Messorem is a project created on paper by Marc-André Filion, Sébastien Chaput and Vincent Ménard. Each member has distinct strengths that together can be linked with the creation of a brewing company, a passion that has inhabited them for several years. For them, Messorem Bracitorium is the bridge to gap their hobby (microbrewery beer) and everyday work with friends.
The group met in the early 2000s Montreal underground music scene.
Sébastien is a guitarist for the technical metal band, Ion Dissonance. They have acquired quite an impressive touring history, with shows played all over the world. With a little hindsight, the group is no longer interested in being on the road full time. Thus, Sébastien decided to start University studies in business management and finance. He's been known to work hard and well, and he's our numbers wizard.
Vincent was the drummer for now defunct metal band, The Last Felony. He has been brewing beer as an amateur now for close to ten years. Afterwards, Vincent enrolled in school to study the brewing craft in depth. He successfully completed his courses and landed a one-month internship at Auval Brewing, and Pit Caribou in Gaspésie, QC. He then went on to become a brewer for Les Trois Mousquetaires for the next 2 years. Vincent is our liquids wizard.
Marc-André Filion sang for defunct band, Orphans in Coma and Here Comes the Hurricane. As of late, he has been rapping with his group, La Carabine. They have been doing well in the Quebec scene having been nominated for best hip-hop album with ’Chasser ses Démons’’ at l’ADISQ in 2017. He also went about studying design and marketing before making his way into the field. He is the designer behind the Messorem brand and at the same time, he is the colour wizard.
The three areas combined form a strong basis for starting up a new business venture. With these assets in hand, the acolytes pushed ahead.
"In 2015, we started meeting every Friday night with friends. We drank the best beers our cellars could hold. We spent our time discussing rare products, even non-existent here in Quebec. Also, those that we can find readily available here at home. We wondered what we could do to satisfy our thirst for exceptional products like those of some of our favorites from south of the border (Other Half, Grimm, Hudson Valley, American Solera, etc.) without having to cross international borders. When we do so, we are limited to bringing back only small amounts into the country, making great products rare and scarcely available in our beautiful province. For several months now, we have been sharing our ideas and working together to create beers that align with these microbreweries. Beers that we personally would like to drink."
To bring our microbrewery to life, we needed help and guidance, but above all else, we needed monetary support. Marc-André’s father, Christian Biron, was impressed by the team’s tenacity in setting up our dream project. By seeing the evolution of our work and tasting the different beers made by Vincent, our brewer, Christian was more and more convinced that the 3 friends had a beautiful opportunity in their hands. He proceeded to tell his best friend, François Gareau. Francois, a long-time sidekick, with whom he had been investing in real estate for a long time. Christian explained the “Messorem” project, and spoke of the team’s seriousness and intention to see the brewery come to life. The two childhood friends finally decided to embark on the project following the discovery of the company’s future premises along the Lachine Canal, at 2233 Pitt Street at the intersection of St. Patrick Street.
François Gareau has been a professor of mathematics at Charles-Lemoyne College, on Montreal’s south shore, for more than 25 years. He is a lover of real estate and work related to the field, in addition to being a karateka for leisure. He is mainly a consumer of wine products, but is coming around to various beers he is offered here and there. He is our “we take action” wizard, and our negotiator.
Christian Biron is the foreman of pharmaceutical inventories and recovery for the Jean Coutu Group for the past 30 years. Seeing his retirement approaching, he sees Messorem Bracitorium as a way out of mundane routines, and a pleasant retirement project for years to come. He is a very good beer drinker, who is pushing for Vincent to brew a Pilsner (to follow). Christian is our methodical operations and ”do you have other submissions?”
Latin name meaning reaper, reaper, harvester.
Latin name meaning brewery.
Messorem Bracitorium is a microbrewery that uses the best ingredients found on the market. The primary goal is to create beers that we would want to drink that meet our personal tastes and criteria. The taste, texture in the mouth, and the appearance of our beers are very precise and specific. What you see, what you drink at Messorem is exactly the result that beer had to have. We specialize in taticent or sour-type hopbeers, to employ English terms.