Category Archives: General Articles

April 21

Brasserie Artisanale Maltstrom – The Best New Thing in Town

An article by Noah Forrest At this point, it feels like every week a new brewery opens up in Québec. I mainly notice this when one of the stores I follow on social media posts a lineup of bottles or cans carrying a logo that I don’t recognize. And if I’m honest, I tend to […]

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 […]

January 12

Microbrasserie Le Castor: Grande Réserve, Then and Now – An Interview with Brewer Daniel Addey Jibb

An Article by Noah Forrest Montreal winter is here, and it’s a cruel bastard. It hasn’t been around long, so I’ve yet to become a whiny, irritable mess. But don’t worry, I’ll get there. Negative 30 degree temperatures and a few giant snow storms can quickly turn anyone into a weather loathing lunatic. That being […]

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 26

Beerism does Gueuze – An Ode to Lambic and a Critique of Those Who Love it

I’m nervous about writing this article. Why? Well, because creating Gueuze is a very complex art that has a rich and extremely long history, dating back centuries. To do it justice, or at least in order to avoid making any blatant errors, one needs to do research and tread lightly – unless you are already […]

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 […]

December 31

Beerism on the radio!

I was honoured to be a guest on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak on Monday, December 29th with Sabrina Marandola.  We chatted a bit about how beer has evolved in the last few years and how it is now okay to replace wine with beer at the dinner table. We also talked about what Quebec based beers […]

May 18

Beerism does Beerology – A Look Into the New Book by Acclaimed Master Cicerone Mirella Amato

When Appetite (by Random House) approached me to review their new book “Beerology” from acclaimed beer blogger and Master Cicerone Mirella Amato, I was honored, but also kind of nervous, as I tend to read at the pace of a drunken snail. However, the minute I started reading it, I was quickly immersed, and I actually […]

March 03

La Cuvée 2014 – A Night of Great Beers & Great Beards

Saturday morning I sat on my couch with my two year old son, watching Caillou and reflecting on the beer-soaked evening from the night before (not to mention also reflecting on why this cartoon kid has no hair). This weekend was the second annual “La Cuvée” in Montreal, and I had a chance to step […]

January 04

Dr. ‘Stange’ Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde

Sure it’s been negative 40 degrees Celsius these last few days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink something refreshing amongst all those imperial stouts you’ve been sipping. I mean, one can still get thirsty in the cold, no? Every Christmas we pack up our little family and head to Ottawa from Montreal in order […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 17

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 alcoholic beers,  I thought it would be hilarious to take the below photo with my fellow Beerism buddy, T.J. The […]

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 […]

May 31

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 Biere,” located in downtown Montreal, and the Beerism folks took the day off of work on opening day in order […]

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 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, […]