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3 Brasseurs Brewpub – Montreal, Canada…

3 Brasseurs brewpubI visited the 3 Brasseurs brewpub last week in downtown Montreal (there are five locations in the Montreal area) and asked my waitress if she could tell me when the brew master would be in, and whether I could interview him about his brewing choices (in hopes of publishing his responses on the Know Your Brewer – KYB blog).  Her response totally caught me off guard and illustrated a little known fact about businesses in French Canada.  She told me that the brewer would be in the next morning – early – but that he wouldn’t be able to give me any insights because the choice of what to brew is made by restaurant owners – IN FRANCE!  She added that he might be willing to talk to me about what he brews as a home brewer (they have choices at home) – just not for the brewpub.  (I realized then that the “early morning hours” were likely to accommodate his bosses’ hours in France.)

WOW!  I couldn’t believe that brewing choices came down from – France – for a Canadian set of restaurants – in the 21st Century?  I ignorantly thought that these practices went out with Canadian confederation in 1867, but I realize that many multinational companies headquartered in France (with divisions in the U.S.) function in the same way.

I enjoyed a nice pint of their local IPA with my meal, but I never returned to interview the brewer.  It just didn’t make sense when he simply followed the rules as set by his superiors in France.  Perhaps in a future visit to France I can arrange a visit to 3 Brasseurs headquarters if such one exists.

Meanwhile, it’s a brewpub worth visiting if you are in Montreal – they feature a good choice of local microbrews brewed on site as well as French wines and a good menu featuring a specialty dish like pizza.  Bon appetit!

Have a good (tasting) weekend!

The (un)official beer goddess.

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Heartland Brewery Seasonals… Wildflower Wheat Ale is a Gem

One of my favorite haunts in NYC is Heartland Brewery (multiple locations) in the summertime for their Apricot Ale!  I went there with my son and daughter during a Manhattan visit yesterday and discovered a wider variety of summer seasonals than in several years.

Here’s the list of new brews for the summertime:

  • Buffalo Bock: Delicately kilned specialty malts lend a mellow sweetness and a touch of toasted caramel to this smooth, mahogany colored lager. 5.9% alc/vol.
  • NY State Wildflower Wheat: This light, crisp golden ale is made with New York clover honey, lavender, and a selection of NY malts and hops. Served with a lemon wedge for a bright floral nose and a light, crisp finish. 4.9% alc/vol.
  • Summertime Apricot Ale: A succulent summer wheat ale with a light, fruity sweetness and a pleasant bouquet of fresh apricots. 5.5% alc/vol.
  • Empire Premium: Pale golden with a crisp, dry finish, this traditional Czech lager will quench your thirst and invigorate your senses.

A couple of other pale ales were also on tap but not listed on the website (my photos of the list didn’t do the names justice!)

The grand surprise of the afternoon surpassed my traditional Apricot Ale favorite:  The smooth and almost hefeweisen unpasteurized taste of the NY State Wildflower Ale.  If you like hefeweisen’s and blondish wheat beers (not quite Belgian!) be sure to try this new seasonal.  But hurry in because when the supply runs out in a couple of months, it’s gone for the season.

To better pints and more tastings!

Until next time… I remain the unofficial beer goddess.


Let me know what you think – have you been to Heartland Breweries lately?

Cheers!

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