March 27

Examining Beer Glassware Part 1: Pretentious Glass Company

An article by Noah Forrest The beer community has strong opinions about proper glassware. Some think it’s of the utmost importance, while others think it’s complete nonsense. I think that maybe it falls somewhere in the middle.  I love glassware. I collect it, and I very much enjoy tailoring the beer I’m drinking to a […]

March 14

Les Trois Mousquetaires Launches New Double IPA Bavaroise

An Article by Noah Forrest Québec has historically been a bit behind the times when it comes to hop forward beers. I first started getting into craft beer about six years ago, and at the time there wasn’t much that fell into the American IPA spectrum within Québec. A few examples existed, but nothing in […]

March 06

Péché Day 2017! Time to Celebrate This Amazing Beer with a Brand New 4-Pack

An Article by Noah Forrest If you are unfamiliar with Péché Mortel, I suggest you change that – you’ve been missing out. Let’s bring you up to speed. Péché Mortel is a coffee infused Imperial Stout brewed by Dieu du Ciel! It’s been around for close to two decades, is generally rated as the best […]

March 02

Brasserie Dunham Surprises us with Winter Bottle Release 

An article by Noah Forrest Surprise! That’s right, Brasserie Dunham up and decided to have a small bottle release at the end of February. I usually like to tell you about these things ahead of time, but in this case, the release actually happened last Saturday. If you’re lucky enough though, they probably still have bottles […]

February 22

GLB’s Porters and Stouts – Let’s Put Down the IPA for Just a Moment and Drink Something Dark

An Article by Noah Forrest Toronto’s Great Lakes Brewery has just celebrated their 30th Anniversary! This is a massive milestone in the craft beer community, making them one of the first craft breweries in the country. I’ve written several articles about GLB at this point. Generally, they have all centered around the pretty magnificent hopped […]

February 02

A Tasting Guide to Dieu du Ciel!’s 2017 Winter Bottle Release 

An article by Noah Forrest 2017 has arrived. Trump is president. Sigh. At least there is good beer to be had. Perhaps all these delicious craft elixirs can numb the pain of watching endless videos of that floppy faced orange buffoon, as he tries to set us back fifty years. Sadly, I don’t think there […]

February 01

Vices&Versa Turns Thirteen – A Collaborative Celebration 

An article by Noah Forrest By nature we are competitive. Some more than others of course, but our natural affinity towards competition manages to shape our lives in many ways. It has certainly shaped our economy. Businesses often grapple with one another, each trying to stay ahead of the other while generally viewing their peers […]

January 25

Le Trou du Diable and Hill Farmstead Collaborate to Create Argan, a “Gluten Free” beer.

An article by Noah Forrest What happens when one of the best breweries in Canada teams up with one of the best breweries in the world? Is the result perhaps the best “gluten-free” beer ever made? That’s right, Shawinigan’s own Le Trou du Diable teamed up with Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery to create a collaborative, […]

January 18

Three years of Amsterdam’s Double Tempest – Verticals & Variants: Episode 4

An article by Noah Forrest When keeping a beer cellar, you generally want to fill it with bottles that can stand the test of time. However, that’s only if you can muster the self restraint needed to avoid drinking the beers you actually intend to age. It’s the ongoing internal struggle of the cellaring beer-geek. […]

January 12

The Wild Shack – Part 2: Revenge of the Fruit

An article by Noah Forrest “Hey Noah, when the hell are you going to stop writing so many damn articles about fruit beer!?” Well, maybe I’ll stop when fruit stops tasting so damn delicious! Alright, so no one has actually asked me that question, but I’m sure some people have thought about it. But I’m […]

January 03

Boréale Joins the Haze-Craze with their Latest Épisode: IPA du Nord-Est

An Article by Noah Forrest Boréale is at it again with the latest edition of their growing Épisode series of beers. The beers from this lineup are innovative creations by Boréale’s brewmaster, Gabriel Dulong. Brewed in small batches in a eight hectolitre pilot brewery, the Épisode project allows Gabriel to brew interesting, craft-focused beers without the […]

December 29

Beerism’s Top 12 Quebec Beers from 2016 – A Terrible Year, but Certainly not for Beer. 

