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My Favourite Mulled Beer Recipe

Posted December 2, 2014 | 6:16 pm, by Mirella

I was chatting with Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV Montréal News today and mentioned my favourite mulled beer; it’s a traditional wassail recipe called lambswool. This mulled beer is made using baked apples that not only fall apart to look like lambswool when cooked but are also delicious! I thought I’d take a moment to share the recipe with you. It’s great for holiday entertaining; with winter fast approaching…what better way to warm up than with a piping hot mulled beer? This recipe is a [&hellip

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How to become a Certified Cicerone

Posted June 10, 2013 | 10:30 am, by Mirella

Two to three times a month, I’m contacted by someone who is looking for advice on how to become a Certified Cicerone®. Having fielded this question a number of times, I thought I’d take a moment to collect my thoughts in a blog post… In the spirit of full disclosure: as of May, I am working as an independent contractor for the Cicerone® Certification Program. Having said this, as I outlined above, that’s not what has motivated this post. So, [&hellip

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Beerology in the News

Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:00 am, by Mirella

It’s been an exciting few months since I achieved my Master CiceroneTM certification, in December, becoming the first Master CiceroneTM in Canada. I’ve been delighted to see the attention that this certification has received across a range of different media outlets and publications. I am particularly happy to note that publications outside of the beer sphere have picked up the story and am quite hopeful that these articles will reach a broader audience, exposing new people to the idea of beer appreciation. [&hellip

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The first Canadian Master Cicerone

Posted December 7, 2012 | 9:00 am, by Mirella

I am delighted to announce that I just became the first (and, for the time being, the only) Master CiceroneTM in Canada. I am one of only six people in North America to have earned this certification. I completed the Master CiceroneTM certification in Los Angeles this past October. It involved a series of exams that took place over the course of two days and included some intense taste testing as well as written and oral questioning about beer styles, draft systems, [&hellip

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Draught issues…

Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:40 pm, by Mirella

I was down in the U.S. last week, completing an Advance Draught Training course with Micro Matic. My thinking was that if I’m at a pub or restaurant to consult on the beer list and food pairing, it would be nice if I had the knowledge and equipment necessary to troubleshoot a fussy/foaming tap. The course was excellent and I learned a lot. The class was not about troubleshooting, it was about understanding how to install and maintain a balanced [&hellip

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Beer Cocktails, Anyone?

Posted May 8, 2012 | 1:31 am, by Mirella

The current issue of Food&Drink Magazine contains three tasty beer cocktails recipes that I formulated for the spring (p.53). Beer cocktails are a hot trend and I was delighted to have an opportunity to share a few recipes. Ontario residents can pick up a free copy of Food&Drink at their local LCBO. I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by sharing another one of my beer cocktail recipes online: Moustache 4.5 oz King Brewery Vienna Lager 1/4oz Crown Royal Rye Whisky 1/4oz Martini Rosso [&hellip

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How to host a beer tasting at home

Posted March 20, 2012 | 2:48 pm, by Mirella

This weekend, as a part of a St. Patrick’s Day feature on beer, there were two articles in the Globe and Mail Style section for which I was interviewed: The first is a practical guide about how to throw a beer tasting at home. The fine folk at the Globe and Mail approached me about providing information for this piece and I thought it was a fantastic idea! In this article, you will find all of the information necessary to [&hellip

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Beerology Off-Flavour Workshop featured in the Grid!

Posted February 23, 2012 | 1:53 pm, by Mirella

There’s a fun write-up in the Grid about the Off-Flavour Beer Tasting Workshops that I’ve been running since last fall. As I mentioned in a previous post, these off-flavour sessions are a great way for beer enthusiasts, brewers, homebrewers and people who work with or around beer to learn about off-flavours. What is an off-flavour? An off-flavour is an aroma or flavour in beer that should not be there. Sometimes it is one that would be alright if it wasn’t [&hellip

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Do we really want to see beer gain the same “status” as wine & spirits?

Posted February 3, 2012 | 10:00 am, by Mirella

Stephen Beaumont tweeted out an interesting blog entry last week. Written by a gentleman named Ben McFarland in the UK, this article is about beer glassware and how the nonic pint (see image on the left) needs to be eliminated and replaced with smaller glasses that better enhance beer’s flavours and aromas. The beginning of the article is quite interesting, listing some of the other shapes of glasses that were used in the UK before the nonic pint came along. [&hellip

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Is it okay to send a beer back if it doesn’t taste right?…

Posted January 9, 2012 | 5:58 pm, by Mirella

I just came across this great article called “When Craft Beer Goes Bad: A Guide to Refusing a Beer” on the American BA website. It includes a handy chart that details common issues with beer service, what causes them, and how they can be resolved. It’s certainly got me thinking… The article is saying that: “Ultimately, you should be able to send back any beer that you are unsatisfied with…but consumers seem to have hang-ups about doing this.” I would [&hellip

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