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Beerism examines “Mi-Figue Mi-Raisin” from La Memphré – An interview with brewer David Plasse

An article by Noah Forrest The Eastern Townships are essentially on their way to becoming the beer paradise of Quebec. Veterans such as Brasserie Dunham and Boquebiere have been pumping out beer for some time now, with Dunham climbing the ranks as one of the best breweries in Canada, and well, the world (recently making […]

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Brasserie Dunham Meets Jester King – Unlikely Adjuncts That Really Work!

When I first started getting into the beer scene, I kept reading about “adjuncts.” At the beginning I had no idea what they were, but very quickly it became clear that whatever they were, they were bad! By perusing beer sites I was quickly informed that adjuncts are basically ingredients added to beer that land […]

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A Bottle Guide to Dieu du Ciel!’s 2016 Anniversary Party – Beerism has the Scoop!

An article by Noah Forrest When any good brewery announces a bottle release party, the beer geek community gets excited. However, when Dieu du Ciel! announces one, the communal level of arousal seems to increase exponentially. Not only is there chatter amongst the Quebec beer folk, but enthusiasts from all over start scrambling to find […]

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Beerism Goes to The Wild Shack – Home Brewing to the Next Level

An article by Noah Forrest As someone with an extremely young family, I simply don’t have much time to do anything recreational anymore. On the weekends, I used to decide between going out and partying, or staying in to relax. Now I need to decide between showering or eating, as I don’t have time for […]

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Microbrasserie Le Castor: Grande Réserve, Then and Now – An Interview with Brewer Daniel Addey Jibb

An Article by Noah Forrest Montreal winter is here, and it’s a cruel bastard. It hasn’t been around long, so I’ve yet to become a whiny, irritable mess. But don’t worry, I’ll get there. Negative 30 degree temperatures and a few giant snow storms can quickly turn anyone into a weather loathing lunatic. That being […]

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Beerism does CBC Montreal’s Homerun with Brendan Kelly

I joined Brendan Kelly on CBC’s Homerun to talk about beer in general, but also to discuss whether beer could replace wine at this dinner table. Click below to listen to the 5 minute interview!  

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Beerism’s Top 10 Quebec beers of 2015! After I Drank Them You’ll Never Believe What Happend Next!

An article by Noah Forrest People love lists for some reason. We simply can’t resist them. We see links in our news feeds, like “top 10 celebrity couples children’s dogs” and we feverishly click on the URL as if we actually give a shit. I’m just as guilty as anyone, I click away on these […]

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Beerism Does CBC Daybreak Montreal – Drinking Some Local Beer on the Radio with Ainslie MacLellan

This morning I joined Ainslie MacLellan on CBC radio’s Daybreak Montreal. We cracked open Saison Brett from Les Trois Mousquetaires and Dubbel D’Hiver from Le Castor and talk about beer pairings for the holidays. 

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Beerism does Brasserie Auval – An Interview with Brewmaster Ben Couillard

Every year, more and more breweries are popping up all over the world, and Quebec is no different. Usually, when a new brewery decides to open its doors and starts bottling (or canning), the line up is somewhat limited – generally offering about 2 to 4 varieties of styles. These styles tend to be pretty […]

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Beerism Presents: T.J.’s Holiday Gift Guide for Craft Beer Lovers

Confused as to what to get the craft beer lover in your life for Christmas this year? When it comes to the beer world, there’s even more obstacles than usual in finding the perfect gift. With all the competition, breweries are releasing more clever ways to get noticed with barrel-aged variants, limited edition experiments, and […]

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Beerism Does LTM’s 1978 “Single Barrel” Baltic Porter – A Bourbon Barrel Older than Me!

Have you ever received something that was so special that you didn’t know what to do with it? This can apply to a lot of things in life. Maybe someone brought you some rare saffron and now you have to decide what kind of dish to make with it, or perhaps you inherited a necklace […]

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Beerism does Gueuze – An Ode to Lambic and a Critique of Those Who Love it

I’m nervous about writing this article. Why? Well, because creating Gueuze is a very complex art that has a rich and extremely long history, dating back centuries. To do it justice, or at least in order to avoid making any blatant errors, one needs to do research and tread lightly – unless you are already […]

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T.J. Does Pub BreWskey – Meet the Distinguished Charm of the Old Port’s New Favorite Place to be

