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

Beerstitution Volume 56: SUMMER IN MY MOUTH

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

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