Beer Man: Solstice D’hiver Disappoints as a Barleywine

dieuBrasserie Dieu du Ciel, St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada

To all the microbreweries out there: OK, I get it. You can put Cascade hops into any beer style you want.

Not content to fill the shelves with thousands of American pale ale and American India pale ale beers that taste like pine and grapefruit, you are now making every style in the world taste like that. These beers should have a label on them that reads, “Rated PG.”

But know this: You are not breaking new ground. You are not being hip. Three thousand breweries before you have made PG-tasting porters, barleywines, weissbiers, imperial stouts, Belgian ales, etc.

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