Beerstitution Volume 70: Dry Hopped Beers

I’ve always wondered what “dry hopped” beers were and what made them special. Add to that double dry-hopped DDH, and it’s a bit confusing. Well, it turns out it’s not just confusing for me. While researching this month’s Brsto, I discovered that even the brewers can’t align on what these terms mean.

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Beerstitution Volume 69: SAISON

I didn’t realize it at the time, but we have actually had Saison as a theme twice before. So this was our third time celebrating what was once an illegal beer… since the original Saison brewers (Belgian farmers) were not allowed to brew outside of the cold months, and Saison is typically brewed towards the end of harvest (Summer) to quench the thirst of the hard-working farmhands.

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Beerstitution Volume 66: CITRA HOP

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

Beerstitution Volume 63: OSHLAG

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

Beerstitution Volume 62: 4%

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

Beerstitution Volume 60: FALL

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 ?

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Beerstituion Volume 59: THE BYEAR IN REVIEW V

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)

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Crabbies- Ginger BeerKristen2.2

Notes:Too Sweet!  -Daniel

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Brett Pas BrettDaniel2.8

Notes:-Extremely sessionable (Corey)

-People without proper tastebuds rated this too low because of all the Bretty goodness

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Hemma eta Han- Val3.9

Notes: -True story. This beer gave Kristen every emotion at once.

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Magna LuxDave3.4

Notes: Fun fact: Orville Redenbacker was the founding member of the Travelling Wilbury’s

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Sure Fermiere HibiscusVal3.1

Notes: -Velvety (Corey)

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Solstice D’eteCorey3.6

Notes:Nobodys getting scurvy if they drink this beer. 

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GosebusterDave4.2

Notes: Crazy refreshing beer!

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Calice
Phil
3

Notes: Super Jowely!

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3 Balles 2 PriseCorey3.8

Notes:  Fun fact- A brewer’s dozen is 11 beers…cause you already drank one.

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Funkadelic BrettasticPhil 3.5

Notes: Exciting name…disappointing beer.

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Nocturna Stout/with Fiasco Bourbon Vanilla Gelato4.3

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.

Beerstitution Volume 58: DIEU DU CIEL

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!

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