It’s always exciting for beer geeks to hear that a new bar has opened where microbrews are not only welcomed, but are part of the main attraction. The news becomes even more interesting when you also hear that the new watering hole lies outside the usual local spots. Most interested readers of this blog know […]

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Beerism does Le Trou du Diable – Beautiful Bottles, Beautiful Beer, Beautiful Brewery

Many of my articles revolve around  the harder to find spectrum of craft beer. Once you start down the craft beer rabbit hole, more obscure and rarer offerings become your norm. Whether it’s through brewery releases, private imports, trading, traveling, or simply stalking Facebook beer store pages, I get my hands on a lot of […]

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Beerism’s Bottle Guide to Brasserie Dunham’s 2015 Fall Bottle Release Party

This Saturday, October 10th, Brasserie Dunham will be having yet another epic bottle release! As usual, it will take place at their sexy brewpub in the beautiful town of Dunham, Quebec (eastern townships of Montreal). I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Go! Brasserie Dunham October Bottle Release When: October 10th 2015 Time: 12:00 […]

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Les Trois Mousquetaires’ Double IPA 2015 and Bavaroise! A Hopped Up Interview with Brewmaster Alex

Every August, beer geeks from around Montreal head to the south shore and line up for something that they have been waiting for all year: Les Trois Mousquetaire‘s Double IPA bottle release. For the third year now, LTM has sold this DIPA exclusively at the brewery on one day only, selling out within a couple […]

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Examining Le Castor’s “Farmhouse Houblon” – What Brewer Dan has to say about their funky endeavor(s)

Microbrasserie Le Castor‘s “Farmhouse Houblon” is a hybrid beer of sorts. It’s a Belgian saison, whose primary fermentation is with saison yeast, but it’s then re-fermented with brettanomyces, and dry hopped like an IPA. I guess you can simply call it a hopped up wild Saison. On the label they explain that this beer was […]

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Ceci n’est pas une Gueuze! An Interview with LTM’s Brewmaster Alex about his new Gueuze and his Barrel Program

Something wild has been stirring in the dark recesses of Les Trois Mousquetaires brewery. It’s dank, musty, & sour, and it’s been living inside three sets of oak barrels for about 2 to 4 years. They have been keeping this a secret for quite sometime now in anticipation of next week’s release. That’s right, you […]

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Another One for the Summer Calendar – T.J. does the Festival des Bières in Laval

Friday – July 10 Sunday – July 12, 2015 – Centre De La Nature De Laval, Quebec, Canada The first edition of Festival des Bières de Laval was held this past week-end at the picturesque Laval Nature Center. Showcasing the Quebec craft beer scene, the event attracted 200 types of beer from 30 different breweries, […]

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Beerism does CBC Daybreak Montreal, again! Summer Beers to drink for La Fête nationale du Québec

I was invited to appear on CBC’s Daybreak Montreal again today for La Fête nationale du Québec in order to talk about some summer beers! With sours, sessions, and saisons gaining momentum, it made for an interesting chat.  Click here to listen to the 8 minute interview!     

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Mondial de la bière 2015 – Finding the perfect beer for the perfect beer hater

Mondial de la Biere is a yearly beer festival located in downtown Montreal.  I met up with my good friend Paul Aflalo from from Edge of the City  (an acclaimed podcast from the No More Radio network) for an interview, and some fun… The details of the event are as follows: Date: June 10 to […]

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Brasserie Dunham’s 4th B-day Bottle Release party: Part 2 – That Time I powered through 10 brand new beers

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article outlining some of the new beers being released at this years 4th anniversary party from Brasserie Dunham. If you missed it, you can read it here. Go ahead, you can read it now, I’m not going anywhere… You done? Good. So as you now know, I was […]

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Beerism does Brasserie Une Bière Deux Coups: Old Friends With New Beers

I haven’t always been obsessed with beer.  Or rather, I should say that I haven’t always been obsessed with GOOD beer. I say this because one could argue that I was pretty obsessed with beer in my 20’s, given that I drank obscene amounts of it every weekend (and many weeknights too). However, it would […]

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Beerism’s pre-guide to Brasserie Dunham’s 4th b-day bottle release party!

