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  • simonathibault 10:54 am on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , beer, , Stillwell Beer Bar   

    Assis Toi: It’s five o’clock somewhere… 

    For the latest episode of Assis Toi, I sat down for a beer with Chris Reynolds from Stillwell Beer Bar.


    Located on Barrington Street, Reynolds and the rest of the crew have a great devotion to beer in all its forms. In their infinite wisdom, they decided that a form that might work for me is a lambic beer.

    Essentially, lambics are beers brewed with wild yeasts that are present in the air. In this case, it was an Oude Kriek Vielle, a fruit lambic made with cherries.

    The instant I tasted it I understood it, or rather it understood me.

    My brain didn’t register that I was drinking a beer – something generally malty, yeasty – but something dry and crisp, with a mild sourness in its finish, but not unpleasantly so.

    Take a listen to Chris wax poetic about beers in the latest episode of Assis Toi, which you can stream here. or download the podcast here.


    • Jayme 12:57 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As a beer nerd (and one of the few BJCP certified beer judges in the region), I was thrilled to hear your piece during my morning commute on Information Morning. Sour beers are all the rage these days in many parts of the United States but have just barely begun to show up in the Canadian beer scene (there are some breweries in Quebec, Ontario, and BC brewing sours to my knowledge – not lambics though, that is a term exclusive to a region in Belgium).

      Lambics are a complex, beautiful style of beer. I recommend you try a Gueuze (sometimes spelled Geuze), which is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambics (no fruit added). Oud Beersel makes an excellent version of the style, though Cantillon’s various blends are probably the most sought after. After blending the various ages beers, the depth of flavour takes on a whole new dimension. Another interesting sour beer style which would be similar to the Kriek you tried, would be a Flanders Red. They tend to be somewhat hard to find locally (not that lambics are easy to find either), but you come across a Rodenbach Grand Cru, I think you will thoroughly enjoy it.


      • simonathibault 12:59 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks! And now I know where to dig/drink.

  • MB 12:16 am on September 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beer, beerfest, fests   

    An Incredibly Timely Beerfest Recap 


    When I arrived on for the “beer on the pier” at the Seaport Beerfest—a month ago, I shamefully admit—it was bright and warm, and tents were still being set up, food and drink vendors running around getting their product sorted. The band was soundchecking. There were only a handful of people milling around the Garrison Brewery building, press passes swinging around some necks, while other necks craned to look through fridges at the gleaming bottles of beer, waiting for the ladies’ VIP tour through the festival courtesy of Beerology.com’s Mirealla Amato.

    Our guides through the festival grounds were Christine from Taste of Nova Scotia—the organization that had arranged for some of their member restaurants to showcase some delicious foods to pair with some of the equally delicious brews being offered throughout the course of the festival—and Daniel Girard, the Garrison Brewmaster. I started with a tiny mug full of Garrison’s raspberry wheat, and we were soon off. (More …)

  • MB 4:19 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beer, local brews, pairings   

    Pairing your Garrison 


    Way back in March, I talked to Daniel Girard, Brewmaster at Garrison Brewing about beer pairings, for an article I was working on for the Coast. I wanted the perspective of a local brewmaster while writing the article, and he sent me a lot of great insights, wonderfully thought out information and pairing suggestions for their products. Since the article was more about generalities than specific craft beers, a lot of his great information got left on the editing room (laptop) floor (.doc).

    After enjoying a flight of Garrison beers this past weekend with my Passable pal, Kristina, I dug up the info and thought I’d share it here. (More …)

  • MB 11:57 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beer, , hoseheads, the great white north   

    This is where the DJ talks. Don’t say anything. 

    This weekend is the Seaport Beerfest. In fact, I only recently got back from the festival’s first night of chugging tiny brews. Tons of beer lovers Bobbed and Douged their way through brews from across Canada, the US and Europe, waiting in lines that were sometimes dozens deep to try some of the craft beers and imports that had been brought in just for the festival. And I have to say, some of them were so tasty that it was hard not to end up with a tear in my beer after finding out that they aren’t available locally.

    Seaport Beerfest

    After I have the chance to collect my thoughts I’ll write some specifics. For now let me just say that after three hours of sipping my way through the event, I thankfully managed to find the self control to leave before it started to look like this:

    Seaport Beerfest

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