November 12

Brasserie du Bas-Canada Celebrates Their First Anniversary with a Bottle and Can Release

An article by Noah Forrest I can’t believe Brasserie du Bas-Canada has only been around for a year. In this short period of time, they have brought a rather contemporary angle to the Quebec hoppy beer scene; something some would argue was lacking. I’m not always huge on fruited or Milkshake IPAs, but these modern interpretations are […]

October 25

A Guide to Brasserie Dunham’s Fall 2018 Bottle release!

An article by Noah Forrest October is here. Winter jackets are being pulled from closets, leaves are hitting the ground, and there are far more pumpkin spiced things out there than we need. And although everyone is exited about Halloween, I’m actually more excited about Brasserie Dunham‘s 2018 bottle release. It’s happening this weekend! Brasserie […]

September 20

Gatineau’s Brasserie du Bas-Canada is changing the Quebec IPA scene.

An article by Noah Forrest Back in January of this year I barely knew who Brasserie du Bas-Canada was. Their unlabeled bottles with simple tags hanging from the neck were starting to show up on social media, but I wasn’t quite paying attention yet. As far as I knew, they were just another one of […]

September 06

Brett Never Sleeps: A Beerism and Brouerie Sutton Collaboration (100% Brett Brut IPA!)

An article by Noah Forrest A couple of months ago no one around here was talking about Brut IPAs. It was all haze, all day, everyday. If an IPA was filtered and clear, it had no place on the shelf in this modern New England-focused IPA landscape. And damn it, that’s how we liked it. […]

August 16

My Thoughts on Brasserie Dunham’s Foudre Unis 2018

An article by Noah Forrest This past weekend was Foudre Unis. We survived. If you are not aware, Foudre Unis 2018 was the first in a hopefully long series of beer festivals hosted by Brasserie Dunham (held about a ten minute drive from their brewery in a small eastern townships town called Frelighsburg). The festival […]

August 09

Ottawa’s Tooth and Nail Brewing Company Releases Barrel Reserve Series

An article by Noah Forrest I’m excited to write this post. Tooth and Nail Brewing Company is a gem of a brewery that I always recommend to people when they are visiting Ottawa. There is something special about the quality, consistency, drinkability, and care behind their products that elevates them to another level. I’ve been […]

August 02

Flora Hall and Brasserie du Bas-Canada Create a New Kind of Collaboration

An Article by Noah Forrest Gerald Comeau (a new Brut IPA from Brasserie du Bas-Canada and Flora Hall Brewing) was named after the man who’s been fighting inter-provincial Canadian alcohol restrictions for the last few years. First and foremost, the idea was to brew an innovative collaborative IPA between two breweries that are very close […]

July 31

Avant-Garde Releases a Rainbow of Barrel-Aged Funk

An Article by Noah Forrest 2017 was great for Avant-Garde – Artisans Brasseurs. They definitely stepped up their game from previous years, hosting two separate bottle releases and dropping a ton of barrel-aged beers for us to pine over. These bottles were rather well received, helping solidify their place in the province as one of […]

July 24

Microbrasserie 4 Origines Opens in Pointe-Saint-Charles

An article by Noah Forrest Microbrasserie 4 Origines opened its doors in April this year, but they are already starting to garner a reputation for quality beer. Located at the eastern tip of Point-St-Charles, patrons can have a beer in their beautiful tap room, or purchase bottles and cans to go. They are currently producing […]

July 13

Brasserie Distillerie Champ Libre Hosts Their First Bottle Release!

An article by Noah Forrest Hey! Guess what? Brasserie Distillerie Champ Libre is having a bottle release tomorrow, Saturday, July 14th, 2018! I provided some details about this a few weeks back, so I decided to write a follow up post to let you know how the beers turned out.  Guests are welcome to arrive […]

June 28

Champ Libre – An Interview with Alex Ganivet, A Review of their Core Line-up, and an Exclusive Look at their Upcoming Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest Do you ever just find yourself rooting for someone to succeed and prosper? That’s how I’ve felt about Alex Ganivet-Boileau pretty much the second I met him four years ago (as he hacked into a cask of the first ever batch of LTM’s Saison Brett during La Cuvée). At the time Alex […]

June 19

Boreale Continues to Step Up Their Hop Game

An article by Noah Forrest There is just so much to say about Boreale these days. Les Brasseurs du Nord, Boreale’s parent company, has been making quality beer for decades. The Boreale brand is a Quebec staple. For me, their beers were always reliable, very well priced, and usually the best option in a sea […]

June 07

Brasserie Artisanale Maltstrom Starts Barrel Aging – Yes Please!

