This Artisinal Beer’s For You

Mike Buhler of Beertheif. Photo by Kevin Coffey.

Beer lovers: If Bud Light Lime isn’t cutting it for you, your salvation is here.

Tom Beckett and Mike Buhler, founders of Newfoundland’s Artisanal and Craft Beer Club, have made it their goal to expand the selection of beer available in the province. Beerthief — named after local hardcore band Schizoid’s 1987 single — has begun facilitating orders of previously unavailable brews through the NLC.

“I went to my friend Tom Beckett… he managed the Belbin’s cheese club and we came up with the plan of a beer-of-the-month club,” says Buhler. “It took almost two years to get it going through the NLC but we’re up and running and are just putting in the order for the second offering to the NLC right now.”

Here’s how it works: With each semi-monthly microbrew offering, the club gathers orders. “We place the order with the NLC who place their order with the brewery,” says Buhler. “When it arrives, we notify the members by e-mail to pick it up and pay the NLC. They then enjoy the beer!”

The offerings, which are available with no membership fee and or shipping cost, have attracted hundreds of new and longtime beer fans.

Along with the beer orders, the team will also be holding beer tastings, the first of which will be held on December 7 at the Howley Estates NLC. Liam McKenna, brewmaster at YellowBelly, will be in attendance to discuss the YellowBelly beer available for tasting, while Buhler, a Level One Cicerone (beer sommelier) will lead the tasting of the four beer from Dieu du Ciel of Saint Jerome, Québec.

Dieu du Ciel was recently named 3rd best brew pub in Canada by vacay.ca, with 4th place going to Yellowbelly.

Details on how to order and future events can currently be found at the Beerthief Facebook page.

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