohol content. Falling right in the middle of the Québec Winter Carnival, the Winter Warmer is an event unlike any other, with folk singers, a festive, laid‑back vibe, and kegs of beer brewed specially for the event and tapped over the course of the evening. If you like a good imperial stout, barley wine, or Belgian‑style dubbel or tripel, this is going to be your new happy place. The Winter Warmer usually held in early February.
3 Festival des Brasseurs et Artisans de Québec
Founded by La Souche microbrewery, this weekend festival in Limoilou is a celebration of the fine brewers established in Québec’s capital city and a showcase for local painters, jewellers, sculptors, designers, visual artists, and more. This is a family‑friendly festival, with food trucks, live entertainment, and a special zone for kids, all on the gorgeous tree‑filled grounds of Domaine de Maizerets. End of August
4 Grand Cru Brassicole
This event, part of the Québec Exquis! food festival, showcases Québec’s finest craft beers, pairing them with delicious themed appies. Foodies will love the three‑hour tasting session, which gives you plenty of time to discover new brews. The Grand Cru Brassicole is a unique experience for craft beer lovers, to be held in April, at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
5 100% IPA
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Born out of the “Je bois local” (Drink Local) movement, this event was created especially for IPA lovers and has become THE spring event for anyone who enjoys a good hoppy brew. Go for all the tasty local beer on tap (nearly thirty!), the comfort food, the live music, and the fantastic location: the original hall of Saint‑Fidèle Church in Limoilou. Early May
6 Commission Brassicole
The founders of Saint‑Casimir’s Grands Bois microbrewery invite you to their home village for a special one‑day outdoor event. With live bands, a welcoming vibe, and fifteen microbreweries on site, this is the perfect way to dive into the local culture and taste some great beer. Mid-June
7 Foire brassicole du quartier Saint-Sauveur
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The neighbourhood of Saint‑Sauveur teams up with Griendel craft brewery to give beer lovers one last chance to get together before winter hits. This is a weekend for relaxing beside the wood‑fired kettle, dancing, enjoying tasty dishes prepared by local restaurants, and sampling delicious craft beers. A great excuse to get your friends out and have a good time. The Foire brassicole du quartier Saint-Sauveur usually held in early October.
8 La Foire Brassicole de la Jacques-Cartier
A two‑day festival awaits on a magical site along the Jacques‑Cartier River in the municipality of Sainte‑Catherine. With restaurants, shows, artists, craftspeople, a family zone, and over ten microbreweries, it’s great fun for everyone! Early August