Since The Guru wasn’t able to make the trip to the 2010 Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, Quebec, he asked me to offer some thoughts on the event.
First, the disclaimers. I am not a beer judge and I have not been brewing beer for any real measurable amount of time. I love beer, especially big dark porters and stouts, and hoppy ales. I work with The Guru at the South Royalton Market, and have tried my best to absorb some of the wisdom he passes along, but I’m the first to admit that I am more like the Karate Kid at the beginning of the movie; still painting the fence.
My whirlwind trip — 30 hours including driving time — to Montreal was planned to coincide with the beer festival, but also in order to visit with friends who recently had a new baby. I spent about two-and-a-half hours at Mondial de la Bière on the second day of the 5-day event. Because I tend to focus on big beers, it was probably a good thing I didn’t have more time … especially since my host and I were expected at a birthday cocktail party immediately afterward.
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