Category Archives: Food Pairing

As you have come to realize, beer is a passion of mine. Long before my love affair with this hoppy beverage, I had another passion and hobby – cooking, In this section of Beerism I’ll be examining the relationship between beer, food, and the cooking process. Most of my beer tasting and drinking is done around the kitchen, while preparing or eating dinner. The two go hand in hand, and more and more culinary enthusiasts are examining the beer/food paring with great interest, some even arguing that the freedom given from the multitude of beer styles allows for a better, more direct compliment to food than even wine.

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 […]

February 23

Beerism does GlutenBerg’s Myrcène de glace: Another Beer Made for Food

As usual, I find myself preparing to write a food paring article having done absolutely no planning. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it allows me to be creative in the moment; luckily, I just happened to have the right ingredients to pair perfectly with this beer. In early spring 2014, Glutenberg – a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

November 16

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 Beau’s All Natural Brewing company.  On my previous visit I acquired several beers, one of them being a Hefeweizen, called […]

October 08

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 ravioli (unfortunately not homemade) and a block of smoked Pancetta that I brought from the cheese shop on the corner […]

August 29

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 for me as I enjoy cooking immensely. In my opinion, the most creatively satisfying meal you can make is one […]

August 06

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 for food on a daily basis. This isn’t a problem as we have various grocery stores within steps of our […]