McAuslan Brewing began operations in January 1989 on St-Ambroise Street in Montreal’s St-Henri district, where it has established itself as Quebec’s foremost micro-brewery. The brewery launched its first beer in February 1989. St-Ambroise Pale Ale's distinctive hoppy-ness and clear reddish hue set it apart and gained it an instant following. The brewery’s distinctive beers have since been acknowledged by critics internationally as being among the world’s best. The brewery’s beers have now won over 12 medals in international competition including a platinum medal, a gold, five silvers and one bronze.