Canada

Central City Red Racer IPA

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I was on a “beer drop mission” from Minnesota to Binny’s in Chicago when I picked up this little gem. I was dropping off some Surly’s when I asked “the beer man” at Binny’s about a good IPA. He said Red Racer was voted the best IPA of the Binny’s Liquor Store chain for 2010. […] ... [Read more]

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite Cocoa & Vanilla Stout

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The mighty Aphrodite: a mythical queen of beauty. Tantalizing, fabled, seductive, ill-tempered, vain. It is for her that Canadian brewers Dieu du Ciel named their incredible cocoa and vanilla bean stout, Aphrodite (named Aphrodisiaque in Canada). Here is a stout (black ale) that made me stop and stare. Maybe that’s a quality it draws from […] ... [Read more]

Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout

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There is nothing quite like a beer with a really long French name. But wait! you say, Dieu du Ciel is in St. Jérôme! I found this particular beer as I was browsing the aisles, reading the labels of beers that have won different awards. The Péché Mortel, or “Mortal Sin,” reached out to me […] ... [Read more]

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

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I was eager to try this witbier from Quebec because it is refermented in the bottle. This beer is the first one brewed by the young Canandian brewery, Unibroue, that has only been around since 1992. According to my reading, refermentation is the same process referred to “bottle conditioning” in England. This is the practice […] ... [Read more]

Steam Whistle Premium Pilsner

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Bombardier Q400. 32.8 M length, 28.4 M Wingspan, 667 km/h speed. As you may have guessed these are not the specs of the beer I’m reviewing. They are in fact, some of the specs of the plane I find myself in as currently I am flying somewhere over central Ontario from Toronto to Chicago. At […] ... [Read more]

Unibroue Maudite

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As Unibroue has produced some beer that has very much agreed with my palate, I was excited to give this Strong Red Ale a try. “The Damned” poured an amber, outlined by a fading bronze around the edges. The puff of a head diminished to a few pillowy pockets floating on the top. It gave […] ... [Read more]

Unibroue Don De Dieu

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With its wonderful sister brew, La Fin Du Monde, in mind, I had high expectations for this triple wheat ale. I like wheats and I like tripels, so I thought this might just be the best possible combination for my palate. It turns out, however, that while Unibroue classifies it as such, the rest of […] ... [Read more]

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

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For some, the end of the world is a frightful thought. Visions of destruction, chaos and death flash across their terror-filled eyes. For me, I was anticipating it, longing for it, craving “La Fin Du Monde.” In my case, though, it was simply a beer, one of Unibroue’s best in my mind. I love tripels. […] ... [Read more]

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2009

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Michael: This morning, after pushing the shovel down my snow-covered driveway for the last time, I stood sweating, aching and wished it was kosher to drink beer in the morning. While I acted on my better instincts and vied instead for a piping cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, I was bound and determined to have […] ... [Read more]