In the 18th century, the north of Quebec City was only a region of trees, lakes and mountains then part of the seigniory of Duchesnay.
After the English conquest of Canada in 1759, the region was renamed the “Waterloo Settlement”, inspired by the name of the famous Belgian battle.
It was in the middle of the 19th century that the Scotsman Archibald Simons decided to settle in these northern lands, far from the banks of the St. Lawrence, in order to found his family and make his business prosper. Like many settlers, he had to contend with the hard work of wild places, clear his land and build his house which can still be found today on the Brûlé rank in this region now known as Lac- Beauport.
In 2005, the founders of Archibald were challenged by Lac-Beauport in the same way that it charmed the first arrivals. Nature, tall pines, the lake and the mountains are a source of inspiration and they set out to conquer a concept then non-existent in the region, that of microbrewery joined to a restaurant, allowing to offer its customers a very unique experience.
With the values of the conquerors in mind, they choose to build their business around the importance of family and authentic cuisine.
They therefore create a family of beers which, according to legend, are the women who marked the life of Archibald Simons.
We have been brewing Archibald beers at our two factories for 15 years this year, starting at Lac-Beauport, the birthplace of the project, and at Val-Bélair, the constantly evolving factory where most of the beer is brewed and where our employees have given themselves the mission to produce quality products, following world brewing trends.
In this unprecedented period of crisis, we wish to raise our glasses to the entire population of Quebec, who is showing incomparable resilience and submitting to unprecedented health and social measures. It is together that we will pass through. Cheers to all of you and the joy we will have in hearing our glasses clinking all together around the same table!