An article by Noah Forrest Brasserie Artisanale Maltstrom may have only been around a couple of years, but they are already on their way to becoming one of the most sought after breweries in the province. Helmed by owner and brewer Michaël Fiset – as well as brewer Elaura Bussiere – this Notre-Dame-des-Prairies brewery is […]

May 24

A Preview of Brasserie Dunham’s May 2018 Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest With the approaching summer weather just around the corner, it also means that the infamous Brasserie Dunham May bottle release party is arriving! And this year is as sexy as ever. This Saturday on May 26th, brasserie Dunham invites you to drive out to the eastern townships for an afternoon of […]

April 24

Sutton Brouërie Brews Some Big and Burly Brett Beers to Finish off the Winter

An Article by Noah Forrest Most of the time when we think about the illustrious wild yeast genus brettanomyces (or brett for short), we picture sours, lambic, American wild ales, brett IPAs, or maybe bretted saisons. Basically, we think of beers that are dry, or hoppy, or tart, or sour, but generally rather drinkable. However, brett […]

April 11

Microbrasserie La Memphré Continues to Bottle Some Brilliantly Balanced Beer

An article by Noah Forrest The folks at Microbrasserie La Memphré have been busy over the last few months, delivering several brand new beers to the public as well as some returning classics. This Magog-based brewery is a must visit if you find yourself in Quebec’s eastern townships. The stand alone brewery and restaurant has […]

March 20

Half Hour on Earth is Releasing a Steady Flow of Barrel-Aged Sours

An article by Noah Forrest Back in November 2016, I was fortunate to get my hands on a slew of bottles from Half Hours on Earth. This small brewery from Seaforth Ontario was creating beautifully tart farmhouse ales, and they simply blew me away. Since then, Half Hours has gone from a relatively obscure brewery […]

March 13

Brasserie Harricana Nailed 2017 – An Interview with Head-Brewer Francis Richer

An Article by Noah Forrest Brasserie Harricana is becoming more and more known for their deliciously tart barrel-aged blends. They just released the forth and fifth bottle from their 7205 series and more are coming very soon. I got my hands on the full line-up, including a sneak peek at number six, which I’ll get […]

March 05

I think I have Survived La Cuvée 2018

An article byNoah Forrest Have you ever wondered if you could die from a hangover? Well, I had some time on Saturday morning to ponder this, as I hovered over my toilet bowl. The night before I attended the 2018 edition of La Cuvée d’hiver 2018 – and I think had a pretty good time? […]

February 27

Finally Discovering Microbrasserie Ras L’Bock

An article by Noah Forrest Microbrasserie Ras L’Bock hit the Quebec beer scene in 2015. This charismatic bunch is located Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, which is about 3 and a half hours north west of Montreal. Self-proclaimed as having La Plus Belle Terrasse au QC, Ras L’Bock appears to be a place of beer, music, and general partying antics. I’ve […]

February 20

Microbrasserie Riverbend Releases Three Barrel-aged Beers

An article by Noah Forrest Microbrasserie Riverbend is a brewery based out of Alma, QC (about 5hrs from Montreal). The brewery has been on the scene for about three years now and exclusively can all of their beers with a wide Quebec distribution. I tried a hand-full of their offerings a couple years back and […]

February 14

Brasserie Dunham Hosts Winter Bottle Release and Foudres Unis Ticket Sale on Same Day!

An article by Noah Forrest A couple of months ago, Brasserie Dunham announced that they will be hosting a spectacular beer event near the end of the summer. It’s called Foudres Unis. This event is a celebration for exceptional brewers and passionate beer lovers alike. The line-up of breweries is pretty earth shattering, including names […]

February 06

Péché Day 2018 – Another Péché Mortel Mixed Case to Excite us!

An article by Noah Forrest It’s February, and the cold has been around so long now that my anger has transformed into a form of cold-complacency. It’s depressing, demoralizing, and I want it done with! Luckily, it is also that time of year where imperial stouts are found in abundance. And more specifically, Péché Day is on […]

January 30

Small Pony Barrel Works – Ottawa’s Beer Scene Just got More Exciting

An article by Noah Forrest Small Pony Barrel Works opened its doors to the public at the tail end of 2017. Located in Kanata (just west of Ottawa), this new and innovative brewery focuses solely on Barrel-aged products – and in particular, sours. Barrel-aging is nothing new, the modern craft-beer scene is loaded with various […]

January 24

Dieu du Ciel!’s Winter 2018 Bottle Release Yields Several New Barrel-Aged Variants!

