Vanity Fair Talking about Knowlton's Thirsty Boot!
All the hubub about the royal wedding and now suddenly Knowlton is even in Vanity Fair! Caroline Monpour of Brie et Cie, Brie and Company is mentioned as is the Thirsty Boot Pub across from the Beaver Pond!
From Vanity Fair:
Caroline Monpou, the co-proprietor of Knowlton’s Brie et Cie, articulates the cultural divide. “Here, the English community is excited [about the royal visit to Montreal], not so much the French,” she said. Asked if she thought there was a place for royalty in Canada, Monpou, a native of Orleans, France, shrugged. After so long, she said, “it’s in the blood now.”
Adding to the Eastern Townships’ cultural mix (and to my survey sample) are its famous local barflies, who were granted literary immortality by the late Canadian novelist and longtime GQ columnist Mordecai Richler. As famous for his wit as his devotion to scotch, Richler holed up in a bare-bones bar along the 243 highway and exploited the region’s most colorful characters in his novels. With that in mind one weekday afternoon, my mother and I pulled over on the 243 to visit the Thirsty Boot, where we found a group that included only one female, a shockingly sweet bartender. When I queried the day-drinkers about their thoughts on the royal couple, Todd—who would give only a first name, and who told me that my reporter’s notebook made me look like a traffic cop—grabbed his cigarettes and headed for the patio, saying, “Oh, my God, the fucking royal wedding. Give me another drink.” Later, Todd was moved to observe, “The Empire Loyalists built this area, but we’re not so loyal anymore.”