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 […]
Author: Noah Forrest
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
Brasserie Dunham Offers a Tongue-Tantilizing RIS That Doesn’t Disappoint
If you live in Montreal and you ever venture out to the eastern townships, there is great little town called Dunham. I’ve been there a few times and always stop in at “Homei,” a fantastic […]
The Season for Sour – Boquebiere’s Wild Yeast Saison Punches the Palate
Boquebiere, a microbrewery located in Sherbrooke Quebec, is relatively new to the Quebec scene, but has quickly become one of my favorite craft beer producers in the province. They have quite an extensive list of […]
Beerism goes… Simple? A “Simple Malt” Scotch Ale Comparison
Les Brasseurs Illimites – a brewery out of St. Eustasche, Quebec – have a line of beer called “Simple Malt.” I have always praised their offerings because of their diversity, quality, and generally reasonable prices. […]
Beau’s Weiss-O-Lantern Meets Some Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli!
Every time I make my way to Ottawa – which occurs often enough as I have family there – I treat myself to a stop in Vankleek Hill, where there resides a fantastic brewery called […]
Dogfish Head: Theobroma – An Ancient Ale with a Chocolate Twist
Some of the more eagle-eyed readers of this blog may have noticed that despite being based out of and very interested in the Quebec craft beer scene, there are an awful lot of reviews of […]
Beerism Goes Rogue! Dead Guy Ale & Double Dead Guy Ale Ain’t for the Frail
Rogue Ale was first founded in 1988 in Oregon and for the last 24 years, they have been brewing award wining, big and bold beers for the American public. Until now, I have not had […]
Alley Kat – A Fire Breathing Double IPA from Edmonton, Who Would Have Thought!
So my friend Ryan and I – who moved to Calgary several years back – decided to begin trading beer through the mail. As you might be aware (or not), it can be quite difficult […]
Pit Caribou’s Oxymor Wheat Wine does Something Different
Pit Caribou is a brewery out of Gaspe. I haven’t had too many of their offerings, but the ones I have had were quite good. Their Oxymor series seems to be beers that they are […]
Boson de Higgs – Hopfenstark’s Hybrid Hits Your Palate in all the Right Places
So until recently, Hopfenstark was kind of a mysterious brewery to me, only having tried their products at Beer festivals, and never seeing their bottles for sale. During the last festival I attended, I made sure to […]
An Imperial Stout Fit for Royalty – St Ambroise does it right!
It seemed about a good time to review this one as I’ve been sitting on it for over a year, patiently waiting to crack it open. Also, I managed to find another bottle from the […]
Brewed Pancetta #1 – Steam Beer and Some Basilic Ravioli Sear
So to continue with the notion of using what I have in the fridge, I was able to use my freezer as a primordial garden of Eden. I found a bunch of frozen ricotta cheese […]
Gavroche – The Biere de Garde from France that’s Well Worth the Cash!
At this point there are very few styles of beer that I’ve yet to try, however, this will be my first “Biere de Garde.” This is pretty much the only style of beer I’m aware […]
Clever Beef Tenderloin and the Rich Velvet Pistoles
As I mentioned in my previous post, we have been on a bit of a mission to use all the food we have around the house to make our meals. It’s a rather fun challenge […]
The Rebellious Curried Archibald – An Actual English Ale from Quebec
So I just started a three week vacation, spending my second day on the couch pretty much doing nothing: designing this blog while watching various television shows and playing with my son. We often shop […]