Montreal Hosts Annual Beer Festival

The Mondial De La Bière presents its 18th annual beer tasting event

The 2011 Mondial de la bière in Montreal.

Montreal's Mondial De La Bière is offering traveling beer enthusiasts a chance to sample and discover the best brews from around the world Wednesday through June 10. By showcasing 295 new beers and more than 700 beverages, this festival promises to school even the most refined beer aficionados in the art of beerology.

Participants are encouraged to dampen their palates with the featured flavors of Argentina's and Brazil's finest emerging breweries, though the festival flaunts a selection of beer, malts, and ciders from every corner of the globe.

"The Mondial de La Bière team is proud to offer beer for every tongue!" said Jeannine Marois, president and co-founder of Mondial de la Bière.

The festival will house 15 food kiosks for those who consider drinking and snacking an irresistible combination. Homemade salmon gravlax salsas, kangaroo meat, Belgian croque-monsieurs, and spare rib sandwiches are bites to prep taste buds and pair with the beers.

Other highlights include live music, workshops on beer and cheese pairings, and a round table conference on the challenges of starting a microbrewery in Quebec.

Admission is free and tasting coupons are $1 each.