Updated: Jun 22
If your beer story begins anything like mine, beer drinking began at parties during teenage years, with some pale liquid that tasted something like sweat, old bread & bitterness and made you think "This stuff is awful!" (... perhaps after a keg stand).
Luckily, sooner or later, there came a glorious moment where beer as I knew it would change forever. With one sip, as though they had been in slumber for centuries, my tastes buds came ALIVE. Full technicolor. Studio 54. D e l i c i o u s.
I had met my first craft beer; an imperial stout -- and I've never looked back.
It happened in my hometown of Montreal, at the brasserie (brewery) that quickly became my watering hole and social meeting spot: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. It was a frigid winter evening, like the ones Montrealers know all too well. The streets were cold and empty, yet the pub's windows were fogged from its jolly patrons. I entered the warm place and the rest is history.
It was Péché Mortel.
That’s French for “Mortal Sin”.
In my mouth it went and flushed my taste buds with its dark, velvety, dare I say seductive American Imperial Stout; a style originally brewed exclusively for the Russian court. I could not resist. This fierce brunette is only served in glasses for moderation and making the pleasure last; no pints for this bold 9.5% ABV brew. The tsunami of roasted coffee, healthy bitterness, full-bodied sugary malt, thick foam and rich aromas frankly just... let me have it.
I could never go back to bad pale lager beers of urine-like aroma, bloating flat fizz and absence of character. I sat there in bewilderment and awe. That was the night I understood that beer was a whole world to be savoured. Enjoyment in its true meaning. I was love drunk from the seemingly endless taps at the bar, the chalkboards on the wall filled with current brews and words like plum, spice, ale, Belgian, weiss, IPA with the vibrant welcoming cheer of staff and friendly beer folk.
Without exaggeration, that cold winter eve changed my life forever. I was invited into the world of great beer, craft beer and the delights of a wholesome community.
This is the kind of beer that is worth every sip, every penny and every step taken to reach it.
After many years exploring the world of craft beer, we founded Bonnie and Clyde Urban Tours and the very first Craft Beer Walking Tour in Greece! In 2021, we have launched our own style of walking tours inspired by the power of craft beer on community and the individual. We choose the non-touristy tour style, urban tours for young-at-heart travellers.
With our Sunset Craft Beer Walking Tour, we strive to spark some of those aforementioned taste-bud-awakening moments with the gems of the Greek and Cretan craft beer industry, along the stunning cityscape of Chania as our “watering hole”.
So come along for a tour & let your taste buds come alive!
P.S. What was YOUR first?? Share in the comments below!