Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms



Phänomenologie des Kraftbiers

By Pat Rich

Recently I was contemplating Hegel and the end of history, something I had not done since my university days. This was prompted not by existential angst but by a recent article in The Globe and Mail – and not one of the profound musings of Margaret Wente, but rather a piece in the Living section.

The article described how a small microbrewery in Seaforth, Ontario — Half Hours on Earth Brewery (the name itself evidently taken from the lyrics of a now-defunct New York rock band) — has turned to music lyrics to name its beers. Continue reading “Phänomenologie des Kraftbiers”

The new beer culture

by Pat Rich

We were sitting with friends at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park in Ottawa a few weeks ago enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with music, food and, most important, at least 12 different varieties of draft beer supplied by Beau’s Brewery, the well-established Vankleek Hill microbrewery.

The event had been sold out for weeks and mirrored the success Beau’s has had with its Oktoberfest event held for the past 7 years at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds. Beau’s also sponsored the St. Patrick’s Day parade that preceded the Lansdowne Park event. A spokesman for the brewery was quoted as saying the celebrations aimed to have “a more traditional, cultural focus. We want this to be a cultural celebration.” Continue reading “The new beer culture”

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