There are beer songs. And now, there are beer stories. Storyteller Éric Michaud weaves tales inspired by beer labels while the audience sips on beer, at the Vieille Brasserie in Lachine on Thursday.
C’est boire qui conte! is presented by Le Château Ramezay and La Musée de Lachine in the old Dawes Brewery building on the waterfront.
The brewery opened in 1811 and became a major employer in the region, with the hops and barley grown in nearby fields. The brewery was best known for its production of Black Horse Ale.
The evening’s program is shared by Michaud and beer sommelier Stéphane Morin and is conducted in French.
Morin, a beer historian, talks about the history of the beverage and shares the finer points of beer personality, offering a taste of four types of beer. On the menu are Trois-Pistoles (Sle-emans Unibroue Inc.), Cheval Blanc (Les Brasseurs RJ) and two Griffon beers produced by Brasserie Mc-Auslan. Michaud tells a story inspired by both the beer’s label and traditional Quebec folk tales in between each tasting.
“(Michaud) really draws you in,” Musée de Lachine’s Isabelle Lessard said. “He uses different voices to create colourful characters and makes his own odd sound effects. It’s really funny. He also plays an accordion-type instrument.”
The audience also gets a sneak peek at a new exhibition tracing the history of Black Horse Ale and its old publicity campaigns.
“It’s not scheduled to open until the end of the month,” Lessard said. “But people who attend the beer tasting and storytelling get to peek ‘backstage’ to see the work-in-progress.”
Because beer is being served, you must be at least 18 years old to attend.
C’est boire qui conte! is at the Vieille Brasserie, 2801 St. Joseph Blvd. in Lachine, Thursday, at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Reservations are recommended. Call 514-634-3471, ext. 302. For info, visit museedelachine.com.
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