The 20th anniversary of the Montreal Beer Fest is just around the corner. This year between May 29th and June 2nd the Beer Festival moves to Palais des Congrès and the exterior terrace (l’Esplanade). One of my favourite times to experience new beers and invite friends to expand their beer palate.
This year, more than 550 products will be available for tasting with more than 120 breweries exhibiting. There will be 229 new beers to try that have never exhibited at the beer festival.
The festival will be open starting Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm and the last day will be on Sunday from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Palais des Congrès is located at 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle and the terrace is located on De la Gauchetière Street between Chenneville and Côté. Admission is free and tasting coupons are $1 each (beer tastings range from 2-6 coupons normally, average around 3). You can bring your own glass for tasting (12 ounces or less) and plastic cups will also be available. Normally, the 4 ounce souvenir tasting glass is $10 but there is no mention of it on the website this year.
There is more to talk about in the coming week before the launch. Including participating restaurants and activities during the beer fest. I will do a daily trickle of information as we approach.
Lastly, during the festival I will be relaunching the website. I’ve had a lot of time to think about where to find the time and what to do with the website. I plan to do less regular updates with more in depth content. Starting on Wednesday, May 29th, I will begin to update on a regular schedule with beer tastings and reviews, craft beer information and occasional beer news.
It’s hard to find a Dieu du Ciel beer that I do not like. Every time I go to a speciality beer store and they have bottles I’ll try to pick some up. Their brewpub is definitely a place every Montrealer should visit on a regular basis. Like the other white beers featured here lately, summer is the perfect time for them. So let’s hurry up and crack into this bottle.
Blanche du Paradis is a Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander seeds and Curaçao orange peels, the spices traditionnally found in this classic style. Unfiltered and containing almost as much raw wheat as malted barley, it presents a veil of yeast and proteins giving this style its “Blanche” name. Round and light at the same time, it exhales fresh baked bread aromas, and reveals spices and citrus flavours, accompanied by subtle notes of acidity coming from the wheat.
The Blanche du Paradis was born in our Montreal brewpub in May 1999
Pours a dull straw yellow with a lot of haze. Cloudy white three finger head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing. This is a bottle conditioned beer. Classic white beer look.
Strong yeast aroma. Bread and wheat along with some spiciness. A little bit of the orange peel makes its way through. Very simple and delicate aroma. Nothing jumps out at you. Still very appealing though.
The smooth and creamy mouth feel is the first thing I noticed. It has a peppery and slight hop middle and a very subdued bitterness at the end. Good balance of spices and the slight citrus from the orange. Very little aftertaste and very fresh tasting.
This is a well rounded white beer. Perfect for the style without doing anything out of the ordinary. Perfect for a summer session beer. What I like the most about this beer is that it is not thin or watery like a lot of other white beers I’ve had. It has a nice solid body. This is hands down a go to white beer and a perfect example of the style. It’s a little difficult to get your hands on it but if you can pick it up.
It’s that beautiful time again when the Montreal Beer Festival rolls into town for 5 days. It begins tomorrow, Wednesday June 6th at 11am-9pm and ends Sunday June 10th. Admission is free and tasting coupons cost $1 each. Most 3-4 ounce samplers will cost around 3 to 5 tickets. So prepare to spend at least $30 on tickets if you want to sample a few beers. Also they sell a souvenir glass (and a bundle of coupons and a glass) for a reasonable price but you can save money if you bring last years or your own 12 ounce glass.
The good news is this year we have the opportunity to go as “press” and could do a bit more reviewing and writing up some of the beer news that we see instead of aimlessly drinking and getting expensive drunk. There are three beer launches that we will go to on Thursday and we will do our best to cover them here. And much more. I will update the site with a rundown of things to see and events we plan on attending starting tomorrow.