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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 […]

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LCBO Beer World

Posted August 15, 2013 | 3:14 pm, by Mirella

ALWAYS USE A GLASS It doesn’t get more important than this. Sipping from a glass gives you the chance to enjoy the beer’s aromas and colour, which are all part of the experience. Drinking from a bottle is a blueprint for bloating…

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LCBO Beer World

Posted August 15, 2013 | 3:12 pm, by Mirella

…For a typical one-hour tasting, Mirella recommends sampling five to seven brands. “Pour three to four ounces each so people can take a few sips and wrap their head around the flavours.” Make sure everyone has a safe way home: those ounces can add up, especially if you throw a few 8% beers in the mix…

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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