Once again, the gods are smiling upon Quebec. That’s right, Brasserie Dunham is having another Anniversary Bottle release party on May 16th 2015; check out the details here and here. It’s hard to believe that this brewery is only four years old. Their ability to pump out a diverse range of inventive and innovative beers, […]

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Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) – AKA Magical Ontarian Hop Wizards

American IPA is a beer style that is increasingly popular and widely discussed (although arguably less so in recent years with the rise of other styles). For the most part, the term is used to describe “West Coast” styled IPA. The difference between West Coast and East Coast IPA is something that’s often debated, but […]

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Beerism does GlutenBerg’s Myrcène de glace: Another Beer Made for Food

As usual, I find myself preparing to write a food paring article having done absolutely no planning. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it allows me to be creative in the moment; luckily, I just happened to have the right ingredients to pair perfectly with this beer. In early spring 2014, Glutenberg – a […]

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Mikkeller Black VS Montreal Winter – A Battle of Extremes

Winter is here, and in Montreal, it crushes you. Just when you think you have a handle on things, you get thrown a blizzard, or an ice storm, or negative 30 degree Celsius temperatures – maybe even a combination of all three. You severely lack vitamin D because the sun hates your stupid face and […]

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Beerism on the radio!

I was honoured to be a guest on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak on Monday, December 29th with Sabrina Marandola.  We chatted a bit about how beer has evolved in the last few years and how it is now okay to replace wine with beer at the dinner table. We also talked about what Quebec based beers […]

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The 12 Days of (Barrel Aged) Christmas: All Big, All Black, All Quebec!

So last Christmas season I had this idea (which I’ve been working on for the last year or so). I wanted to get my hands on every Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout brewed in Quebec, and then do a little compare & contrast in the traditional Beerism way. However, the more I thought about it, […]

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Scotch Ale Impériale – Marché du Village is up to Something Interesting

Something interesting is going on in the Eastern Townships of Montreal, and it’s beer related.  This area is already home to some great breweries like Brasserie Dunham, Boquébière, and Farnham Ale & Lager, but if you are driving on the 10 east and get off of exit 55, you’ll find something else that’s pretty special. […]

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Beerism Blends! An investigation into beer blending with Evil Twin’s Yin & Yang

There are several reasons why beers get blended. For instance, (1) Belgian Lambic producers have been blending beers for centuries in order to create the perfect balance between old and young beer. This helps to keep the various aggressive flavours in check. Similarly, (2) pubs used to blend batches of beer with differing quality in […]

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Beerism Does Homebrew and Gets “Beer Addict-Ed!”

I need to start by saying that I’ve never brewed beer. I’ve read a few books on home brewing with the goal of making beer in mind, however, it’s yet to happen. This is largely due to time constraints mixed with a bit of laziness. I can write blog posts on the bus and metro, […]

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Beerism Does Brasserie Dunham’s Infamous Bottle Release Party Blends

If you’ve read my blog, you’re likely aware of my professed love for Brasserie Dunham. Many of my posts include their bottles, and if you read just one, it should be the article I wrote last year explaining why you really need to go and check out the brew pub (you can read it here).  […]

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Epic Tastings: Sour Edition – Lots of Tart & Lots of Fruity Love

I think it goes without saying that drinking beer with friends is the best way go. I’ve also come to realize that bottle shares are a great way to get to know like-minded people, on top of being a forum that allows you to sample small amounts of a variety of beers in one sitting. […]

Raspberries Encore September 04

A Rasberry Encore: Fruit Beer is Still a Beautiful Thing (Especially When It’s Funky)

Last year I wrote an article about raspberry beer. One of it’s main goals was to try to debunk some of the stigma surrounding fruit beer. My main argument was centered around the fact that although mass produced fruit infused beer is generally awful and marketed towards people who don’t actually like beer, fruit (and […]

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The Divine Collaboration: Le Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel Combine Forces Yet Again

“La Divine Comédie” is the newest collaboration between two highly regarded Quebec based craft breweries: Le Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel! This collaboration resulted in the creation of a hybrid beer, and more specifically, a “Wit-Pils” which lands somewhere in between a Belgian Witbier and a German Pilsner. Named after Dante’s epic, each […]

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Beerism and Mr. Phatman do Prohibition Montreal & Dieu du Ciel! Two Bloggers in Paradise

Finding fantastic restaurants in Montreal is not a difficult task. Quebec has a rich culinary history, and when combined with the melting pot of different cultures found in this city, amazing things happen. However, what I do find difficult is locating higher level cuisine that has higher level beer to accompany it. Don’t get me […]

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Beerism Wines! An Investigation Into Chardonnay Barrel Aged Beer

Beer and wine are two very different products, with different ingredients, different histories, and different consumers. However, as the beer world expands and starts incorporating new flavours and ingredients from other sources, these two distinct products can (at times) get a little closer.  For some time now, traditional Lambic sours have been aged in old […]

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Around the World in a Glass: T.J.’s Pre-Guide to Mondial de la bière 2014

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way: When? June 11-15 How much? Tasting coupons: $1.00 each, Cost of one tasting: 2 to 6 coupons (for most beers), Quantity served: 3 to 4 ounces Where? Palais des congrès of Montreal (inside and outside), 201 Viger Street West, (Place-d’Armes métro station) Suggestions? Yes, skip to the […]

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Beerism Does: Black IPA Burger! (and Big Spruce Brewing!)