An article by Noah Forrest So, 2016 was pretty much a giant pile of shit. Luckily though, the Quebec beer scene wasn’t a part of all this shittiness, and has instead continued to thrive and improve, exploding with new and amazing beers almost every week. Now, not all the beers were fantastic, that’s for sure, […]

December 20

Brasserie Harricana Celebrates Their Two Year Anniversary with a Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest I’ve been a busy boy these last few weeks. It seems like every couple of days yet another brewery is releasing amazing beers right before the holidays. I’ve been fortunate enough to drink them, and even more fortunate to have been given the opportunity to write about most of them. […]

December 15

Vox Populi’s Marché de Noël! The Next Step in Connecting with Customers

An article by Noah Forrest In June 2016, Microbrasserie Vox Populi hit the Quebec beer scene with their flagship Double Fruit Punch IPA. Shortly after came Anna, a hopped up Belgian Tripel, and then their Kettle Sour. The folks behind this gypsy brewery are constantly trying to improve their products; their philosophy is that they […]

December 12

Microbrasserie la Memphré – Balance & Drinkability Above All

An article by Noah Forrest  The beer landscape has been expanding and changing at an exponential rate over the last few decades. However, in the last couple of years, things have been progressing that much more rapidly. This means more brewers, more breweries, more beer styles, more trends, and more beer geeks. As all these […]

December 08

LTM Double IPA Day 2016: Holy Smokes, a Brand New Barils d’Exception Too!

An article by Noah Forrest Well, since the cancellation of Les Trois Mousqutaire‘s Double IPA day back in August, we have all stood by, patiently waiting on news of whether it would happen at all this year. Well, thankfully, it will! In fact, if you didn’t know already, it’s happening tomorrow morning! So, I guess that […]

December 02

L’Espace Public Releases a Sour Stout in Time for the Holidays: Bière de Driveway

An Article by Noah Forrest For those who don’t know, L’Espace Public is a brew-pub located in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve quartier of Montreal. Without an ounce of pretentiousness, this tiny unassuming bar fits the vibe of the area perfectly, carrying a worn-in urban edge that still feels inviting. I’ve spent several nights there, and I’ll spend many […]

November 29

Brasserie Auval Continues to Wow the Canadian Beer Scene!

An article by Noah Forrest This will be my third article about Brasserie Auval within a year. In that short time, they have has managed to climb the ranks, becoming one of the most sought after breweries in the country. Every day now, Facebook trading forums are lined with posts about Brasserie Auval. When their […]

November 22

Microbrasserie Le Castor – A Successful Year Wielding Brettanomyces

An Article by Noah Forrest Over the last few years, Microbrasserie Le Castor has managed to carve itself a spot as one of the best breweries in Quebec. Their popularity first exploded when they released their flagship IPA, Yakima, which at the time was probably the only solid American IPA in the province. Years later […]

November 15

Discovering Half Hours on Earth – Ontario Farmhouse Ales at their Best

An article by Noah Forrest I may need to warn you, this is a bit of a long article. I’m sorry, but there was just too much to say and I had several bottles to drink and talk about. It’s okay though, because Half Hours on Earth is worth your time, trust me. It was […]

October 20

An Exclusive Look at this Weekend’s 2016 Brasserie Dunham October Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest Fall is nice. The leaves change colour, apples are plentiful, and you can walk around wearing a hoodie without people thinking you’re just trying to look cool. It’s not so cold that you hate the world, but you are also preparing yourself for the impeding doom that’s on the horizon. […]

October 05

LTM is at it Again with New Barils D’Exceptions: Déjeuner Impérial & P.A.B

An article by Noah Forrest Surprise! Once again Les Trois Mousquetaires has decided to unleash some extremely limited bottles on unsuspecting beer geeks!  Yes, that’s right, the two newest members of the illustrious Barils d’Exception series were available for purchase this morning; specifically Déjeuner Impérial and P.A.B. Sadly though, they will go quick. Once again, Beerism […]

September 27

Dieu Du Ciel!’s Péché Mortel, Six Ways – Verticals & Variants: Episode 3 

An article by Noah Forrest Summer has officially come to a close. This makes me sad. To be honest though, I’ve never actually been a big fan of the heat, but as I’ve grown older and crustier each year, I’ve begun to despise winter more and more – perhaps loving summer by default. I’d like […]

September 20

Brasserie Bois Blanc – Making Hudson Hoppier

An article by Noah Forrest When entering Brasserie Bois Blanc, it feels warm, inviting, and best of all, like home. The town Of Hudson (45 minutes west of Montreal) carries that typical quaint little town vibe (alongside some extra shrubbery). I tend to love these small towns, with their extra attention to classic architecture, fun […]

September 01

Genèse: Dieu du Ciel!’s Brand New Apricot Tripel – A Beerism Exclusive

An article by Noah Forrest Dieu du Ciel! has had one hell of a year, and I for one know this because lately I’ve written a stupid number of articles about them. I just can’t help myself! They keep releasing new beer after new beer, and I’m having a hard time keeping up! They’ve had […]

