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…
For Volume 50… FIFTY!! PEOPLE!!… we decided to each bring our favourite beer of 2018 that may or may not have had the chance to be represented in a 2018 Beerstitution Volume. This way, we could each be certain that the beer that we feel (most) in love with during the calendar year of 2018 would have a fair shot at being crowned Byear of the Year in 2019. This was, I think, the highest scoring Volume of all time. Don’t quote me on this but wow did we have some amazing beer tonight! Also, 7 beers for 5 attendees? Good for us!
There we were, mid-November, and nary a Volume 49 in sight. With end of the year madness and Christmas looming, many of us were short in the spare time department to organize Volume 49. When the itch was too much to bare, I piped up and organized a Habstitution at St-Bock where we would gather ’round, try a bunch of beers and watch the Habs (get whalloped by the Devils it turned out) one wintery eve in November. Read More
Dearly beerloved we are gathered here today to celebrate yet another glorious year passing in the annals of Beerstitution lore. This makes the 4th installment of the Byear in Review in an unbroken chain of 47 Beerstitutions in a row. They haven’t all been barn burners, some turning into casual drinks in the park or 2 or three souls braving the the cold to raise a glass to make it “official,” to the mayhem that was unleashed at Belgian theme or the unbridled chaos that was Pilsner night. Read More
This months instalment brought us to Mabrasserie, a beer cooperative in Rosemont. They produce a couple of their own beers and share their space with a couple of other microbreweries as well. Our evening took place in their tasting room, where they had a nice selection of about 30 beers for us to sample and a simple but delicious menu. On your way out the door don’t forget to hit up their boutique to take home some of the delicious beers that are made right on site!.
Beer ye, beer ye! This edition of Beerstitution was an exploration of socially responsible breweries. The clue was to think organic, think cooperative, etc. and wow! did the Beerstitutes ever come through for this one!
Double IPA is a theme that I’ve wanted to host for a while now. I was waiting for the perfect storm of low-mid attendance and enthusiasm to revisit IPAs and lo and behold, November provided that perfect storm. A perfect imperial storm…