Le Mondial de la bière Montreal 2010 Tuesday, Jun 1 2010 

The 2010 edition of Mondial de la bière starts tomorrow.  For full information please click on the link Mondial de la bière This is the 17th edition and will the 3rd one I have attended. The current plan is to go Thursday evening with some friends from work. I might also go on Saturday too, but not yet sure.

Hope to see some of you there too.

Visit to Mondial de la Biere June 6th 2009 Sunday, Jun 7 2009 

I can not cover the Mondial de la Biere in just one visit so I went back on Saturday June 6th. I was amazed as to how many others  were there.  This of course means you are lined up for everything. If you can arrange it you might want to go in the day during the week. Due to the crowding my note for the most part are very brief.

So I lined up, to get my tasting glass and some tickets. Then a quick walk around to see if there was anything new.

1st stop Booth 172 Molson/Rickard’s to try Rickerd’s White 5.4%. It was a light tasting beer, it’s now been added to my summer list.

Next was Brasserie Artisanale Le Saint-Bock @ booth 64, and tried their R.I.P @ 14.9%. It is in a Russian Imperial Porter style. Yes this is a 2nd taste for this beer. I am starting to like this beer for it’s taste, and I think it would be a great beer for use in cooking.

On to Booth 14 Okanagan Spring Brewery for their Okanagan Spring Pale Ale 5%, it’s a nice clear looking, light and crisp tasting beer.

Benelux-Brasserie Artisanale Et Cafe for their Novis 5% Pale Ale Belge. It’s a very nice Pale Ale. Benelux is now on my list of pubs/bars in Montreal, the free WiFi will just be a bonus. I want to try some of their other beers to see how good they are.

Then on to the Black Oak Brewing Co. for their Black Oak Pale Ale 5%. Nice golden colour very refreshing finish.

For some thing a little different I stopped that Booth 18 Asahi Breweries Ltd. and tried their Asahi Supper Dry. A very Cold Crisp Beer.

Getting ready to head for home and had a couple of tickets left, so I stopped at Booth 6 for a Sol.

Food stopped at Experience Kangourou yes I had the “Mini Skippy Burger” again. Starting to like Kangaroo.

Stopped back at InterMiel booth 54  to buy some Mead I got a  bottle of Rosee hydromel which is a Rose petal and cranberry honey wine and a bottle of Bleuets Hydromel a Blueberry honey wine.

Plan for next years Mondial de la Biere will include 2 weekday visits.

Visit to Mondial de la Biere June 3rd 2009 Wednesday, Jun 3 2009 

Took a 1/2 day vacation today so I could visit the first day of the Mondial de la Biere ( you can down load PDF’s with all the information on the festival from here)

The layout was similar to last years layout. I started with Combo 1 with is a 8 oz Tasting Glass, a copy of “Beer Tasting guide by Mario D’Eer and 10 tickets

I had gone over the list of beers with a few friends the day before so I had a list of some that I wanted to try. No tasting notes for this post. Where I have the companies URL I have loaded it.

I had not had lunch yet so I stopped and grabbed some sushi from the Sushi Shop @ booth 40

First Up from booth 132 Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Rigor Mortis Abt  coming in at 10.5%  I would love to get a 6 pack of this beer and get to know it over a warm sunny afternoon. It’s complex beer.

Next I stopped by the InterMiel booth 54  and tried the Geai bleu which is not a beer but a Maple and Blueberry Liquor coming in at 22%. Not a drink for sitting down and having a few but more like a brandy or port for after dinner. I ended up buying a 375ml bottle for $20.00 CDN

Then it was off to Brasserie Artisnale Brutopia Booth 52 and tried the Smoked Stout (do not know the %) this beer is not listed on the program guide, but a late addition to the festival. I could see having a few of these by a fire in the late autumn.

Next was Brasserie Artisanale Le Saint-Bock @ booth 64, and tried their R.I.P @ 14.9%. It is in a Russian Imperial Porter style. Not a beer that I made friends with on the first sip. I could see it taking a few glasses of R.I.P to get use to it but it would be worth it in the long run.

I stopped by the Les 3 Brasseurs booth 88 and had one of their La Blonde  @5.2%. This Brew Pub has 4 locations in the Montreal area, a great places to drop in for Beer or 2 and a bite to eat. It’s a good beer, I had it to reset my taste buds.

Then on to Brasserie McAuslan at booth 100 this is my favorite Brewery. Had my first glass for 2009 of their St-Ambroise a f’ Abricot @ 5% I love this Apricot Wheat beer. Then a Griffon extra blonde @ 5% a nice crisp beer. I also picked up 2 hats and a bottle of their St-Ambroise mustard.

I was hunger again so I picked up from 2 specialty booths:

Experience Kangourou yes I had the “Mini Skippy Burger” first time I have tried Kangaroo, well it did not taste like chicken it was better. Not planning to drop Pork or Beef to switch over but would buy some to try.

Les Bons Roules Keve I tried some Buffalo other wise know as the North American Bison and some Boar. Interesting taste but not sure if it was the meat or the spices in the meat. Again would love to buy some to try at home.

The Kangaroo, Buffalo, and Boar was wash down with Corona @ 4.6 from Brasserie Modelo booth 172.

I had a great time and will be going back on Saturday or Sunday and will take some tasting notes.

If you are in the Montreal area and like beer come on down and have some fun.

Mondial de la biere Montreal 2009 June 3rd to 7th Sunday, May 31 2009 

The 16th Mondial de la biere Montreal kicks off on June 3rd this year.

The line up of Breweries  look’s great, lots of Quebec and Ontario brewers. From outside Canada there will be breweries from USA, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, and Denmark.

