IMG_20140914_052718 November 17

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, […]

IMG_20140925_031209 September 29

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).  […]

IMG_20140419_044504 September 15

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 […]

la divine comedie August 06

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 […]

IMG_20140610_060307 July 13

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 […]

IMG_20140520_094145 July 03

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 […]

IMG_20140529_031744(1) May 28

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 […]

beerology May 18

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 […]

king cogne2 May 08

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 […]

IMG_20140425_091639 May 06

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 […]

IMG_20140307_050548 April 02

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 […]

bell2 February 18

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 […]

IMG_6998 February 04

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 […]

utopia paintnet3 January 13

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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T.J.’s Quick Guide to Hefeweizens, and Why You Should Love Them!

Pronounce it: “hay-fuh-veyt-sssenn” and not  “Hefe-why-zen” AKA: Weissbier, Weizenbier, Weizen, or Wheat Ale Ever had a white beer? A lot of breweries label their beers as “white,” which is actually a description of both its color and of what you’re drinking. A “white” beer is made predominately with wheat, as opposed to only containing malted […]

IMG_20131109_101953 November 24

Epic Tastings: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Edition

This will be the third time now that I’ve had a relatively epic tasting with the Malty Tasker, and the second time that fellow Beerism writer T.J. attended as well. Until recently the “tastings” that I have been involved in were me drinking beer in my kitchen while cooking dinner, or having a few nice […]

shep pie square longer October 24

T.J. Says The Only ‘Meal’ Good Enough to Stand Up to Shepherd’s Pie is an Oatmeal Stout

As summer fades out of sight and the terraces close down, beer geeks look forward to the winter season brews. For those that follow seasonal beer releases, Fall isn’t just sweater weather. ‘Tis the season for Stouts! There’s nothing better in the summer than a thirst quenching IPA or Pale Ale with all its hoppy, […]

dunham sqaure October 17

Go to Dunham Already! What Are You Waiting For? Beerism Gets Served Food for a Change.

This coming Saturday is the latest Brasserie Dunham bottle release party, and I can tell you that I’m pretty excited to attend (details here). The town of Dunham didn’t really mean anything to me until a few years ago when my girlfriend and I were invited to a folk music and artisanal wine festival located […]

DSC_0002 October 02

Beerism Does L’exorciste by Dieu du Ciel! – And a Little Craft Beer Ranting as Well…

Dieu Du Ciel’s L’Exorciste can’t be purchased in stores, and actually, it can’t be purchased at all anymore. It was gone as quick as it came. To procure some, I had to drive about 45 minutes to St. Jerome, a city just outside Montreal, where the original Dieu du Ciel brewpub is located. L’Exorciste is […]

st bock September 24

Beerism Celebrates Saint-Bock’s 7th: A Q&A with Owner Martin Guimond

“I was the director of communications in marketing. I left everything to pursue this for the world of beer. I am making a fifth of the money that I used to. This passion animates all the brewers in Quebec.[but] it’s not easy. I just want there to be more choices in beer.” –          Martin Guimond […]

new blue beerism does September 17

Beerism Does “Festival l’Oktoberfest des Québécois” 2013 – From What We Can Remember Anyways…

A couple of weekends ago was the “Festival l’Oktoberfest des Québécois,” a beer festival located in Repentigny, which is not too far from the greater Montreal Area.  After a full day of drinking big, bold, complex, and high alcoholic beers,  I thought it would be hilarious to take the below photo with my fellow Beerism buddy, T.J. The […]

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Heady Topper VS Les Trois Mousquetaires’ Double IPA – A Comparison of Hop Brilliance

You might be asking why I’m covering Heady Topper – one of the most renowned beers in the world – alongside something brand new, unrecognized, and barely tasted by anyone. Well, since Les Trois Mousquetaires’ Double IPA was released a few weeks ago  (in very limited quantities), Quebec beer geeks have been losing their minds […]

