Mirella Amato at café 't Brugs Beertje in Bruges

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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 […]


Hopera wins!

Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:46 am, by Mirella

I’m delighted to announce that the third edition of Hopera,  which took place on September 17th & 18th this year, won the Drinker’s Choice award for Best Event of Toronto Beer Week 2014! This was a ‘fun and informal survey’ and beer drinkers were encouraged to vote online. Our venue for the event, Habits Gastropub, also won a Toronto Beer Week 2014 Drinker’s Choice Award in the Best Bar/Pub/Restaurant category – how awesome is that? I’m very proud of this event, as I explained […]


What’s in a cask?

Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:28 am, by Mirella

DISCLAIMER: I thought I’d take a moment to state that I am not writing on behalf of Cask! but, rather, to express some concerns that are my own, but first a little background… There are two parallel cask-conditioned ale scenes going on in Ontario right now: One of these scenes features traditional cask-conditioned ales, like the ones that we champion with Cask!; the kind of beer that CAMRA refer to as ‘Real Ales’. The other features beers finished (or simply packaged) in a cask, with the addition of […]


Beer Paper LA

Posted August 12, 2014 | 9:43 pm, by Mirella

Beerology’s author, Mirella Amato, has the distinction of being one of the world’s seven Master Cicerones, and she’s an undeniably passionate advocate for beer culture. She has compiled a compact course in beer’s intriguing qualities that covers the basics of brewing and beer style, and details how…


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Globe and Mail

Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:59 pm, by Mirella

…Amato released her first book, Beerology, last month. Its format, with a focus on four different types of “brews” – refreshing, mellow, striking and captivating – is unconventional, more choose-your-own-adventure than textbook. Accompanied by charts and graphs developed by Amato…


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LA Times (online)

Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:56 pm, by Mirella

…She covers such topics as the basics of the brewing process, beer styles, tasting and food pairings with a direct and elucidative style. She even manages to bring something new to the chapters on beer styles; she’s organized the different types of beer into novel groups…


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Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:44 pm, by Mirella

Mirella Amato isn’t about to tell you which beers you should be drinking. In fact, as Amato writes in her first book Beerology (Appetite by Random House, 2014) she believes that “every beer is worth trying at least once.” As Canada’s only Certified Master Cicerone…


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Are we losing sight of the craft?

Posted June 17, 2014 | 10:43 am, by Mirella

While at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver this past spring, I head a comment that has stayed with me. The comment was made during a session called ‘Using Belgian Yeast – Three Belgians’ Perspectives’ by one of the speakers, Yvan De Baaets, brewer and owner of Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels. It was just an aside, but it really got me thinking. This is what he said: “There is a big tendency now to use yeast as an ingredient.” This […]


Not My Top 10 Picks

Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:17 am, by Mirella

…or How I picked the style examples listed in my new book Having taken the time to explain at length why I don’t make beer recommendations, in an earlier blog post, I thought I would take a moment to share how I selected the beer examples listed in the Beer Styles chapter of my first book,Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More. While the listed beers are recommendations, they are based on stylistic accuracy and geography rather than on my personal taste. For those […]


Publisher’s Weekly (Online)

Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:56 pm, by Mirella

Whether she’s appearing on TV to talk about beer or offering tasting and consultation services through her company, Beerology, Mirella Amato is a beer-world star—one of only seven people on the globe (and the first person outside the U.S.) to earn the title of Master Cicerone…


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