It is been held at the Windsor Station and Courtyard 1160, De la Gauchetiere Street

The web site is not very Web 2.0.  You have to open a number of PDF’s to get the information but it will be worth it if you go.

To try a number of beers you need to go more than once.

I have a off site meeting on Wednesday Morning, so I think I will take the afternoon off and go.

I an also planing to go on Saturday or Sunday not sure which yet.

Hope to see you there.

2008 in Review Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Mixed feelings about 2008

The Good Stuff:

Not laid off yet

Still enjoying living in Montreal

My Dad made it thorough an other year

Made it to the 2008 Clearwater Beach, Ontario Annual Fun Day and caught up with a number of my oldest friends

Reconnected with a number of old friends via Facebook

Made a number of new friends around the world via Plurk, and Twitter

Learned way more about the accounting side SAP than I wanted

Learned more about SAP in general

All the SNOW Montreal had in 2008

The Earl Haig Secondary School 80th Birthday Bash

The Lachine Canal Fold Festival

Flaveurs Bieres et Caprices

The Bad:

One of those few I considered my mentors Garry Enright passed away at the end of July. Garry had been in the Electrical industry for a number of years, @ Chromalox, Square D, Schneider Electric and The OEL.

One of my oldest high school friends lost his dad at the start of December. Bruce my thoughts are still with you

The general economic melt down.

The various “stars” here is my list (I may have missed a few) in date order

Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Morse, Roy Scheider, Jeff Healey, Ivan Dixon, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Duffy, Dick Martin, Harvey Korman, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Jerry Reed, Paul Newman, Paul Benedict, Nina Foch, Bettie Page, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Eartha Kitt

The end of the Royal Canadian Air Farce

Learned way more about the accounting side SAP than I wanted

Next Post Plans for 2009

Flaveurs Bières et Caprices Montreal Nov 14 & 15 2008 Saturday, Nov 8 2008 

This upcoming festival is focusing on the brewing creativity of Sweden and Denmark. In addition there will be brewers from the USA, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Belgium, France.

They also have some ciders.

For an over view please check the link to the festival home page

One of my favour brewers will be there McAuslan Brewing, and they are bringing The Great St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale! I have never tried it but McAuslan’s speciality beers are great so I look forward to trying this one.

I plan to go to the early Saturday session 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

They also will have food from Sweden and Denmark and other places.

Look’s like a fun way to spend a November Saturday.

Hope to see some of you there

Folk Festival on the Lachine Canal TODAY!!! Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

This inaugural, all-day, rain-or-shine event will take place at the St-Ambroise Terrasse, behind St-Henri’s McAuslan Brewery (5080 St-Ambroise), right on the Lachine Canal.

You can get direction on how to get there on the McAuslan website. You can get there by Car, Public Transit or you can bike walk there via the Lachine Canal path.

It a wonderful looking day right now. But the Weather Network is calling for Rain this afternoon, so bring a jacket or umbrella.

Hope to see you there

Folk Festival on the Lachine Canal June 21 2008 Reminder Friday, Jun 20 2008 

It’s the first Folk Festival hosted by one of my favorite Breweries in Quebec, McAuslan, is holding on June 21 2008

This inaugural, all-day, rain-or-shine event will take place at the St-Ambroise Terrasse, behind St-Henri’s McAuslan Brewery (5080 St-Ambroise), right on the Lachine Canal.

Right now the Weather Channel is calling for thunder showers. On the bright side they have been 100% wrong the last two weekends. This leaves me optimistic for Saturday.

The Location is great, right beside the Lachine Canal and Bike/Walking Path. My Friend and I use to stop off of a beer or two and a snack when biking the path for on the way to Montreal or back from Montreal.

It’s $20.00 for the day from 1 PM to 10 PM.

For more information click on the link to McAuslan Brewery

I still plan on going all things being equal. Hope to see you there too

Folk Festival on the Canal June 21 2008 Sunday, Jun 8 2008 

Look’s like a good time, one of my favorite Breweries is holding a Folk Festival June 21 2008

This inaugural, all-day, rain-or-shine event will take place at the St-Ambroise Terrasse, behind St-Henri’s McAuslan Brewery (5080 St-Ambroise), right on the Lachine Canal.

The Location is great, right beside the Lachine Canal and Bike/Walking Path. My Friend and I use to stop off of a beer or two and a snack when biking the path for on the way to Montreal or back from Montreal.

It’s $20.00 for the day from 1 PM to 10 PM. 

For more information click on the link to McAuslan Brewery

I plan on going all things being equal. Hope to see you there too

The Mondial de la biere Festival was great Monday, Jun 2 2008 

The festival this year ran from May 28 to June 1 2008. I went on Saturday May 31 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It was crowded for several reason, it was a rainy day so why not go?, about a third of the exhibitors were in the Windsor Station Courtyard which is outdoors. 

I went for several reason’s not the least of was exploring Quebec Beer.  Not only was there beer from Quebec but there was a bunch of breweries from France too. Check the web site for a complete list of Exhibitors. 

My 3 Best Beers:

Raspberry Blonde Beer by Brutopia too bad this is only at the Bar. I would love a case @ home for those hot summer nights on the balcony.

McAuslan Scotch Ale by Brasserie McAuslan A nice tasting beer smooth. I will have to get more to do a full review

Barleywine Beer by Au Maitre-Brasseur I saw stars with my first sip of the Barleywine. I guess I will have to go to Laval to get more

As soon as they set a date for next year, I putting the dates in iCal and plan to go all 4 days so I can sample all the beer and other goodies

Have to run but will add more latter

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