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Yeast of Eden: 20 Years of Festival Mondial de la Biere!

Posted by Nick / May 31, 2013

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La Festival Mondial de la Biere - photo © Olivier Bourget

Brewers, boozers and beer lovers alike, get your glasses poised! The loveable, malty mecca of beer swilling that is the Festival Mondial de la Biere is back for its landmark 20th year! It's hard to believe that our fair city has been serving up some of the world's most celebrated and challenging brews for 20 years, but to be fair, who could count on a bunch of drunks to keep track of years anyway?

Taking place at the sprawling complex that is Palais de Congres, this years festivities feature over 550 unique beers (129 that are unique to this year!) and 120 vendors from all around the world, with a sharp focus on Canadian - and especially Quebecois - microbrews.

A fair warning for you bottom of the barrel boozers who enjoy a nice cold Coors Ice-T, you may want to steer clear of this one, if not only for fear of people chuckling at your grimace as you attempt to choke down a 9.2% triple hopped imperial pale ale. This is not a night out at Sports Station where you chug back gallons of watery lager whose selling point is that it's "cold." We're talking cask-aged 12% ABV barley wines and smoked porters that could replace a lunch.

There's quite an emphasis on continent diversity this year, with surprising offerings from Argentina, Brasil and Chile. While the area may be known for their light and refereshing lagers, they're also offering some high-intensity, complex brews like meticulously crafted scotch ales and weizenbocks that'll make your hair stand on end. Hopefully ushering in a new era of complex flavors and competitive brewing from the otherwise overlooked South American beer market.

U.S. Microbrewery legends Dogfish Head are bringing their top game, showing up with their classic 60 Minute IPA - one of the best in the world - as well as unique offerings like their new 75 Minute IPA. Unfortunately for all of us, there's nary a sight of their highly coveted and ethereally delicious 120 Minute IPA.

Belgium also has a strong showing this year, bringing along such beautiful barley-pops as Brasserie La Binchoise's Biere XO, a mesmerizing and lusciously dark concoction that's 12% ABV and 100% magic.

Canada, as usual, is wonderfully represented with microbrew heavyweights like McAuslan and Brasseure de Montreal peddling their usual wares and smaller, more experimental craft brewers like Noire et Blanche bringing out bizarre concoctions like a lychee and white tea blanche. There's even Biertrotter, a special 20th anniversary beer that the festival organizers and Cheval Blanc collaborated on just for this occasion. Word is that Quebecois steadfast Boreale will have some unannounced surprises on hand, as well.

Of course, if you're looking for something to soak up all the artisanal booze to keep your spirits up as you wander the aisles, there are also a gaggle of food vendors to keep your grumbling stomach at bay.

There's sleazy, greased-up poutine from Montreal mainstays Frites Alors!, General Tao's chicken from Thaizone and an artisanal grilled cheese from P.A. and Gargantua are all wonderful options for coating your stomach in a thick, protective layer of grease, impenetrable by the evils of over-consumption (at least we hope.)

Tasting coupons - the lovely pieces of paper that entitle you to all of these heavenly hopped beverages - are $1 a piece, and most tastings range from 2-6 coupons. However, unless you're planning on sampling exquisite Barley Wines and dark, indulgent, cask-aged porters all night, you're probably going to be averaging 2-3 coupons a tasting.

As for vessels, you can get a nice logo-embossed glass from most of the vendors for around $10 - fair warning, they're not going to let you outside on the terrace with it - or you can opt for one of the safer, plastic festival mugs for $5. Hell, they'll even let you bring your own if it's under 12oz.

Sorry guys and gals, no thermoses or thunder mugs (have some decency!)

Not a fan of the malty magic liquids? No problem! There is all manner of icy cold delicious ciders, meads and even homemade lemonade for your whistle-wetting pleasure!

Aside from the main festival itself, there are also events happening in different brewpubs around the city. These "Flaveurs Evenings" are pairings of lavish meals with equally lavish and complex beverages, a melding of flavours that would make even the staunchest wine connoisseur blush.

With a packed lineup of activities that includes demonstrations on how to cook with beer, workshops and lectures and a variety of foot-stomping musical entertainment, the festival is a great way to kill three or four hours and sample some of the most delicious and downright brilliant beer being brewed in this lovely world of ours.

The festival runs until 11am-10pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am-8pm on Sunday, giving you ample time to nip off for a pint.

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custom essays / May 24, 2018 at 11:09 pm
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outdoor party is getting some of snacks and midnight poutine also. The Portuguese buns are available in that party. The grilled beef and chicken to be used for the party to celebrate. Some of person are not enjoy with party or lets to be celebrate as a festival. The subscription and good verity of sources to be applicable for eat.Prices are getting very low and good planning is also available
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