It’s December, there’s snow outside, Christmas is approaching, and the temperature has dropped down well below zero. Typically this is the time for dark, strong, malty beers sipped around a warm fire. But… while Bob Cratchit might enjoy this strong brew, I feel more like the Grinch, conniving to scrimp on the alcohol, forcing my merry friends and those who love Tiny Tim to bring 4% beers and making up the excuse that it’s for the date, the 4th of December, in order to get away with it and save face. Read More
As fall is setting in, what better way to celebrate my favorite season than to host a Beerstitution in its honor! As the theme was not to strict, we had the opportunity to try a whole lot of different type of beers, some good, some okay, some terrible (looking at you Ale-O-Ween). And what’s better to get in the mood than to kick off the night with a grilled cheese bar ?
Beer Ye! Beer Ye!
With many happenings abound as the summer comes to a close, we chose the Microbrasserie Dieu du ciel on Laurier in Montréal to host our 58th volume. The theme was simply – taste many offerings and vote on your favourite! Sounds easy enough… but man oh man, does DDC make a plethora of great beers!Read More
As we know, the arrival of summer in Montreal means the city is gearing up for it’s “other” season. With warmer days arriving, it’s time to crack out some sunny beers. Gose got me thinking of the theme, but there are IPAs, Session ales, fruity beers, lagers, and everything light, fun, and ready for long sunny days. Read More
Beer Ye! Beer Ye!
With Spring in mind, if not in the air, I wanted to launch us into the warm weather and floral bounty that is this wondrous season with mouthfuls of floral goodness. The theme I chose, FLORAL, was in fact not that easy to find beers for even though “floral” is one of the most often quoted aspects of hop flavours and aromas. At any rate, My goal here was to isolate said floral-ness and see if we enjoyed it in the absence of the citrus, bitter bombs we also get from the normal hop suspects…Read More
Saisons are made to refresh. They’re a brew that was traditionally made with whatever to be drank by whoever. As unpretentious and amiable as you’d find in a lager, but a saison carries a certain joie de vivre: a literal zest for life. It’s just what a Montrealer needs in April to wish the snow away into memory, or better yet – to forget it. Read More
An ancient practice shrouded in mystery and practice by the best mages out there, lead to this month’s theme : ALCHEMY.
After months, maybe years of talking about this edition, we finally did it! Instead of trying to turn beer into gold as pure mages would do, we decided to mix beers with … well other drinks, to check if we could improve our beer tasting experience or if beer was better on it’s own.
Welcome to this edition, and please try this at home. Read More