IMG_20130707_051914 August 22

Simply the Breast! – St Ambroise Vintage Ale Meets Seared Duck

One of my favorite meats to eat and cook is duck, but more specifically, duck breasts. In texture and richness, it’s the perfect crossover between poultry and beef.  When cooked properly to medium rare, a duck breast should eat like a steak, but with a deliciously crispy skin on one side. Think about it, it’s […]

rasp square August 08

Debunking the Fruit Beer Myth – Raspberry Beer is Such a Beautiful Thing

I’m particularly excited about this article. For one, I get to talk about my favorite fruit and how it relates to beer, but mainly I’m excited because I got the pleasure to work with a new friend, who provided all the photography that you see throughout this article. Jasen, tu es magnifique! If you had […]

IMG_20130706_052508 August 01

5 Days of IPA’s: Homeland Edition – IPA Day in Quebec!

It’s IPA day!!!!  I couldn’t think of a better way to promote the festivities, than to write yet another IPA article! I’m thinking you all might be starting to tire of my endless IPA centric articles. Well, I guess my only defense is the fact that they are best tasted fresh, and therefore end up on […]

wpid-IMG_20130708_041222.jpg July 24

Smuttynose Carbonara: A big Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Imperial Stout Meets My Spaghetti.

It’s been a bit of time since my last “Beer & Food” article. It’s certainly not easy spending loads of time in the kitchen while taking care of my 15 month old son. However, the funny thing is that I tend to do these articles when I’m home alone with him, which would certainly be […]

smaller June 30

Dieu du Ciel’s Herbe a Detourne – A Comparison; How Do Citra Hops Taste After a Year?

So I’m getting more and more excited these days about how beer changes and develops over time in the bottle.  Because I’m relatively new to the world of being a beer geek, it’s only now that I can really start doing proper age comparisons. One, because I have a cellar, and two because I’ve learned […]

store4 June 29

T.J.’s Guide to Cross-Border Beer Buying

If you are Canadian and are curious about bringing back some of that great American craft beer over the border, this article is for you. For Canadians who want to pick up some craft brews from the States that are not available in their province, the only option is to travel there and pick them […]

Beaus June 21

Beau’s Winter Warmers – T.J.’s Take on some big Beers

Beau’s Brewery prides itself on being all natural, and has launched a special series of beers to fund its expansion in to clean energy. Just a 30 minute drive from Montreal, Beau’s has collaborated with le Trou du Diable and is at the forefront of experimentation in the Canadian craft brewery scene. Oh, and they […]

PicsArt_1368153382461 June 08

Dogfish Head Makes Some Big & Badass IPA’s – And we Can’t get Enough!

I’ve heard several people say “Dogfish Head is overrated,” and honestly, I’m not exactly sure what people mean when they make that statement, or if they themselves even know what they mean.  I guess I’ve always been kind of annoyed with that expression as a whole, because in my experience, the accuracy of the statement […]

mondial 2013 May 31

Beerism’s Guide to “Festival Mondial de la Biere 2013″ – A Day of Drinkin’

Well, it’s that time of year again, where we can all congregate in a giant room and taste beer from all over Quebec, and rest of the world.  That’s right, it’s “Festival Mondial de la Biere,” located in downtown Montreal, and the Beerism folks took the day off of work on opening day in order […]

IMG_7017 May 13

Hopfenstark’s Saison Station – Three Takes on the Same Style

Hopfenstark is a brew pub located in L’assomption, Quebec. It’s about 30 kilometers outside of Montreal. They bottle and distribute an impressive line up of beers, but their availability is not as widespread as most of the other Quebec based craft beers. For those imbedded in the Quebec beer scene, Hopfenstark is certainly a household […]

IMG_0647 May 12

From Empty to Discovery – T.J.’s look at the Evolution of a Beer Drinker & the American Red Ale