August 22

Le Trou du Diable Breaks the Wine-Barrel Mould With Three New Beers

An Article by Noah Forrest It seems that the gap between wine and beer is starting to get smaller. Certainly, one will never become the other, nor should it. However, with the rising popularity of wine barrel aged beer – both in the classic sense and with this new era of vinous experimentation – there […]

August 12

Ceci N’est Pas une Gueuze 2016 vs 2015 – Verticals & Variants: Part 2

An article by Noah Forrest For readers who don’t speak French, the illustrious “Ceci N’est pas Une Gueuze” from Les Trois Mousquetaires translates into English as “This is not a Gueuze.” And by any “official” standard, it isn’t a Gueuze (I’ll explain why, shortly). This beer hit shelves for the first time last year, and […]

July 28

Dieu du Ciel “Gose” at it With Two New Beers! Get it! Get it!

An article by Noah Forrest  2016 certainly seems to be the year for new beers from Dieu du Ciel! At this point I’ve already written several articles showcasing the most recent offerings from one of the best breweries in the world; this post will be no different. So today, I’m going to talk about two […]

July 25

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Takes it up a Notch

An article by Noah Forrest For beer folks in Ontario, Beau’s all Natural Brewing has been a household name for some time now. I remember first going to the brewery about five years ago, where the retail store was the size of a closet and they had two beers to bring home with you. Now, […]

July 19

Micro-Brasserie Le Trou Du Diable Celebrates Ten Years with “X”

An article by Noah Forrest The world’s beer scene is in a state of hyperdrive. Quebec is no different. New breweries are popping up all the time, while the existing ones are expanding, fine-tuning their skills, and becoming far more experimental. Over the last few years, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Brasserie Dunham, and Le Castor have […]

July 13

Auberge Brouerie Sutton – Go Already, What Are You Waiting For? 

An article by Noah Forrest The moment you walk into an establishment, you immediately get hit with a vibe. This feeling can be intense or subtle, uncomfortable or inviting, even boring or lively; but nevertheless, you always feel something. It’s a somewhat indescribable human feeling that seems to be important for sussing out an environment. […]

July 05

Les Trois Mousquetaires Kills it Again. This Time with “Barils D’exception”

An article by Noah Forrest Last winter, Les Trois Mousquetaires released an epic beer called Baril Unique. Guess what? They are at it again! LTM regularly brews a Baltic porter — it’s rich, bold and delicious. Then, once a year they age this porter in a mix of bourbon and brandy barrels, blending them to create […]

June 23

Les Trois Mouquetaire’s IPA just won Mondial 2016 (At least in my Drunken Opinion)

An article by Noah Forrest Once again Mondial de la Bière has come and gone. And guess what, I was actually there. That’s right, I left the house and drank beer with people other than my partner and two young children. Although brief, it was still nice to get out. Sadly, though, I don’t remember […]

June 15

The 2016 Dieu du Ciel! Summer Bottle Release is Here, and Beerism has you Covered

An article by Noah Forrest For the first time that I’m aware of, Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! is having a summer bottle release party! I, for one, am excited!  With the exception of a couple of bigger beers, the line up generally consists of wild beers, sour blends, and fruited sexiness – or some combination of […]

June 09

Vox Populi’s Double Fruit Punch IPA – Yes, It’s Here! 

An article by Noah Forrest I’ve been writing this blog for over four years now, and in that time I’ve seen a lot of progression within this industry. It could be breweries expanding to churn out more volume, brewers starting to create new and more innovative styles, or even fun collaborations. I really feel everything […]

June 07

Chronique de Mars: Basically a Beer-Geek’s Wet Dream

An article by Noah Forrest Although I have written countless articles about Quebec craft beer, there are still so many breweries that I haven’t been able to talk about. One of the reasons is that many brew pubs don’t bottle their beers. I have a young family, I’m pretty much a home-body, and so I […]

June 02

Brasserie Auval: The Best New Quebec Brewery Keeps Getting Better

An article by Noah Forrest Last year, Brasserie Auval hit the Quebec beer scene in almost covert fashion, launching three amazing but very limited beers. Once people got their hands on them, hype ensued. Now every time Auval puts bottles out, Montreal beer geeks scurry around town trying to find them, like a group of […]

May 30

How About a Little Fruited Beer to Kick Off the Summer? Well, Dieu du Ciel! Has You Covered

An article by Noah Forrest Summer is that much closer, which means that beers are getting lighter, more refreshing, and in many cases, tart and sour. There is nothing quite like sitting in your yard or on a terrace, with the sun blazing down on you, while you drink a cold and refreshing beer. I […]

