The Beer Industry in Montréal

Spurred on by British soldiers and merchants who had settled in Québec City and Montréal, following the Seven Years' War, many breweries were created. The clientele for this fermented drink then increased at a spectacular rate following the arrival of nearly 10,000 Loyalists in the province of Québec.


The brewers of French origin adapted not only to the new socio-economic realities, while expanding their clientele, but also benefited from the English technological innovations and expertise. This growth was quickly noted, as in the 1827 census of industrial firms in Lower Canada, 14 brewing companies were recorded in Montréal, including Joseph Chapman's.