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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 […]


Beer in New Zealand

Posted November 29, 2013 | 11:00 am, by Mirella

I was very happy to be invited down to Dunedin, New Zealand, to give a talk on ‘the science of beer’ as a part of the Science Teller Festival run by the University of Otago last month. This is only the second time I’ve been invited to give a talk outside of North America – the last one being in 2010, when I co-hosted a guided tasting in Italy with my maestro, Lorenzo Dabove. I was particularly excited to have […]


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Beer + Opera = a fantastic evening

Posted October 19, 2012 | 11:00 am, by Mirella

What could be more fun than a beer tasting set to music? Last month, with the help of my friend, opera singer Melanie Esseltine, I hosted the most unusual beer tasting I’ve put together so far… The beer tasting was called Hopera and each beer was paired with an operatic aria, duet or ensemble. It took over a year to make it happen, and although we thought it was a recipe for the ultimate evening, we weren’t sure how Torontoians would […]


Two Unique Beer Events in Toronto

Posted August 23, 2012 | 4:15 pm, by Mirella

Would you like to experience beer in a new way? Join me for these two super-fun events! Toronto Beer Quest is an urban adventure – a scavenger hunt through downtown Toronto for which all of the clues revolve around Toronto’s rich beer history. This year is TBQIII – the prohibition edition! Hopera is an evening of craft beer and song. Here are the details:  Toronto Beer Quest III Join us for the third edition of Toronto Beer Quest. The Toronto Beer Quest […]


Upcoming Beer Tastings in Toronto

Posted July 9, 2012 | 4:54 pm, by Mirella

Would you like to join me for a beer tasting in Toronto this Month? Here are some details on the public tastings that I will be guiding this month: A Beer Class Monday, July 16th: 6:30pm  at Thirsty and Miserable Join Certified Cicerone Mirella Amato, of for a guided tasting of six delicious beers. Learn about the various flavours in beer and where they come from. Discover the traditions that have shaped the current beer landscape in Ontario and hear […]


It could be about more than just beer…

Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:15 am, by Mirella

I attended the 25th anniversary of Le Cheval Blanc brewpub in Montréal last weekend and it was fantastic. Le Cheval Blanc is the oldest craft brewery in Québec and a great place to visit if ever you’re in town. When I heard about what Le Cheval Blanc was doing to celebrate this landmark anniversary, I absolutely had to go. Of course, the brewer made all kinds of tasty treats to celebrate (these beers are being released at the brewpub throughout […]


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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The Grid

Posted February 23, 2012 | 1:22 pm, by Mirella

“I brought along something that makes beer taste like dirty draught lines, in case people want to geek out later,” Mirella Amato tells her class of nine students on an early February night. A few of them look up, nod, then return their noses to the small plastic cups they’re cradling in their hands…


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Ladies Love Beer Too!

Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:00 pm, by Mirella

Do you live near Fredericton NB?… Join me for this fun tasting that explores the relationship of women with beer throughout history: For more information, you can call: 506-457-9082  ext. 1


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Let’s celebrate St. Brigid’s Day!

Posted February 1, 2012 | 10:00 am, by Mirella

Are you looking for an excuse to break your post-holiday, guilt-driven “drinking break”? Do you need an excuse to get off the couch and out to the pub this evening? Well, guess what? It’s St. Brigid of Kildare’s Day!… Let’s all head out to the pub and CELEBRATE! Right now, some of you might be wondering who St. Brigid of Kildare was. Well, like St. Patrick (who we celebrate at the pub every year) she is one of the patron […]


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