Saguenay: the Hopera microbrewery innovates to survive COVID-19

Times are tough for restaurateurs in the red zone. A Saguenay microbrewery does not let itself down and tries to stand out from the crowd in order to survive.

The co-owners of the Hopera microbrewery offer to cook a meal “in front of” the customers.

Beef brisket, arancini, soup and half-cooked are the products that are found in a lunch box that you can enjoy in the company of the co-owners of the Hopera microbrewery.

COVID requires, it will be in a virtual company through a video posted on their Facebook page.

Under their guidance, you just have to reheat the dishes and mount the plates afterwards. This formula has already been implemented during a campaign for the Foundation of my life.

“We do not have a choice. We can’t afford to stay in the routine because people need a little change and something new, ”Hopera microbrewery co-owner Vladimir Antonoff explained Thursday.

Several regional products make up the dishes. In all, six producers participated in the composition of the meal box.

“It can be repeated. If we see that things are working, we will continue in this direction, ”added chef and co-owner Maxime Leclerc.

Lunch boxes are available until Saturday evening.

And within a few days, delivery will also be added to the services offered.

A new type of beer in the region

The co-owners have also thought about beer lovers by offering a new genre: smoothie beer. A blend of mashed fruit and thicker textured draft beer.

If this type of beer is very popular at the moment in Montreal, the Saguenéens too have taken a liking to it.

“I find that great, it makes us discover new products and they are very good,” commented a customer who came to fill up on this drink.

A gift package is also available for the holidays with all kinds of microbrewery products. Another novelty created for the red zone.

“We have to fight, we are fighters and we will get there,” concluded Mr. Antonoff.

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