Tag Archives: Saison

November 14

Merit Brewing – Modern Beer with Traditional Inspiration

An article by Noah Forrest The Toronto brewing scene is blowing up more and more every year. Bellwoods is quickly becoming one of the best in the country, while countless other Toronto-based breweries produce some exceptional beers. Even when you venture outside the greater Toronto area, there are still some fantastic breweries. Half Hours on […]

July 24

Microbrasserie Labrosse – The West Island Finally has Beer

An article by Noah Forrest Like so many Montreal “Anglos,” I grew up in the West Island. I lived there for a good portion of my life. As a people, I don’t think we are particularly well-liked by the rest of the city. Many see West Islanders a people who act entitled in some way, […]

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 […]

November 15

Discovering Half Hours on Earth – Ontario Farmhouse Ales at their Best

An article by Noah Forrest I may need to warn you, this is a bit of a long article. I’m sorry, but there was just too much to say and I had several bottles to drink and talk about. It’s okay though, because Half Hours on Earth is worth your time, trust me. It was […]

June 07

Chronique de Mars: Basically a Beer-Geek’s Wet Dream

An article by Noah Forrest Although I have written countless articles about Quebec craft beer, there are still so many breweries that I haven’t been able to talk about. One of the reasons is that many brew pubs don’t bottle their beers. I have a young family, I’m pretty much a home-body, and so I […]

May 02

Dieu du Ciel! Gives us Two Brand New Spring Beers to Session and Savour

An article by Noah Forrest One of the things I love the most about beer is how versatile it is. There is a beer for any and every occasion. There is also a beer for every season; in fact, there are many beers for any and all types of weather. In the darkest depths of […]

February 02

Brasserie Dunham Meets Jester King – Unlikely Adjuncts That Really Work!

An article by Noah Forrest When I first started getting into the beer scene, I kept reading about “adjuncts.” At the beginning I had no idea what they were, but very quickly it became clear that whatever they were, they were bad! By perusing beer sites I was quickly informed that adjuncts are basically ingredients […]

January 18

Beerism Goes to The Wild Shack – Home Brewing to the Next Level

An article by Noah Forrest As someone with an extremely young family, I simply don’t have much time to do anything recreational anymore. On the weekends, I used to decide between going out and partying, or staying in to relax. Now I need to decide between showering or eating, as I don’t have time for […]

December 17

Beerism does Brasserie Auval – An Interview with Brewmaster Ben Couillard

Every year, more and more breweries are popping up all over the world, and Quebec is no different. Usually, when a new brewery decides to open its doors and starts bottling (or canning), the line up is somewhat limited – generally offering about 2 to 4 varieties of styles. These styles tend to be pretty […]

August 18

Examining Le Castor’s “Farmhouse Houblon” – What Brewer Dan has to say about their funky endeavor(s)

Microbrasserie Le Castor‘s “Farmhouse Houblon” is a hybrid beer of sorts. It’s a Belgian saison, whose primary fermentation is with saison yeast, but it’s then re-fermented with brettanomyces, and dry hopped like an IPA. I guess you can simply call it a hopped up wild Saison. On the label they explain that this beer was […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 13

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 of the other Quebec based craft beers. For those imbedded in the Quebec beer scene, Hopfenstark is certainly a household […]

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 06

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 offerings, ranging from a bunch of IPA’s, to smoked porters, an imperial stout, and a pretty solid line up of […]

October 18

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 try as much as I could, given that I’ve heard so many good reviews for fellow beer folk.  Saison’s are […]