Author Archives: tjblinn

December 07

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 […]

November 17

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 […]

July 13

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, […]

June 10

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 […]

December 02

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]