Tag Archives: Barrel Aged

December 20

Brasserie Harricana Celebrates Their 4th Annivesary with a Party and a Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest It seems like just recently that I was reading about Brasserie Harricana opening their doors for the first time. But in reality it was four years ago! The brewery has come a long way in that time. They have always had a flair for eclectic beer styles and combinations, using interesting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

May 25

Microbrasserie La Memphré Releases Two New Barrel Aged Beers

An article by Noah Forrest  With two very young children, it’s needless to say that it can be quite a challenge to go anywhere. Like, ever. However, once in a while my in-laws will take the kids so we can step back out into the real world and walk around without a toddler dangling from […]

April 13

Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs Celebrates One year Anniversary With Bottle Release Party 

Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs will be celebrating their first anniversary this coming weekend. To commemorate the occasion, they are throwing a bottle release party at the Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie, where all theirs beers are made.  Premier anniversaire d’Avant-Garde Saturday, April 15th 2017 13:00-15:00 Further details right here. Avant-Garde is the brain child of Renaud Gouin […]

April 10

Microbrasserie La Memphré Keeps Impressing the Quebec Beer Scene

An article by Noah Forrest So if you haven’t noticed, Microbrasserie La Memphré has been releasing some pretty damn impressive beers lately, and the local Québec craft beer scene is taking notice.  Just a few weeks back, the trading forums were lighting up with people searching for Ralph Merry (Memphré’s delicious barrel aged Scotch Ale […]

December 08

LTM Double IPA Day 2016: Holy Smokes, a Brand New Barils d’Exception Too!

An article by Noah Forrest Well, since the cancellation of Les Trois Mousqutaire‘s Double IPA day back in August, we have all stood by, patiently waiting on news of whether it would happen at all this year. Well, thankfully, it will! In fact, if you didn’t know already, it’s happening tomorrow morning! So, I guess that […]

November 22

Microbrasserie Le Castor – A Successful Year Wielding Brettanomyces

An Article by Noah Forrest Over the last few years, Microbrasserie Le Castor has managed to carve itself a spot as one of the best breweries in Quebec. Their popularity first exploded when they released their flagship IPA, Yakima, which at the time was probably the only solid American IPA in the province. Years later […]

October 20

An Exclusive Look at this Weekend’s 2016 Brasserie Dunham October Bottle Release

An article by Noah Forrest Fall is nice. The leaves change colour, apples are plentiful, and you can walk around wearing a hoodie without people thinking you’re just trying to look cool. It’s not so cold that you hate the world, but you are also preparing yourself for the impeding doom that’s on the horizon. […]

September 27

Dieu Du Ciel!’s Péché Mortel, Six Ways – Verticals & Variants: Episode 3 

An article by Noah Forrest Summer has officially come to a close. This makes me sad. To be honest though, I’ve never actually been a big fan of the heat, but as I’ve grown older and crustier each year, I’ve begun to despise winter more and more – perhaps loving summer by default. I’d like […]

August 12

Ceci N’est Pas une Gueuze 2016 vs 2015 – Verticals & Variants: Part 2

An article by Noah Forrest For readers who don’t speak French, the illustrious “Ceci N’est pas Une Gueuze” from Les Trois Mousquetaires translates into English as “This is not a Gueuze.” And by any “official” standard, it isn’t a Gueuze (I’ll explain why, shortly). This beer hit shelves for the first time last year, and […]

July 19

Micro-Brasserie Le Trou Du Diable Celebrates Ten Years with “X”

An article by Noah Forrest The world’s beer scene is in a state of hyperdrive. Quebec is no different. New breweries are popping up all the time, while the existing ones are expanding, fine-tuning their skills, and becoming far more experimental. Over the last few years, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Brasserie Dunham, and Le Castor have […]

July 05

Les Trois Mousquetaires Kills it Again. This Time with “Barils D’exception”

An article by Noah Forrest Last winter, Les Trois Mousquetaires released an epic beer called Baril Unique. Guess what? They are at it again! LTM regularly brews a Baltic porter — it’s rich, bold and delicious. Then, once a year they age this porter in a mix of bourbon and brandy barrels, blending them to create […]

June 15

The 2016 Dieu du Ciel! Summer Bottle Release is Here, and Beerism has you Covered

