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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
Posts on Regator:2018
Posts / Week:5.5
Archived Since:February 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Are The Oddest Things In Ontario The Solutions?

That's a video posted in the Toronto Star the other day summarizing where this Province sits in its own internal debate about the retailing of beer in Ontario.Its attached to a story titled "Time to take ownership of the Beer Store:Show More Summary

"Grain Suffisanment Pour Faire De La Biere"

The footnote quoting a text from 10 August 1620 actually reads in full: Nous avon du grain suffisamment pour faire du pain and de la bière That statement was written by Denis Jamet, Récollet missionary at Quebec in New France. When I...Show More Summary

The Eight Years Reign of "Craft" Beer Ends

As with many of the words and ideas hovering around good beer for the last decade, we all knew for a while that "craft" beer has been a bit of a loser. Yesterday on social media, two of the biggest voices in good beer publishing affirmed its relegation. Show More Summary

Looking Out The Window Of A Pub

It's one of my favorite things to do, sitting looking out the window of a pub. This was last Monday afternoon. The Bow Bar in Edinburgh. I was just getting used to the time zone and would fly out the next day. Two guys standing at the bar in the small one room space were providing the background track to the seat with a view. Show More Summary

Is It Even Possible To Be A Beer Expert?

Jeff wrote an article for All About Beer this week called "Why Beer Experts Matter". I commented by Twitter that it set out a "good argument by @Beervana but expertise is key, not the "experts" - personifying a body of knowledge just limits it." Discussion ensued. Show More Summary

Back From That Trip To Scotland That I Mentioned...

I was away for a week on a business trip to Scotland. A whole week? Well, as I am the son of two of those Scots who took to the four corners of the world, did add a couple of days of vacation but, much to my surprise, it took 33 hours of travel to get from where I am to where I was going and then, for unknown reasons, 20 hours to get back. Show More Summary

Your January Monday Evening Beery News Roundup

Ah, the holidays are over. Time to relax, write a few thank you notes, mail out the prizes for the photo contest and... go on an unexpected five day four night trip to the UK for work! This never happens to me but it has thrown everything that is normally dull this time of year into hectic disarray. Show More Summary

Session 95: Those Unwritten Books And Happy Marriages...

Tweeeeeet!!! That's it. Twenty-one entries plus this one makes twenty-two. That many posts were linked in the comments answering the question "What beer book which has yet to be written would you like to see published?" What can we glean from these score and deuce of entries? First, a short note on each. Show More Summary

Session 95: Please Link To Your Posts Here

In order to (i) keep things neat and tidy and (ii) defeat the evil powers which lurk causing the moderation of the comments please link to your posts in the comments below. I will reveal them all at once. I may say "shazam!" as I do so. Show More Summary

What Are My Good and Popular Posts of 2014?

My first thought was "oh dear" when I read Jeff's post titled "The Good and Popular Posts of 2014" yesterday. I think I have become part of the unpopular media over the last few years. Not only am I tired with the discourse related to many beer and brewing trends but I still write most of what I write on a blog. Show More Summary

Origins Of Ontario's Beer Wholesaling Cooperative

Jordan has posted an excellent article this evening on the current state of the sale of beer in Canada's biggest province, Ontario. Thirteen and half million Ontarians are served their beer through two large entities: (i) The Beer Store which is owned by the big brewers and (ii) the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, a provincial Crown corporation. Show More Summary

Xmas Gone, Hogmany Coming - Winner Declared!

It's down to two. This has been a hard choice. On the one hand, the cheap seats have made their views known. On the other, I have praised an image as an implicit Vermeer. What a bother. Each is unconventional, one more obviously so. One entrant, Fabio, won the grand prize last year. Show More Summary

Big Bombs: Enjoy By 12.26.14, Stone Brewing Co.

Oops. Well, not really "oops" as in I disobeyed the abusive overlords but you see the issue. Did something deteriorate over the last 48 hours? No. Just the authority of the branding. Besides, who the heck picks Boxing Day as a deadline? The only question is whether the beer is worthy of my attention. Show More Summary

Surprise Twist - The "Got It Wrong" Prize Awarded

I feel a 1980s power ballad coming on. I can't fight this feeling anymore. Maybe I was just so damn tired. I was checking out all the entries and just like that I heard a voice. It said: "Hello, is it me you’re looking for?" I dunno....Show More Summary

Next Today I Immediately Announce The Three Finalists

Had not been planning to do this but the moment was right: You can see my thoughts about these three images and the four not to move on from the semi-finals here. We are getting down to the cruel stage. Any advice?

Today I Award The Grand Photo Prize Winner

I just wish I knew which one it was. Here are the contestants, the short listed: I am going to think about these and add notes as this morning's Chelsea v. West Ham game progresses. As the smell of bacon wafts. Because that's what it does. It wafts.

Session 95: I Answer The Call! Again I Host!!!

It will be a happy New Year, won't it. I mean I have to get through one more day of work... then one mad Christmas managing the emotional needs of family... then through New Year's Eve the most horrible of holidays - does anyone ever have a good time? THEN you have to get your submission for The Session ready. Show More Summary

First Four 2014 Xmas Photo Contest Prizes Announced

I was going to announce all the prizes today. I thought it was going to be that simple. But then I started having that good deep look at the best of the best and, yup, once again I am faced with my own failings. I couldn't take photographs this good. Show More Summary

Minnesota: India Pale Ale, Ballantine, Cold Spring

Ah, the great brewing tradition of Ballantine's in Minnesota. Err... not really. Ballantine was brewed in New Jersey and it's originator Peter Ballantine first trained in Albany almost 200 years ago. Through the decades and centuries, the thread of Ballantine connects late 1900s US hoppy strong ale to hoppy early 1800s US hoppy strong ale. Show More Summary

Another Canadian Barley Farm Brewery

This is maybe my hobby interest in this hobby of mine - brewers growing their own barley. This time its in Saskatchewan: They wanted to go back to farming, too, and were able to buy back the original farm. Lawrence and his family live there today. Show More Summary

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