What is Kveik? It’s a traditional yeast from Norway that has super powers! It can ferment at much higher temperatures than normal yeast, yet doesn’t exhibit any of the typical nasty flavors that are typically generated from this risky procedure. Although originally used for farmhouse-style beers, Kveik is now being used to ferment beers as diverse as Weisse and Porters. Tonight we feature four of those varieties to try out a bit of what Kveik has to offer.
I’ve always wondered what “dry hopped” beers were and what made them special. Add to that double dry-hopped DDH, and it’s a bit confusing. Well, it turns out it’s not just confusing for me. While researching this month’s Brsto, I discovered that even the brewers can’t align on what these terms mean.
It’s been an extraordinary month as the whole world has shut its doors, people have socially distanced, and every news channel discusses nothing but Covid-19. But, after 64 editions of Brsto already flushed down the proverbial toilet, the show must go on. Edition 65 is our first stay-at-home edition and was a wonderful way to be together even though we weren’t physically together. Read More
It’s December, there’s snow outside, Christmas is approaching, and the temperature has dropped down well below zero. Typically this is the time for dark, strong, malty beers sipped around a warm fire. But… while Bob Cratchit might enjoy this strong brew, I feel more like the Grinch, conniving to scrimp on the alcohol, forcing my merry friends and those who love Tiny Tim to bring 4% beers and making up the excuse that it’s for the date, the 4th of December, in order to get away with it and save face. Read More
As we know, the arrival of summer in Montreal means the city is gearing up for it’s “other” season. With warmer days arriving, it’s time to crack out some sunny beers. Gose got me thinking of the theme, but there are IPAs, Session ales, fruity beers, lagers, and everything light, fun, and ready for long sunny days. Read More
It’s the start of 2019 – and it’s a “New Year in Beer”™. I thought of this theme to push myself outside my comfort zone and try beers that I’d always skipped over at the beer store. The dark thick stouts, high alcohol beers, weird sours, and crazy hoppy hops. I wanted to taste it all – good, bad, weird, wonderful.
When you think of beer, what else goes with it? Good friends, your favourite bar, and… a yummy snack to eat with it. If that snack happens to jive with your beer, all the better.
For tonight’s “pairings” Beerstitution, we went high, low, and everywhere in between. It turns out beer is delicious with cheese, fruit, nuts, seafood, and fried crispy things – who knew? Good thing we experimented scientifically to let the world know that food + beer = 💖.Read More
I cheated a little with tonight’s theme. My good friend Geoff Gibson is both the coolest guy on earth™ and a really talented artist. What does all this have to do with beer? Well, it turns out Stone City Ales in Kingston asked him to do a label for them, which he totally did.
It turns out that when you transplant a Gaspésienne brewery from Percé to Montreal, it picks up a (big) handful of hipsters and a confusingly modern social bathroom layout, and yet it’s still, to the bone, a wonderfully social and deliciously stocked emporium of beers and people. I was nervous to alter Beerstitution’s tried-and-tested model of BYOB, yet it felt safe to hand the reins to the Pit barkeep to supply us with a planche of beers to sample. Read More