Randomly, my friend showed up at my desk with a package. She was visiting family in Nova Scotia, stumbled upon a craft brewery, and decided not only to bring me a full 1 litre growler of “You Spin Me White Round” Wheat IPA, but also a perdy shaker glass and a jar of Black IPA […]

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Beerism does Beerology – A Look Into the New Book by Acclaimed Master Cicerone Mirella Amato

When Appetite (by Random House) approached me to review their new book “Beerology” from acclaimed beer blogger and Master Cicerone Mirella Amato, I was honored, but also kind of nervous, as I tend to read at the pace of a drunken snail. However, the minute I started reading it, I was quickly immersed, and I actually […]

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Living the Beer Blogger’s Dream – Beerism Does Décapsule’s Colab: KING COGNE!

“…We fell damn hard in love with his beers and the sacred aura surrounding them. It was the silent ritual, the careful use of a secret Transylvanian ingredient and the interpreted integration of such a rich history that caught our attention.” – David Atman The above quote is from David Atman of la Décapsule des […]

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Beerism Drops Gluten! Well, at Least Until we Finish These Beers…

The phrase “Gluten Free” is pretty big right now, and the market for it seems to be growing exponentially. Like many topics related to how we diet, gluten started becoming a household term pretty quickly. As we all know, when something gains momentum and becomes popular, people start to follow. When that happens, the whole idea […]

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Dieu du Ciel Réserve! – Seven Days, Barrel Aged

I’ve written several articles about Dieu du Ciel! at this point, but none quite as epic as this. I’ve managed, over the course of about a year, to get my hands on all seven barrel aged (355ml) bottles that Dieu du Ciel has released to date (as far as I know), and I’m pretty excited […]

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La Cuvée 2014 – A Night of Great Beers & Great Beards

Saturday morning I sat on my couch with my two year old son, watching Caillou and reflecting on the beer-soaked evening from the night before (not to mention also reflecting on why this cartoon kid has no hair). This weekend was the second annual “La Cuvée” in Montreal, and I had a chance to step […]

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Bellwoods Brewery Part 1- C’mon, Get Hoppy

With my frequent visits to the LCBO over the last few years, I’ve become more and more familiar with Ontario’s craft beer scene. Unlike Quebec, in Ontario alcohol can only really be sold in two establishments: the “LCBO” (Liquor Control Board of Ontario)” or “The Beer Store” (a chain of retail stores owned by multinational […]

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Drinking Outside the Box – Beerism Talks Imports, and More Specifically: Nøgne Ø

In Quebec, we have a fantastic number of choices when it comes to drinking local craft beer. And from these choices, there are tons of amazing beers that are consistently available. For a long time, the only thing we were really missing in Quebec was a solid American IPA, and now, thanks to Dieu du […]

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Sam Adams Utopias 2013: An Examination Into the Original Big Beer

Utopias by Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Co) is a widely discussed beer, and with good cause, as you’ll soon see. There may be some controversy surrounding the beer’s rather steep retail price, but the world’s general consensus seems to be: Utopias is basically liquid sex. At 28%, it contains no carbonation, it’s meant to be […]

IMG_20131104_052145 January 04

Dr. ‘Stange’ Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde

Sure it’s been negative 40 degrees Celsius these last few days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink something refreshing amongst all those imperial stouts you’ve been sipping. I mean, one can still get thirsty in the cold, no? Every Christmas we pack up our little family and head to Ottawa from Montreal in order […]

Beer Group December 10

Beerism Goes Wild: Brettanomyces are Certainly Very Infectious – Part 1

Brettanomyces isn’t a dinosaur, nor is it a character in Plato’s republic, as one might think. Rather, it’s a wild yeast strain (often accompanied by lactobacillus) that imparts tart, sour and funky elements to your beer.  When someone refers to “sour beer,” it can mean a lot of things, as there are many styles that […]

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