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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
Posts on Regator:1939
Posts / Week:5.7
Archived Since:February 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A Summer Sunday Beer News Roundup

News round ups are sort of the sweat pants of blogging. A pal calls sweat pants "give ups" and I suppose that might apply to my links posts. Yet, sometimes there are actually a number of things worth noting but not really worth going into in any depth around here. Show More Summary

Some Words For Beer In The NY Times Over Time

Interesting to see that "craft beer" is such a post-2007 term that never achieved the heights that "microbrewery" did. "Gourmet beer" never did nuttin' for no one. Glad to see "good beer" has the staying power that simplicity and accuracy assures. Play this game yourself.

How Stands My Own Immaculate Taste Today?

Boak and Bailey asked themselves a mid-year, mid-life question: what do they like now? Sounds like a good idea. I'm just getting over a five week run of creaky ailments that have given me a new appreciation of my insides so this is just the thing for a third Monday evening in July. Show More Summary

Ontario: Uber, Nickel Brook Brewing, Burlington

What a minefield this beer presents me. Not only do I know and like the brewer but his mother lives nearby and his auntie works where I do. How could I possible give an opinion unbouyed by positive thoughts? Then again, it's not like I am all Jim-junkety or anything. Show More Summary

Al And Max Theatre Presents: "Sandwich Tongs!"

The scene: Alan sits on a stool hunched at the dark end of the bar back nearest the hallway to the bathrooms. His face is bathed in the blue glow of the iPhone screen into which he stares. The barroom is busy but he does not notice Only his fingers move across the little screen. Show More Summary

Who Pays For All That Other Stuff Brewing Creates?

I have had a bit of a odd bug for the last while. Not something that I would get into in great detail but for some reason this story about one aspect of the brewing in Vancouver caught my eye: The region wants bylaw changes that could...Show More Summary

So What The Heck Was Aquavitae In 1599?

Another day another sixteen century reference to beer that has me puzzled. This is an excerpt from an account of the voyages of John Davis who sailed both in the high Arctic of what becomes Canada in the 1580s and also in the tropics on spice trade expeditions around the turn of the century. Show More Summary

Saturday Evening In Section 201, Seat 9

I had three beers over the weekend. A Brooklyn Summer ale at the Hops Spot in Sackets Harbor, NY with lunch Saturday. A Saranac Pale Ale at the Chiefs - Paw Sox game that evening. A Syracuse Pale Ale at the Dinosaur BBQ with lunch the next day. Show More Summary

Session 89: A History Of The Hop And The Malt And The Beer...

It's that time again. The monthly edition of The Session. Beer blogging boys and girls gather 'round the coal fired ISPs throughout the world to share their thoughts on a topic. This month our host is the Pittsburgh Beer Snob who writes: At many points in history you can look back and find alcohol intertwined. Show More Summary

Is Craft Beer Becoming Like A Disabling Profession?

Many moons ago, I read a lot of Ivan Illich's writing. And George Grant's. And stuff by Bertrand Russell, Simone Weil and H.L. Mencken as well as anyone else it seems who were quite happy to tell you the general assumptions about anything...Show More Summary

Considering The Role Of Ale On This Of Canada Day

Nine years ago, back around those heady days of political blogging, I wrote a series of posts on a fictitious Atlantic Canadian separation movement focused on a mde-up new capital called Tantrama City. One post set out details of the Canada Day celebrations under the new governmental order and featured the photo of Neil and Larry above. Show More Summary

Ontario: Conductor, Junction Craft Brewing, Toronto

This was the beer that caused a slight rift in the fabric of that great evening three weeks ago with Ron, Jordan and Peter. We were at the end of the middle act of the night at 3030 when we all had this same one last beer, brewed within walking distance of the bar. Show More Summary

Ten Days Ended And Those Many Spelling Mistakes

The last of the page proofs of Upper Hudson Beer went into the publishers hands this week. That's the third book I've been involved with and handed off, leaving my control in about half of a year. More are actually now being written already - but this is all an unexpected turn of events. Show More Summary

Reasonable Evidence The Older Stuff Was Quite Strong

An interesting tidbit from The New York Times of 6 February 1858 in an article entitled "An Important Question Decided": It has long been a disputed point whether lager bier can be properly classed among toxatious drinks, but yesterday,...Show More Summary

Book Review: Brew Britannia, J. Boak and R. Baily

To say I am pleased for the authors of Brew Britannia, Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey, would be an understatement. They have taken a charged topic - the last 50 years of British small scale brewing - and present back a superbly researched and deftly written history. Show More Summary

What Are The Elements Of Style?

ATJ has provided us with an excellent brief essay, a four paragraph musing on the potential for one municipality to have a style of beer... or perhaps of brewing. It got me thinking about the factors which we use to construct style systems. Show More Summary

Story Review: "The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest", Evan Rail

As we continue to witness what Donald Rumsfeld might have called an "Old Europe" approach to good beer rages on with more and more interested parties jumping into the discussion to express deep shock that a falsely founded PR mumbo jumbo...Show More Summary

If You Want To Know What's In Your Beer...

At Item H.1 of Table X of section B.16.100 of the Food and Drug Regulations at chapter 870 of the Consolidated Regulations of Canada it says that our brewers can use hydrochloric acid as a food additive in ale, beer, light beer, malt liquor, porter and stout. Show More Summary

A Thursday Eve's Grab Bag Of Beery News

If you say Thursday Eve rather than Wednesday evening you feel that bit closer to the weekend. Don't you. No? Well how about a few stories about beer anyway: => Some good investigative reporting in Montreal has found a pattern of short changing the public by 25%. Show More Summary

Last Night I Heard The Jet Planes Land

Somehow, Toronto achieved a late spring evening without humidity or auto exhaust or heat or crowds or any of the other things that make me not love going to Toronto in the warm months. Maybe they were all at other events or at the cottage. Show More Summary

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