The Christmas season is not my favorite time of the year as I work in retail and I am a Jew. So no big Christmas tree, Santa doesn’t bring me gifts and I don’t hang out with my family and watch It’s a Wonderful Life for 1000th time. When I get a chance to write about something Jewish, I take it and run with it!
So as the late great Heath Ledger once said, And Here We GO!
Jews have been known for lot of things. We are very good with money, we are funny (thanks Billy Crystal Mel Brooks and Larry David) but one thing we are not known for is making beer. Our people are more wine drinkers, “Hey nobody’s perfect.”
When the Jewish museum of Montreal found a 220 year recipe for a Jewish beer everyone was surprised. After much research they discovered the recipe belonged to the Hart family. Sadly, not Bret “The Hitman” Hart (the best there was the best there is the best there ever will be.) a different Hart I’m sorry to say.
The Hart family moved to Quebec in the late 1790’s. They were a prominent family and would bring Quebec its first Jewish beer. Clearly when the long lost recipe was found they knew they had to try and remake it.
The museum managed to crack the code so to speak and figure out how to read the 200 year old document. They turned to Le Réservoir, a craft brewery and pub located just down the street from the museum in Montreal’s trendy Plateau neighborhood about how to bring the historic brew back to life.
They discovered that the beer was an all barley malt with no sugar or other grains added. After a long 2 months, the beer was made and the results left them with an amber-colored ale with sweet and fruity aromas mixed in with rustic flavor which has a whopping 8.3% alcohol content.
They named it “L’Affaire Hart” which in English means The Hart Affair. It was released in limited 250 batch in October and sold out very quickly.
During this lovely holiday season when people are fighting over 4K TV’s, reindeer accidents are causing traffic nightmares and fat middle age men in red suits are climbing down your chimney, remember your Jewish friends out there. Invite them over to see your silly rituals. But make sure you offer them a good beer, something in the 200 year old range.