May 24

Verticals & Variants: Episode #1 – Dieu du Ciel!’s Solstice D’Hiver

An Article by Noah Forrest For many beer geeks, part of the fun of buying beer is to collect bottles that are “ageable” and holding onto them for extended periods of time. Not only do we do this to see how they change and evolve over the years, but also so that we can compare […]

May 16

Brasserie Dunham Turns 5! An Interview with Partner Simon Gaudreault, and a Look at Six New Beers

An article by Noah Forrest Not only is it time to rejoice simply because the month of May is upon us – which means the summer heat is imminent – but also because Brasserie Dunham‘s 5th anniversary spring bottle release party is landing this Saturday! Brasserie Dunham is already 5 years old! Happy birthday!  For […]

May 09

Les Trois Mousquetaire’s New Take on Three Beers – An interview with Alex Ganivet-Boileau

An article by Noah Forrest Most of the time it’s quite important for beers to remain consistent with every new batch. Customers know what they like, so constant change isn’t a good approach. And yet the craft-beer industry is largely about innovation, craftsmanship and experimentation. Good breweries and brewers need to keep up with the […]

May 02

Dieu du Ciel! Gives us Two Brand New Spring Beers to Session and Savour

An article by Noah Forrest One of the things I love the most about beer is how versatile it is. There is a beer for any and every occasion. There is also a beer for every season; in fact, there are many beers for any and all types of weather. In the darkest depths of […]

April 26

Great Lakes Brewery, Again! Octopus Wants to Fight Robohop

An article by Noah Forrest Every few months — and sometimes not even that long — Mike Lackey and the team at Great Lakes Brewery drops another brilliantly canned IPA on the Ontario beer scene. In the past these Toronto releases were brewery-only, with limited availability. That’s still the case with some of their beers, […]

April 20

Tooth & Nail Brewing Company – Rediscovering the Basics with One of the Best Breweries in Ottawa

An article by Noah Forrest Ottawa’s beer scene is growing quickly. New breweries and brewpubs are popping up all the time; some more notable than others, but most moving in the right direction. It’s also a great city for beer-buying. You have the LCBO releases; you can buy growlers, bottles and cans directly from many […]

April 13

Boréale Launches a New Project Called “Épisode”- Beerism Tastes the First in this Series and Interviews Brewmaster Gabriel Dulong

An article by Noah Forrest If you’re from Quebec, then you are familiar with Boréale. When I say “you,” I’m not referring to beer geeks; I’m talking about anyone who has ever set foot in a bar, restaurant or grocery store. Since I started drinking, long before the current craft-beer revolution, Boréale has always held […]

March 29

Immoralité is here! Dieu du Ciel!’s Latest and Most Anticipated Momentum of 2016

An article by Noah Forrest In the past I’ve talked a bit about the IPA scene in Quebec, and how three or four years ago you’d be hard pressed to find a hoppy beer in this province that was particularly exceptional. There were a few one-offs here and there that were solid, but even then […]

March 23

Le Castor’s Sanctuaire Variants – An Ode to Wine Barrel Aged Beer

An article by Noah Forrest Aging beer in wine barrels is nothing new; Belgian lambic producers have been doing it for ages. However, with the rising cost of bourbon barrels and the surge in tart and funky beers, there are a lot more examples hitting the shelves these days. Moreover, the beer scene is exploding, encouraging […]

March 15

Brasserie Dunham Meets Sauternes: A New Take on Wine Barrel Aged Beer

An article by Noah Forrest Okay, so here’s the deal – I’ve never actually tasted Sauternes. Every time this comes up in conversation, wine folk are like, “What? You’ve never had Sauternes? What’s wrong with you? You HAVE to try it!” I thought, ya ya, whatever. Then Brasserie Dunham goes and creates two new sexy […]

March 01

Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) – Enjoying a Few Beers From the Top Tier in Ontario’s Craft Beer Scene

An article by Noah Forrest Just like in Quebec and most other provinces, Ontario’s beer scene is expanding more and more every month. New breweries and brew pubs are constantly being opened, some doing amazing things, and others, well, not so much. However, amongst all these new and older establishments, exists a brewery that has […]

February 22

Séries Impériale Does it Again – A Fantastic Barrel Aged Barleywine from Marché du Village

An Article by Noah Forrest The folks at Marché du Village are at it again! This independent, super store of sorts – located right off the highway when driving through the Eastern Townships – just released their second installment in a series of big barrel aged beers called Séries Impérial. Last year they created “Scotch […]