The city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada is known for its cultural diversity, innovation, and international appreciation. Hopfenstark, a brewery based not 45 minutes from the center of the city, clearly reflects the same values of its home region.

Since its beginnings, the brewery has churned out a range of beers that draw inspiration from regions across the globe. Pales and IPA’s and Barleywines with American influence, K.lsch and Helles contributions of Germanic descent, and Belgian styles in spades.

This very prolific producer has taken on the task of developing their own versions of countless customary beer styles, but also of adding their own individual stamp to them. Take their Boson de Higgs, for example. Is this a Berliner Weiss? Because it certainly demonstrates the tart, lactic qualities and light, wheaty body that we’ve come to expect from one. Except they’ve incorporated a restrained smoke character that is totally inimitable. Or you can select from their line of saisons that changes seasonally exhibiting their commitment to constant innovation.

It is their declared intent to make quality, uncompromisingly crafted beers. And we think that they are accomplishing that effortlessly, and no doubt making Montreal proud.



Saison Station 55

Style: Hoppy Saison, 55 IBU
ABV: 6.5%

Saison Station 16

Style: Rye Saison
ABV: 6%

Saison Station 7

Style: Spiced Saison
ABV: 5%

Boson de Higgs

Style: Smoked Berliner Weisse Saison
ABV: 3.8%

Ostalgia Blonde

Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 5%

Ostalgia Rousse

Style: Alt Bier
ABV: 5%


At A Glance:


Fred Cormier


Montreal, Canada



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