An article by Noah Forrest 2018 is upon us. And before we can even scratch the surface of amazing beers to come, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! is about to release a plethora of new variants for us all to salivate over. That’s right, this weekend is Dieu du Ciel! St. Jerome’s 10th anniversary party, as […]

January 16

Never Ending Barrel-Aged Sours From Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

An article by Noah Forrest In 2017, Microbrasserie Pit Caribou had a spectacular year, and that’s probably putting it lightly. Early on, they released an ambitious, extremely well received barrel-aged sour blend called Neuvin, and it just snowballed from there. Countless barrel-aged sours came down the pipeline – so much so, it became very difficult […]

December 28

Beerism’s Top 13 New Quebec beers of 2017!

An article by Noah Forrest 2017 has been a pretty momentous year for the Quebec beer scene. Several new breweries opened their doors, all kinds of new and amazing products hit the shelves, and for some annoying reason, lactose is on the rise (to be fair though, we didn’t start it). That said, there were […]

December 21

Microbrasserie À La Fût – Still Brewing Quality

An article by Noah Forrest Microbrasserie À La Fût is one of the those quality Quebec breweries that has been around forever while at the same time being a brewery that is often taken for granted. It certainly has been from me. I don’t try nearly enough of their products, but when I do, I’m […]

December 11

Avant-Garde Returns with Their Second Bottle Release This Year

An article by Noah Forrest A few weeks back, Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs hosted their second ever barrel-aged bottle release at their home inside the Oshlag brewery in Montréal. This contract brewery, with Renaud Gouin and Shawn Duriez at the helm, has had a pretty exceptional year. Last April these guys dished out some tasty barrel-aged […]

December 05

The Wild Shack 3: This Time It’s Personal

An article by Noah Forrest About two years ago I wrote about The Wild Shack for the first time. Back then, you probably had no idea who they were. That has changed. The talented and sexy duo behind The Wild Shack are the illustrious Remi Galipeau and Maxime Dallaire. And this year, they have been […]

November 27

Microbrasserie Kruhnen Changes Their Look

An article by Noah Forrest As much as one can say that label art shouldn’t effect how we choose a given bottle of beer, it certainly still does. This is especially true for individuals who are first discovering craft beer (or any product, really). If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll often end […]

November 21

Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! Releases “Caisse d’hiver” for the Holidays

An article by Noah Forrest This week, Dieu du Ciel! is releasing a new winter mix pack called Caisse d’hiver! Starting this week, it will be available for purchase in stores all across the province. This soon-to-be illustrious case of beer contains four different barrel-aged creations for us to sip on over the holidays. Three […]

November 14

Merit Brewing – Modern Beer with Traditional Inspiration

An article by Noah Forrest The Toronto brewing scene is blowing up more and more every year. Bellwoods is quickly becoming one of the best in the country, while countless other Toronto-based breweries produce some exceptional beers. Even when you venture outside the greater Toronto area, there are still some fantastic breweries. Half Hours on […]

November 06

Oshlag Releases Whiskey Fortified Imperial Stout Called “Fort Noir”

An Article by Noah Forrest Barrel-aging beer is nothing new at this point. Whether it’s bourbon and whiskey barrels, or even wine barrels, it seems that at this point most breweries have dabbled in the process. Alcohol-infused oak lends new layers of complexity to the beer that’s being aged. Bourbon will impart lots of vanilla […]

November 02

Tasting Pit Caribou’s Perséides Spontanée no. 1 – Quebec’s First Spontaneously Fermented Beer

An Article by Noah Forrest Spontaneous fermentation has come to Québec.  Microbrasserie Pit Caribou will be the first to showcase this process with a brand new beer called Perséides Spontanée no. 1. It will be released tomorrow (Friday, November 3rd) at their brewery in Percé as well as at a handful of select stores around […]

October 30

Brasserie Auval Continues to Impress Throughout 2017

An article by Noah Forrest In the span of less than three years, Brasserie Auval has become one of the most sought after and hyped breweries in Canada. Whenever a new beer drops, the online trading forums light up with those seeking and trading these illustrious beers. To say they are hyped is a bit […]

October 23

A Look at Brasserie Dunham’s 2017 Fall Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest Two Saturday’s ago marked the 2017 Brasserie Dunham Fall bottle release, an event that helps one cope with the impending winter doom that awaits us. As usual, many incredible barrel-aged bottles were sold to thirsty patrons in the beautiful town of Dunham, Quebec.  In previous years, the list of available […]

October 10

Dieu du Ciel! Releases Two New Fruited Sours: Symbiose No9 & Été Indien. 

