Orpailleur vineyard, Eastern Townships
Photo credit: Claude Dagenais
Fall is here and the time is ripe for filling up on the region’s colours and flavours. Whether you’re enjoying some fine dining, a pub meal or a spirited conversation, the right drink can make all the difference. The Eastern Townships
are already famous for wine production thanks to its two wine routes, but did you know about the other beverages made in the region? Here’s a chance to discover craft beers, cider and other products making headway in the Townships.
Not your average beer!
Fans of microbreweries will be curious to learn more about local production. The know-how of Townships brewers is second to none and beers produced in the region are of exceptional quality. If you find yourself in Sherbrooke, the Lion d’Or pub and microbrewery, one of the oldest in Quebec, serves up pub fare, offers beer tastings and gives tours of the brewing facilities. Another interesting place is the Siboire, housed in an old train station where the brewing vats are set up for all to see. What’s more, people say the fish ‘n’ chips there are the best in the province!
Domaine Ives Hill, Eastern Townships
Celebrate apple season in the orchards of the Townships, but also in the cider houses! At Vergers de la Colline, get the best of both with apple-picking and cider-tasting activities. Have your cider flat or sparkling, or try ice or fire cider – there’s something for everyone. Travellers looking for original liqueurs will not be disappointed in the Eastern Townships: blackcurrant liqueur is produced at Domaine Ives Hill. And as for those with a sweet tooth, maple liqueur can be purchased at l’Érable à son meilleur.
Take the harvesting road
During the harvest, the Route des vendanges invites you to visit 28 vineyards, but that’s not all! Taste the Townships through chocolates, pâtés, terrines and duck and rabbit products. Participate in the traditional pressing of the grapes at Domaine du Ridge, taste wines and homegrown products and stock up on produce when you go fruit- and vegetable-picking.