An article by Noah Forrest For the first time that I’m aware of, Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! is having a summer bottle release party! I, for one, am excited!  With the exception of a couple of bigger beers, the line up generally consists of wild beers, sour blends, and fruited sexiness – or some combination of […]

June 02

Brasserie Auval: The Best New Quebec Brewery Keeps Getting Better

An article by Noah Forrest Last year, Brasserie Auval hit the Quebec beer scene in almost covert fashion, launching three amazing but very limited beers. Once people got their hands on them, hype ensued. Now every time Auval puts bottles out, Montreal beer geeks scurry around town trying to find them, like a group of […]

May 24

Verticals & Variants: Episode #1 – Dieu du Ciel!’s Solstice D’Hiver

An Article by Noah Forrest For many beer geeks, part of the fun of buying beer is to collect bottles that are “ageable” and holding onto them for extended periods of time. Not only do we do this to see how they change and evolve over the years, but also so that we can compare […]

May 16

Brasserie Dunham Turns 5! An Interview with Partner Simon Gaudreault, and a Look at Six New Beers

An article by Noah Forrest Not only is it time to rejoice simply because the month of May is upon us – which means the summer heat is imminent – but also because Brasserie Dunham‘s 5th anniversary spring bottle release party is landing this Saturday! Brasserie Dunham is already 5 years old! Happy birthday!  For […]

May 09

Les Trois Mousquetaire’s New Take on Three Beers – An interview with Alex Ganivet-Boileau

An article by Noah Forrest Most of the time it’s quite important for beers to remain consistent with every new batch. Customers know what they like, so constant change isn’t a good approach. And yet the craft-beer industry is largely about innovation, craftsmanship and experimentation. Good breweries and brewers need to keep up with the […]

March 23

Le Castor’s Sanctuaire Variants – An Ode to Wine Barrel Aged Beer

An article by Noah Forrest Aging beer in wine barrels is nothing new; Belgian lambic producers have been doing it for ages. However, with the rising cost of bourbon barrels and the surge in tart and funky beers, there are a lot more examples hitting the shelves these days. Moreover, the beer scene is exploding, encouraging […]

February 04

Beerism examines “Mi-Figue Mi-Raisin” from La Memphré – An interview with brewer David Plasse

An article by Noah Forrest The Eastern Townships are essentially on their way to becoming the beer paradise of Quebec. Veterans such as Brasserie Dunham and Boquebiere have been pumping out beer for some time now, with Dunham climbing the ranks as one of the best breweries in Canada, and well, the world (recently making […]

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 […]

August 04

Ceci n’est pas une Gueuze! An Interview with LTM’s Brewmaster Alex about his new Gueuze and his Barrel Program

Something wild has been stirring in the dark recesses of Les Trois Mousquetaires brewery. It’s dank, musty, & sour, and it’s been living inside three sets of oak barrels for about 2 to 4 years. They have been keeping this a secret for quite sometime now in anticipation of next week’s release. That’s right, you […]

December 23

The 12 Days of (Barrel Aged) Christmas: All Big, All Black, All Quebec!

So last Christmas season I had this idea (which I’ve been working on for the last year or so). I wanted to get my hands on every Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout brewed in Quebec, and then do a little compare & contrast in the traditional Beerism way. However, the more I thought about it, […]

September 29

Beerism Does Brasserie Dunham’s Infamous Bottle Release Party Blends

If you’ve read my blog, you’re likely aware of my professed love for Brasserie Dunham. Many of my posts include their bottles, and if you read just one, it should be the article I wrote last year explaining why you really need to go and check out the brew pub (you can read it here).  […]

April 02

Dieu du Ciel Réserve! – Seven Days, Barrel Aged

I’ve written several articles about Dieu du Ciel! at this point, but none quite as epic as this. I’ve managed, over the course of about a year, to get my hands on all seven barrel aged (355ml) bottles that Dieu du Ciel has released to date (as far as I know), and I’m pretty excited […]

January 13

Sam Adams Utopias 2013: An Examination Into the Original Big Beer

Utopias by Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Co) is a widely discussed beer, and with good cause, as you’ll soon see. There may be some controversy surrounding the beer’s rather steep retail price, but the world’s general consensus seems to be: Utopias is basically liquid sex. At 28%, it contains no carbonation, it’s meant to be […]

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 […]

June 08

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 always been kind of annoyed with that expression as a whole, because in my experience, the accuracy of the statement […]

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 […]