March 28th, 2013

Les Bières du Montreal

MontrealTrip2 I was lucky enough recently to visit Montreal, home to a growing number of wonderful brewpubs. On my first evening I was able to walk from my hotel to Benelux on Sherbrooke, a brewpub that has become a local hotspot. The place was packed when I got there, with one seat left at the end of the bar. Read the rest...

The Basics of Home Brewing

boiling-wort-homebrew-1 Through this column we hope to establish a conversation about making great beer at home. We will cover water, grain, hops, yeast, packaging and aging your home brew and all things in between. We will also offer recipes for the novice and the advanced home brewer, look at equipment options and answer questions from enthusiasts. Read the rest...
March 16th, 2013

By way of an introduction…

photo It was the 1980’s: the three giant breweries that ruled Canada and staunch unions faced off more than a few times to stop the flow of suds to the masses, but the biggest I recall was in 1985. Many months went by, pubs and liquor stores brought in American brews, the usual mass-market stuff, but even some of the early US craft brews. Read the rest...
February 28th, 2013

Brussels Beer Weekend, Sept. 2012

BelgBeerFest Every year for the last 14 years the Grand Place at the centre of Brussels has hosted the Brussels Beer Weekend, the biggest celebration of Belgian beer anywhere in the country, and I’ll bet in the world. 51 breweries showed up for edition #14, presenting more than 350 different Belgian beers from Lambic, Stout, Trappist, Wit and Oud Brune to Golden, Saison, IPA, Abbey and beyond, they are all here! Read the rest...

Chinese Brews and Belgian Beer Bars in Beijing

beerwall China actually has a long and storied history when it comes to beer or ‘pijiu’, as it’s pronounced in Mandarin. Archaeological findings have shown beer type alcoholic drinks being made as far back as 7000 BC in some Chinese villages. Methods and processes would have been similar to Egypt and Mesopotamia, and these brews were important in ancestral worship and other cultural rituals of the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties. Read the rest...

Fezz Visits His Favourite Beer Bars in Brussels

There are many excellent beer cafes in Brussels and some of my favourites within walking distance of the Grand Place, in the heart of Brussels. Start at Blanche ou Tonneau au Brasseur at rue de Brasseurs et rue des Chapeliers, one block off of the Grand Place. Read the rest...