An Article by Noah Forrest Dieu du Ciel! spoiled us last year. They released so many new beers that it was actually hard to keep up – especially for a fanboy blogger like myself. This year was a bit more restrained for DDC in the “new release” department, and instead, they seemed to fine-tune their […]

October 03

Examining Beer Glassware Part 2: Lehmann Oenomust at Alambika

An article by Noah Forrest A few months ago, I tested some handmade beer glasses from the Pretentious Glass Co. in order to examine how different craft beer styles work in conjunction with craft glassware. These glasses were smooth, durable and uniquely constructed. I was impressed with their design and general function. They had a […]

September 27

Brasserie Harricana Dives Head First Into the Barrel Aging Game

An article by Noah Forrest Last June I spend several hours wandering through Mondial de la Bière (Montréal’s largest beer festival), trying beer after beer from some of Quebec’s best. When I arrived at the Brasserie Harricana kiosk, I was greeted by an old friend, Francis Richer, who had recently taken the helm as head […]

August 17

The Trillium Brewing Company Basically Owns the IPA Scene

An article by Noah Forrest Most of my writing efforts center around the Quebec and Ontario brewing scene within Canada. That said, I’m changing directions today so that I can talk for a moment about pretty much the best IPAs in the world right now. And of course, I’m referring to Trillium Brewing Company in Boston, […]

August 10

Microbrasserie Trou du Diable Further Refines Their Barrel Aging Skills

An article by Noah Forrest Barrel-aged wild ales and sours have taken Québec by storm over the last few years, and I for one am more than happy to be one of this province’s guinea pigs. When breweries gain experience, their experimentation becomes tighter. As a result, innovative beers that are not only interesting – […]

July 27

A Look at Brasserie Vrooden’s Take on German Beer styles. 

An article by Noah Forrest Let’s be honest, for the most part, the modern craft beer enthusiast isn’t particularly excited about traditional German-styled lagers and ales (with the exception of the hyper-trendy Berliner Weisse). This is certainly not the case for everyone, but I believe the success of the Pilsner and it’s aggressive annihilation of […]

July 24

Microbrasserie Labrosse – The West Island Finally has Beer

An article by Noah Forrest Like so many Montreal “Anglos,” I grew up in the West Island. I lived there for a good portion of my life. As a people, I don’t think we are particularly well-liked by the rest of the city. Many see West Islanders a people who act entitled in some way, […]

July 19

Brasserie Dunham Throws Surprise Summer Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest Summer is finally taking hold of Montréal, or at least we can hope. I was recently on vacation and the weather was garbage for the most part. That said, the colder temperatures allowed me to kill off a few imperial stouts. However, I think many of us are looking forward […]

June 28

Ultra Mosaika from Dieu du Ciel! is Here to Save Us

An article by Noah Forrest “Beer geek” is a popular term within the craft beer community. A lot of people (including those who label themselves as one) consider beer geeks to be an individual who knows a lot about beer, to the point where they see themselves an expert of sorts. And this isn’t wrong, […]

June 27

The Best Beer I Had at Mondial de la Biere 2017

An article by Noah Forrest Well, another Mondial de la bière has come and gone. However, this year I was able to make it out to the event for a few hours in order to take in some of the deliciousness. For the last couple of years, I’ve approached the event rather differently. I used […]

June 14

The Wild Shack Collaborates with Sutton Brouerie to Create “Sutton Goes Wild”

An Article by Noah Forrest Not only is craft beer refreshing in a literal sense, but also from an entrepreneurial perspective. Countless breweries learn from each other, exchange ideas, and actually work on collaborative products. When these things occur, it challenges our traditional notion of what competition is and what it means to run a […]

June 07

New Sauvignon Barrel Aged Genèse with Brett from Dieu du Ciel! Launches This Saturday

An article by Noah Forrest Last year I blasted you all with an onslaught of articles about Dieu Du Ciel! Pretty much every month I had a new beer to talk about. It wasn’t my fault though, they just kept pumping out new bottle after new bottle – they were basically completely re-doing their Momentum […]

May 31

Surviving 15 bottles of Dieu du Ciel’s Équinoxe du Printemps – Verticals & Variants: Part 5 

An article by Noah Forrest After drinking eleven different vintages (and variants) of Dieu du Ciel!‘s Solstice Hiver in one sitting last year, I really didn’t think we’d be able to top it, but we did… Over the last half decade or so, I’ve been collecting bottles of Équinoxe Du Printemps:  Dieu du Ciel!’s maple […]