Toronto Vs Montreal and Ontario Vs Quebec this is a tough one when it comes to beer. This is going to be a multi part blog entry…

Beer at Bar’s

Not sure that anything will knock Guinness out of my #1 Spot… it’s not a beer for every occasion but it’s my go to beer. It my session beer, I can drink it all not and not get wasted.

Ontario

Some of my best memories with friends in Ontario were a one of our locals over a few “pints” from small brewers…

Upper Canada in it’s several flavours was possibly my second favorite. When it was on it’s own I knew the Sales rep at about 3 different bars. They would at a minimum at least say hi if you were drinking Upper Canada. The one guy who called on my main local did not care what I was drinking but would stop and chat for 10 15 minutes. Every now and then a pint or pitcher would just show up… no charge or an order of wings… It was not expected or needed  but it was a nice touch. Once they were bought out… new reps, who did not seem to have the time to say hi, is the beer Ok? As soon as a micro or small breweries get a good following one of the bigger breweries tries to buy it. With in months of being bought… the beer goes down hill. The availability at the bars start to be spotty because it not being shipped as regularly as it use to

Then there is the anti-beer attitude in some bars. If you are drinking beer some how you are not a real customer… If your not ordering fancy drinks your not what they want… I put up with it once, because stuff can happen… but 2 times I do not come back, not even it the girl friend demands it. The reward may be great but some hoops are not worth it.

Quebec

In Quebec, still looking for what will be MY LOCAL, it just a lot of nice or great bar around where I live and downtown, but I am working on one…. but it will take time as I am not going out as often as I  use to.

The micro breweries are available at different bars, so I go to is some what dependent on what I feel like drinking.. still working on meeting the sales rep’s… but it will happen.

Have not been in Quebec long enough to see a buy out yet. But in talking to the staff at bars and friends there does not seen to be the buy out thing going on there. The small and micro beer is usually in stock and ready to go.

Have not found an anti-beer attitude in Montreal. Even at a very high end bar no attitude  when you order a beer. 3 of us had 5 beer’s waiting to get a table for dinner at the bar (the bill was about $49 with out tax for beer in a bottle) the girl was quick, friendly, and willing to put up with my really bad french…

Plus the later hours in Montreal…

I will share some of my favorite bars in Montreal in a latter post

Over all Montreal KICKS Toronto’s butt in the bar race…