In 1821, the founder of the Hull county, Philemeon Wright, established the first brewery in the region on the banks of what would become the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery creek). Since May of 2009, the Brasseurs du Temps has given this historical site its original vocation back. The brewing heritage museum at the BDT reveals how the region’s rich brewing past has shaped the township for more than 160 years.
The museum runs its course over more than 200 meters and tells the history of beer in the Outaouais region. Beer has always been present in the region’s history. It has been a witness to and sometimes acted in its social, economical, cutural and political development, from the founding of the township by Philemon Wright to the current microbrewery in place, we get to learn about the important periods, such as prohibition, that have shaped the Outaouais identity.
Admission is free and guided tours can be organised with a few days’ notice. Due to the linear (hallway) configuration, it is preferable to limit the groups to six people. Self-guided tours can be taken at any time without notice.
According to historian and museologist Ian Bowering, who specialises in Canadian brewing history and is an author on the subject, this new brewing museum is without a doubt the most important of its kind in Canada. The museum is open to the public during trading hours at the Brasseurs du Temps.
Tourisme-Outaouais, Tourisme Québec, the Ministère de la culture, des communications et de la condition féminine du Québec (MCCCF) as well as the Conseil régional des élus de l’Outaouais (CRÉO) have financially participated to the completion of the museum in the scope of the Programme régional de développement touristique de l’Outaouais (PDTO).