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Guide to the 2014 Montreal Beer Fest

Festival Mondial de la bière 2014

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Photo courtesy of the Mondial de la Bière
Don't miss this year's Montreal beer festival, the Mondial de la bière, running Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Montreal Beer Festival 2014: 21st Edition Highlights
In addition to offering up over 500 different beers, meads, ciders and other beverages for taste testing consumption including more than 200 beers new to the Mondial de la Bière.

Eat!
Previous years featured deer, kangaroo, bison and wild boar on stick, different breads, cheese appetizers, bavarian pretzels, poutine, fudge, nougat, smoked meat sandwiches, a variety of sausages and other treats sold on location.

Purchase Tasting Coupons
While admission to the Montreal Beer Fest is free, tasting a brew -- offered in three to four ounce servings -- requires coupons sold near the front entrance or in advance, online. Each serving usually costs anywhere from one to five coupons. Expect twenty to thirty coupons to last about two hours at $1 a coupon in 2014.

Beat the Beer Fest Lineups
Your best bet for avoiding lineups is to pre-purchase beer tasting coupons. Factor in 30 to 60 tickets to cover an evening at the beer fest since it generally costs between 2 and 6 coupons to sample one brew. Samples are usually 3 to 4 ounces each. Details on pre-purchasing beer coupons here.

Know Your Beer
Loving your Montreal beer fest experience? Bring it s step further and become a beerologist. learn how to smell, taste and know your beer. Teachers from Montreal beer school the École de Biérologie MBière will be at the festival offering workshops and to answer any questions on professional beer certification. Call (514) 722-9640 for more information.

Montreal Beer Festival Hours of Operation
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 14, 2014
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 15, 2014

Where
Palais des congrès (map)

Getting There
Place d'Armes Metro

Getting Home
Consider opting for a cab or Montreal's public transit system instead of driving to the Montreal beer fest. But if for whatever reason, you intend to have your car with you (calculate how much you can drink and still drive with this tool), sign up for Point Zero 8, a fabulous designated driver service available year-round. Once you sign up, the service is cheaper than a Montreal cab and they'll drive your car home for you, hassle-free!

Admission
Free entrance. The Beer Fest tasting glass costs $10, twice as much as the reusable plastic cups but some festival goers (your humble expert included) swear by the glass over the $5 disposable plastic cups. What can I say? Beer just tastes better in a glass. Remember to purchase tasting coupons for $1 a piece.

Learn more about the Mondial de La Bière, Montreal's primo beer fest. And visit the Montreal Beer Festival Mondial de la bière website for a complete listing of workshops and activities.

*Some of my favorites may or may not be available at the 2014 edition. Make a bee line for beerologist Serge Noël, who usually mans Le Petit Pub Européen, and ask the kind gent for the low down. Tell him About.com's Evelyn Reid, who can still taste her chug of Cuvée van de Keiser Blauw, sent you ;-)

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