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

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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Beerstitution Volume 55: FLORAL

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…

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Beerstitution Volume 50: FAVES OF ’18

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!

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Beerstitution Volume 49: HABSTITUTION

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

Beerstitution Volume 47: THE BYEAR IN REVIEW IV

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