A world-class beer is being celebrated in style next weekend and it would be a mortal sin to miss it.
There are four magic words that, in my experience, can get any beer geek in the city jumping up from wherever they are and moving quickly. Four simple words that will have even the laziest beer lover dressed, packed, and holding the keys at the front door within 10 seconds, wondering why you aren’t gone already.
“They have Péché Mortel.”
The 9.5 per cent Imperial Coffee Stout by famed Québec brewery Dieu du Ciel! has garnered a much-deserved reputation since it was first poured more than 15 years ago. When Kensington Market bar Thirsty & Miserable opened in 2012, the owner Katie was adamant that Péché be the only consistent tap in their selection. Tourists have travelled many miles just to get the chance to try it at Dieu du Ciel’s Montreal brewpub. It ages well, comes in several varieties, is consistent in quality, and with intense notes of coffee followed by such flavours as chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits, it’s a beer that has often put the perfect start or finishing cap to an evening at the bar. As a beer on its own and as an introduction to the Imperial Stout style, Péché Mortel is world class.
With that in mind, many are pleased that Bar Volo will be hosting a two-day celebration of the award-winning beer next weekend. It’s also a very well-timed event: the cold weather tends to complement a dark, warming flavour profile.
Taking place in 26 bars across the globe—as well as the brewery’s own brewpub and taproom—Péché Day is an annual celebration of the beer loved by many. Each bar will have six different varieties of Péché Mortel available on nitro tap, which brings a beautiful creamy mouthfeel that pairs well with the rich, dark-roasted flavours of the beer. Varieties on tap will be Classic, Dry, Bourbon Barrel Aged, Special 2016 Coffee Blend, Light With Colombian Coffee, and a blend made with Peaches.
And because it’s a Volo event, it almost goes without saying that Toronto’s original craft beer mecca won’t stop there. Along with the six varieties of Péché they will also be properly honouring stouts and porters with an additional 26 kegs of dark beers from local breweries like Great Lakes, Bellwoods, and Left Field, along with cask beers and a special selection of bottles from Volo’s cellar. Most samples will only be available in 5 oz and 12 oz pours.
Admission is free, but space and quantities are limited. Fortunately, the organizers at Volo have every intention of keeping all the beers in the lineup available for the two days. Additionally, because the event will be going on for 12 hours each day, you should have a pretty stress-free and casual experience that we’re sure will get beer lovers moving quickly.
Bar Volo’s Péché Day takes place February 27th and 28th, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. For further details, check check Volo’s website.