The story begins in 1991, when Jean-François begins delving into home brewing experiments. He quickly develops a passion for the trade and begins thinking of a brewing as a career.
While working on a Masters in Applied Micro-Biology, Jean-François meets Stephane Ostiguy during a research project at the Armand-Frappier Institute. With the help of a third member who has since left the business, they join entrepreneurial forces to open a brew-pub. Dieu Du Ciel! is born!
After a lengthy search, the team happens upon a promising location at 29 Laurier Avenue West. For eleven months, the partners work ceaselessly in order to prepare the brew-pub for opening. Walls are torn down, part of the floor is ripped apart and the basement is dug out by hand and spade in order to install the brewing equipment.
On the eleventh of September, 1998, Dieu Du Ciel! finally opens its doors, with more than 300 people in attendance.
Moving forward into the new millennium, the brewery is running at full steam with a fast-rising reputation for exceptional brews. The demand greatly exceeds the small Montreal operation's 800-hectoliter per-year capacity, and so Dieu Du Ciel! decides to open a second location to bottle and export their products. Enter Luc Boivin - an electro-mechanic with impressive home-brewing experience - and Isabelle Charbonneau - an expert in sales, management and marketing - who join themselves to the team and form a new company, Dieu Du Ciel Microbrewery Inc., a new location where the products will be bottled and distributed.
The location of 259 Villemure Street in St-Jerome is chosen for the new venture. A vacant supermarket in the heart of St-Jerome's downtown area, it is the ideal location for a second base of operation. Work begins in December, 2006 with the team focusing primarily on the installation of the brewery, in order to begin production as quickly as possible. The addition of a tasting room / pub gets underway in August 2007, despite the rather modest budget! The first beers are served in St-Jerome in January 2008.
Today, Dieu Du Ciel! is engaged more than ever in the local community as the demand for its products continues to rise both at home and abroad. In 2015, the microbrewery in St-Jerome increased capacity from 9000 to 13000 hectoliters annually, in an effort to better satisfy a growing band of faithful converts.