The largest craft beer festival in Quebec recorded a good edition this year with 54 123 visitors setting foot in the Fort Chambly National Park. Despite unstable weather, over 10 000 people braved the rain on Sunday to discover the 66 microbreweries, 24 restaurants and 16 vineyards and cider works on-site. It is without a doubt a year to remember in terms of diversified programming!

The results are very positive, as mentioned by Claude Demers, Concept B General Manager: “It is heartwarming to see that after 17 editions, visitors, exhibitors and volunteers’ interest is still very strong. Despite 2 rainy days, we notice the visitors are still there and the enthusiasm surrounding this festival keeps on growing.”

2018 highlights

The eclectic music programing made a lot of people very happy! Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project and Pépé et sa guitare shows created the most electrifying vibe that weekend! Karim Ouellet and King Melrose were also very popular and appreciated. The Grande Brasse, a highly anticipated moment for avid craft beers amateurs, was won by La Memphré microbrewery with their La Sour avec ananas, a sour wheat beer with 
3,1% alcohol. Its thirst-quenching and fruity taste seduced the jury, against its adversary La Crise Existentielle from La Souche microbrewery.

The festival’s musts

These musts are worth mentioning since they attract many visitors:

  • For a 2nd year, the Chapiteau des Saveurs hosted “Meet the Brewers” led by beer expert and speaker, Martin Thibault. Goodspeed Brewery, Trailway Brewing and Wunderkammer Bier were the guests of honour this year.
  • The sale of water bottles on the site was abolished this year. Free water dispensers were made available on the site to encourage reusable bottles. An innovative ecological idea that will most certainly be renewed next year!
  • For a fourth year now, a stand offering beers from Barcelona was present at the festival. In collaboration with the Barcelona Beer Festival, visitors were able to sample collaborative beers created by brewers from Quebec and Spain.


Innovations that Are Creating a Buzz

Several innovations captured the hearts of this year’s visitors:

  • The hosting of a beer quiz in the Chapiteau des Saveurs by Randolph was a great success with beer and games fans. A true winning combination!
  • The “Introduction to beer at the table” workshops by Yan Lortie, columnist and beer sommelier, created a real buzz among visitors. The proof that beer and food pairing should not be overlooked!
  • Cocktails workshops with Gabrielle Panaccio, mixologist and owner of Le Lab bars, were particularly popular with visitors who were invited to create their own cocktail.
  • Bières et Saveurs de Chambly’s initiative to go green this year was strongly saluted. New eco-responsible measures were implemented such as abolishing plastic straws and cups. Cardboard straws were available on demand at the Caribü cocktails stand.
  • Visitors were also able to enjoy a more ecological shuttle service thanks to several electric car shuttles.


On our Way Towards the 18th Edition

It’s official! The Bières et Saveurs festival will be back for its 18th edition from August 30th to September 2nd 2019, at the Fort Chambly National Park. Concept B is already planning for this next edition and they promise to deliver. A 20th edition is already in the organizers’ sight.