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.Read More
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
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
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
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
Beer Ye! Beer Ye!
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!Read More
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