I came to a realization the other day as I gathered my empties to bring back to the shop, and the craft beer nerd will sympathise with me here. I noticed that I wouldn’t get a refund for most of the beer bottles that had collected themselves on the kitchen floor. As my curiosity for […]

photo(1) April 20

Brasseurs du Monde’s Quadrupel: ABT 12 – A Drink for Privileged Guests

I love quads. I can’t say why for certain, but there’s just something compelling about that big, dark, sweet and smooth taste that never tires for me. And just as I have trouble explaining why I love it, I find the beer world equally silent on just what the quad style is. Quads are sometimes […]

IMG_6990 April 11

Another 6 days of IPA’s – A Hop Bomb Comparison: Part II

A few months ago, I posted an article that examined some solid I.P.A’s from North America. It was certainly my most successful article to date, so I thought, why not do it again! In that article, entitled Six Days of I.P.A’s – A North American Hop Bomb Comparison, most of the beers were Canadian, although […]

backpack buttons April 09

T.J. Blinn on Social Media discoveries in the World of Beer

There’s a common prefix that amateurs and passionate people of all kinds have been using for the past 40 years to keep big corporations out of their figurative neighborhoods. That prefix is “Support your Local [insert beloved, independent, old-fashioned, and quickly disappearing thing here]”. We’ve all seen or known someone who has used this phrase, […]

Untitled April 04

Purgatory – Extra-strong porter, 10.5% Collaboration between Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel!

Late one night a couple of weeks ago, I was reading through my News Feed on Facebook while waiting for a friend. We were meeting to go out for some beers and all that we knew is that we were craving something locally made and funky. For Hop-Heads and beer-snobs, a pilsner or a blond […]

IMG_2295 March 30

A Year Old “Fullers Vintage Ale” Taste Comparison – The Tantalizing Test of Time

Although I’ve enjoyed beer for many years, it is only in the last two years or so that my interest has surpassed that of an individual who regularly enjoys beer, and progressed into someone with a geeky obsession.  About a year and a half ago, I was in Toronto visiting some friends and discovered “Fullers […]

IMG_2246 March 03

Beau’s All Natural Belgian Pale Ale Meets My Makeshift Lasagna

So once again I found myself home alone with my son – now about 9 1/2 months old.  He had just gone down for a nap,  and instead of being a normal person and taking some time to relax, I decided to use what’s lying around in the fridge and cupboard to roll out some […]

IMG_6968 February 02

Six Days of I.P.A’s – A North American Hop Bomb Comparison

The infamous India Pale Ale has been a staple for many craft breweries since the modern beer revival over the last few decades. Although originating in England, North America has taken this style leaps and bounds, and changed the way the world views hops and bitterness. The idea behind this article was to look at […]

IMG_2211 January 14

Zesty Risotto Meets Quebec’s Collaborative Saison from Ca Va Brasser!

I’m well aware that my last beer and food article involved risotto, but I just like making it so much that I’m going to have to bore you again with another one. In my defense, the previous review was mostly written several months ago and I just posted last week, because I’m just that slow. […]

IMG_2193 December 27

Goose Island: Sofie – The Beer Who Masqueraded as a Champagne

Belgian Style Ale 2012, 6.5 % – A Review by T.J. Blinn This review is of a special collection beer with Goose Island, a Chicago craft brewery that recently garnered the attention of macro-brewer Anheuser-Busch. We’ll not fault them for being good at what they do. The bottle reads Belgian Style Ale but the addition […]

IMG_1996 December 23

Brewed Pancetta #2 – Balancing Smokey Risotto, Propeller’s Double IPA… and a Baby!

So I started writing this entry a while ago.  I’m not sure why I dropped it, but for some reason it remained half finished for over four months. I began writing it just before we starting our moving preparations, so that could be why I didn’t have a chance to get back to it. Well, […]

IMG_2192 December 23

Ale de Hardy: Brasseurs du Monde: The « every flavor » beer.

Extra Strong Ale : Barley WIne 10.5 % – A Review by T.J. Blinn My first impression of this barley wine from Brasseurs du Monde is that it doesn’t look like a barley wine at all. Rather, I think that I’m looking at an English Ale, much as its confusing label suggests. And here is our […]

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