As we kicked off our fourth (!) year of Beerstitution, we once again packed ourselves into busses and headed out to the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds for Beau’s Oktoberfest – my favourite local beer fest of them all. Brett, heat and learning how to start our own brewery – all in a day’s work!
This year’s THE BYEAR IN REVIEW III started with our ‘Awards Ceremony’ and revelling in some truly impressive numbers and culminated in this Byear’s Winner!
Beerstitution Byear in Review III Grand Champion: Beau’s Full Time IPA!
The reason that I chose the theme of anything but Quebec was kind of two pronged… on one hand I had just gotten back from a trip to Alberta and seen the wonders of what a privatized liquor framework can offer in terms of selection from outside one’s own backyard. It was a nice experience to see craft beers from the west coast of the US, neighboring British columbia and other beers from across Canada nestled right next to Alberta’s offerings.
Beer Ye! Beer Ye!
So this theme was the idea of our newest member – Laurent. However, it should be noted that he and I began assembling beers 2 years ago whilst winter cottaging together. We mixed many a beer that year and loved the experiments, so it only felt right to taste some Assemblages made by the pros!
Beer Ye! Beer Ye!
So our good ol Beerstitute, Phil, was the host of Volume 30 and he did a bang up job of getting everyone in the drink. So much so it turns out that any notes from the night are very much long gone and disappeared into the forgotten night of stupor and stumbling.
However, the details we do know are as follows: Read More
From our friend Crystal Luxmore over at Beer Sisters (craftbeertastings.com), check out this handy 6 step guide to getting the most out of your beer tastings: http://craftbeertastings.com/portfolio-items/how-to-taste-beer-like-a-boss/
Again, I will repeat this because it bears repeating – DON’T EVER NOT GO TO THIS!
September 23rd & 24th past was the 8th edition of the famous Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill, Ontario and was attended by almost 20,000 beer lovers. For those of you that don’t know Beau’s, it’s a wonderful, established, entrenched, craft brewery from just over the Québec/Ontario border that brews incredible, unique, entertaining and very well designed organic beers. They often team up with other brewers and breweries and produce some of the greatest beer to ever go in my face (oh, hello Kissmeyer NPA). A perennial powerhouse here at Beerstitution, we remain in love with Beau’s since the very first Beerstitution. Read More