With our base camp at @MoederLambic, augmented by samples at Bier Tempel, we are on our way to experience the best of Brussels, Belgium and beyond. So far nothing has disappointed; Brasserie de la Senne, Jandrain Jandrenouille, Loverbeer, Cantillon, De Ranke, Duvel, and much more yet to taste on cask, tap and in bottles. To end this day we celebrate with Duvel Tripel Hop special edition ale 2012 which includes the third guest ‘Citra’ hop alongside the returning Saaz Saaz and Styrian Golding. This elegant brew presents a fine balance of citrus and fruit with pine, spice, herbs and yeast with a lovely bittering and flourishing finish.
Look how beautiful the Danish currency is. We feel so rich yet 200 DKK will buy us only four beer! Luckily we have prepaid our ticket to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration so we can drink our way freely through the 270 + beer. The list is capacious and includes creations from the following brewers: Mountain Goat (Australia), Cervejaria Way (Brazil), Amager Bryghus, Mikkeller, TO ØL, Xbeeriment (Denmark), Brouwerij de Molen (Holland), Baird Brewing (Japan), Boxing Cat (China), 8 Wired (New Zealand), Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Norway), BrewDog, Brodie’s Beers, Siren, Kernel (UK), Against the Grain, Anchorage, Cigar City, Cycle Brewing/Peg’s Cantina, Firestone Walker, Founders, Hoppin’ Frog, Jester King, Kuhnhenn, Lagunitas, Stillwater, Surly, Three Floyds, Westbrook (US). Our journey to CBC begins tomorrow with stops in Belgium along the way.
We love a beer that commands you to drink it by a certain date. But what if you drink it past its sell by date - we will never know. What we do know is that this beer is good, damn good. Everything you need to know about this beer is in the nose - take it in, drink it up and wish you had another. Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13.
The kind folks from Steamworks offered a taste of what the season has to offer with their new bottle release of Saison. We thought we had already sampled this at the Alibi Room during their 400th tap celebration in February but this is a new release created by their Brewmaster Caolan Vaughan. For those who like a bit of sweet in their beer, this will appeal. Citrusy sweetness dominates in aroma and taste with a bit of spice and bitterness to round it out. What makes this beer even more distinct is the beautiful artwork on the bottle and glassware.
Spring has sprung in Seattle and it looks a bit different than in the East. Every time we visit there is something new to enjoy and this time it was The Noble Fir and Reubens Brews. Noble Fir is a cozy neighbourhood tavern in Ballard with a carefully curated beer and cider menu. The owners bring their love of the Pacific Northwest to us in one room complete with Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock interior, maps and guides of places travelled, 18 rotating taps of craft beer and cider from the region and small plates of local meats, fish, cheese and veggies. This is the kind of place that makes you feel good about life. Here we enjoyed Sound Gaarden Belgian Wit, Bainbridge Island Eagle Harbor IPA and Prohibition Sea Cider which all paired well with our charcuterie and cheese. It was the perfect spot to sit down after a wander through the Ballard Farmers Market which is at its doorstep. Just a short distance away we paid a visit to Reuben’s Brews, a small family owned/operated brewery. For having been open for less than a year the taproom was comfortably populated with friends, families, dogs and two musicians who provided the perfect accoustic music for our Sunday afternoon session. Here we sampled their Nitro Imperial Stout and IPA, the Belgian Pale Ale and Robust Porter. This is a nice addition to the neighbourhood and we would now like to relocate to Ballard!
Of course no trip across the border is complete without a reup at Bottleworks, Super Deli Mart, Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Wholefoods and Elizabeth Station. Our over-the-limit booty made it safely through customs.
March went out like a lion in parts of Quebec leaving snowbanks fit for chilling beers and making maple syrup taffy. I enjoyed both on a recent trip to Montfort where I travelled with my Mom to visit her brother, and my uncle, Eddy. Montfort is in the township of Wentworth in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains with a population of around 500. So you can imagine my delight when my uncle took me to a store in nearby Morin Heights to show me their beer selection. The Marché Vaillancourt is a modest sized grocery store with two aisles dedicated to mostly craft beer from Quebec. I had hit the motherlode and was unprepared for the selection. My family waited patiently as I studied the beers of Quebec and made my purchases. Later that evening we sampled a few including: Brasseurs Du Monde Houblonnière a hoppy blonde ale; Brasseurs Illimités India Pale Américaine, a milder version of an American IPA; and Dieu Du Ciel Corne Du Diable, a lovely immersion of French with English IPA. This one had lots of malt and hops and was my uncle’s favourite. After a great visit and a spectacular Easter brunch at La Grange, I packed a few special travellers to share with my friends back home. I look forward to sampling Le Castor Wee Heavy Bourbon, Brasseurs du Monde Saison Impériale, A l’abri de la Tempete Corne de Brume (scotch ale), and Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (maple scotch ale).
Thanks Eddy for a wonderful visit and for introducing me to so many amazing Québécois beer!