Brasserie Dunham are the Bellwoods of Quebec. While they’ve only been around since 2012, they have exuded excellence with their typically Belgian-style beers, forward thinking collaborations and labyrinth-like complex which includes a bar, restaurant, art store and auberge (youth hostel).
We were super stoked to arrange a podcast with Eloi Deit, Head Brewer and Co-Owner of Dunham, as he’s not only a great bloke but he’s revered in the Quebec beer scene. He started off as a brewer at Montreal’s first brewpub, Le Cheval Blanc, and eventually made his way to Dunham permanently, bringing his unique brewing style to the operation. Focusing primarily on saisons, stouts, all things barrel-aged and even some great stuff from their relatively new foeders (which came from California’s Saint Adarius), Dunham are most certainly a must-try Quebec brewery.
Our favorite learning of the afternoon was that they’re running an incredible festival called Foudres Unis (Foeders United) on Saturday August 11th with some of the greatest breweries in the world – from Cantillon to Other Half, Auval to The Bruery, Modern Times to Jester King, Night Shift to Hill Farmstead, this is by far the greatest festival lineup we have ever seen. We bought our tickets immediately as they’re almost sold out, so for our American or out of province friends, do it – it’s 100% worth the trip to Quebec.
We really love the brewery-run festivals – and we can’t quite put our finger on why. Maybe it’s because the brewers are genuinely friends with the other invited brewers so they’re there for the right reasons. Maybe it’s because you know it’s not strictly a money making opportunity, rather a moment to just share great beer with great people. Whatever it is, we love it, we’re here for it and we can’t bloody wait.
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