Welcome beer drinkers to this month’s edition of Prostly, where we’re sharing stories and experiences from our beer-infused travels. It’s our tenth issue (double digits!) and the second last of 2017 as the year rapidly comes to a close. For those like us on the brink of winter (it’s a going to be a bad one, we hear), there’s nothing more idyllic than a warm, cozy pub with a hearty beer and friendly bartender. A crackling fire wouldn’t hurt either. It’s the beer drinker’s equivalent of watching Netflix in footsie pyjamas with a mug of hot chocolate. We’ll be doing that too.

We get started by welcoming a newcomer to the Toronto beer scene, a Dutch brown cafe named Borrel. Brown cafes, kind of like the Irish pub of Holland, are prolific across the Netherlands and known for their dark wood interiors, tasty bar snacks, and all around cozy vibes. The selection of Ontario craft and Dutch beers alongside yummy bites makes it a winner in our books.

And speaking of Irish pubs, we’ve got a great roundup of beer bars in Dublin by Kevin Gleeson, a Dubliner through and through. Highlighting the best of Dublin’s beer scene from traditional pubs to craft beer spots, Kevin’s compelling write-up makes us regret spending any time at all at Temple Bar. Time for a do-over.

Next we’re sharing a DIY tour of Montreal’s craft beer scene that we did – and you should too. Quebec has long been considered the reigning champ of Canadian craft beer, and its capital Montreal offers visitors a gateway into its many excellent microbrasseries. We’ve included a downloadable map so you can follow in our footsteps.

We finish off with a spotlight on beer bar Skúli in Reykjavik, which is owned and operated by Borg Brugghús. It’s a brewery that encountered all throughout our travels in Iceland, but first impressions are everything.

That concludes our latest Prostly issue – we hope you enjoy it. Let us know if you have any suggestions for stories you’d like us to cover or beers you’d like us to drink. As always, drop us a line if you’re interested in contributing, collaborating, or co-imbibing. We’re up for all three.

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Image courtesy of Carles Pradas Lechuga