Beerstitution Volume 31: WHEAT FREE

Wheat is a fifth wheel to barley, hops, yeast, and water.  Sure, some people like wheat in their beer, but some people also like to throw citrus slices in there, serve it in a stemmed glass at room temperature, and drink it to wash down their pineapple-topped pizzas.  If you like any of those odious things listed, please keep in mind that was a night where we ate chocolate grilled cheese – so, glass houses and such.

Wheat Free is a wide category and we got to taste quite a range of beers and one “”wine.”” Those double quotes are intentional to try to get you to imagine air quotes while reading it.  Did it work?

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With six beersketeers present, we had a varied 6-pack to get through with no two beers being even similar.  We tasted a farmhouse, an oatmeal stout, a saison, a blonde pale ale, a weird Glutenberg pseudo-beer, and an even stranger barely wine.  Here’s how they stacked up.

Le Castor – Farmhouse Houblon – BRSTº rating: 3.7/5
Le Castor – Oatmeal Stout (Anna) – BRSTº rating: 3.6/5
Les Grands Bois – Saison Minuit (Nick) – BRSTº rating: 3.5/5
Grand Allée – Blonde Pale Ale (Sergio) – BRSTº rating: 3.2/5
Glutenberg – Myrcene de Glace (Jones) – BRSTº rating: 3.1/5
Trois Musketeers – Barley Wine (Phil) – BRSTº rating: 2.3/5
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WINNER!

Best session: Grand Allée – Blonde Pale Ale
Best Label: Les Grands Bois – Saison Minuit
Biggest Surprise: Les Grands Bois – Saison Minuit

 

 

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Best Label

A few additional notes on the evening:

  1. There was a lot of grilled cheese consumed, sometimes with chocolate instead of cheese.  Wheat-free bread was available to stay on-theme.
  2. We broke the ice with Stella Artois and Honker’s Ale from the Couche-Tard
  3. Anna gave the beer she brought a 5/5 and it WON
  4. Quote of the night goes to Sergio who said the following about the Trois Musketeers Barley Wine:

… like a roller coaster – you see it from afar and are like… OK.  But then you drink it and are like, whoa.

Like, whoa, indeed.

À bièrtôte!

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