One month into this off Covid-19 world, and our monthly Beerstitution is even more of a welcome break than usual. Even in the midst of 10 Zoom calls a day, and tired kids & parents abound, this little gang finds the oomph, the desire, maybe the need, to connect on a monthly basis. For that, I am very grateful. This month I decided to celebrate the great Citra Hop because I’m pretty sure I love it. Read More
It’s been an extraordinary month as the whole world has shut its doors, people have socially distanced, and every news channel discusses nothing but Covid-19. But, after 64 editions of Brsto already flushed down the proverbial toilet, the show must go on. Edition 65 is our first stay-at-home edition and was a wonderful way to be together even though we weren’t physically together.
Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at my account balance.
On an unseasonably warm January night, Nick, Corey, Laurent, Scully and Val said YES To Gen’s invite to visit the Oshlag brewery, take a little tour and have a little party inside the brewery! Well, let me tell you – it was awesome, eye-opening and chock full of wonderful beers! Read More
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 ?
Our fifth, FIFTH, BYEAR IN REVIEW! Wow… how far we’ve come… well not really, I mean we’re only in St Henri, but still! This was the 5th annual review of the monthly Beerstitutions and the 59th volume overall. What a sweet little gang of beer rascals we’ve built here!
Byear in Review awards:
Cal Ripkin: Nick- 9 events streak
Keener: Corey – 10 events
Rookie of the year- Chris Wolf
Mary Kay (best recruiter)- Kristen
Honorary Awards- Phil (Back from the Dead), Gen (MIA)
|Crabbies- Ginger BeerKristen||2.2|
Notes:Too Sweet! -Daniel
|Brett Pas BrettDaniel||2.8|
Notes:-Extremely sessionable (Corey)
-People without proper tastebuds rated this too low because of all the Bretty goodness
|Hemma eta Han- Val||3.9|
Notes: -True story. This beer gave Kristen every emotion at once.
Notes: Fun fact: Orville Redenbacker was the founding member of the Travelling Wilbury’s
|Sure Fermiere HibiscusVal||3.1|
Notes: -Velvety (Corey)
Notes:Nobodys getting scurvy if they drink this beer.
Notes: Crazy refreshing beer!
Notes: Super Jowely!
|3 Balles 2 PriseCorey||3.8|
Notes: Fun fact- A brewer’s dozen is 11 beers…cause you already drank one.
Notes: Exciting name…disappointing beer.
|Nocturna Stout/with Fiasco Bourbon Vanilla Gelato||4.3|
Notes: Adding icecream to beer is delicious…but cheating.
Best In Show (highest avg points):Nocturna Stout/with Fiasco Bourbon Vanilla Gelato
Favourite (highest # votes):Nocturna Stout/with Fiasco Bourbon Vanilla Gelato
Surprise (highest # votes): Gose Buster
Sessionable (highest # votes): Brett pas Brett
Best Label (highest # votes): Hemma eta Han
Blind Test: After so many delicious beers. The gathering was wrapped up before we got around to doing the blind test, but I totally nailed it.
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
For this volume, I decided to revisit and oldie but a goldie: the mighty IPA! The theme for the very first Beerstitution way back when was IPA so it’s about time we jumped back into IPAs what with 85,000 new IPAs having been released since then.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