Beerstitution Volume 65: FRIDGIES (Covid-19 Lockdown Edition)

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.
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Beerstitution Volume 62: 4%

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

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 29: SOUR

In over two years of Beerstitutioning, although a few sours had slipped in here and there, we hadn’t done sour beers proper. For the occasion, I slapped together paper placemats sporting the BRST° v29 label and the awesome rainbow-coloured beer flavor wheel to support our discussion — sour, acetic, musty, earthy, leathery, catty…? We also experimented with sour candy and lemons to see how it would affect flavours. Biting a lemon before tasting a sour beer is really interesting in that it eliminates the sour flavour of the beer by overwhelming your sour-percepting taste buds, thus allowing you taste everything else. Read More