The Beer Frontier: Sipping craft through Quebec’s rose-tinted glasses
on 19/05/11 at 12:54 pmBeer
And on the third day of Summer Beer Week — another Weiss. I wasn’t kidding on Monday when I said I thought the style was on the edge of tipping over and going mainstream in Canada. That said, Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’Hibiscus has about as much in common with Muskoka’s Summer Weiss (a fairly straightforward Weiss) as French onion soup does with a cheeseburger.
Dieu du Ciel’s brewmasters are those rare types in Canadian brewing — partly because of the freer retail market in Quebec, partly because of better and more experienced beer palates — who have the chance to regularly challenge existing styles with bold hop combinations, interesting spice nods, and general brewing insouciance. It’s worth noting that the brewery started as an experimental brew pub, where oftentimes you could visit after several months and not recognize half the taps.