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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
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Archived Since:February 1, 2008

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What Use Is Beer When Facing Truly Horrible Things?

It's a bit hard this Thursday to think of something I'd like to write about given the events of yesterday in Ottawa, just up the Rideau Canal from my home town here in Kingston, Ontario. Beer is fairly unimportant at any time. It is really unimportant at times like this. Show More Summary

"There’s No Such Thing As An Evil Milkshake"

Jordan knocks one out of the park in his column for Canada's Sun newspaper chain by cutting to the chase about the "meaning" of craft beer. Forget about it: Let me suggest something to you: “Craft beer” has served its purpose as an idea and we need to move past it. Show More Summary

How I Feel Now That I Have Nickelbrook's Wet Hop Ale

That's a new photo for me. It is from Halifax's Victory in Europe Day parade in 1945 apparently before it became the VE Day Riot. Click for more of the photo. I have mentioned the Halifax riot of 1945 somewhere around here but can't find the link. Show More Summary

If Everyone Else Is A Beer Expert - Why Not Me?

I have been seeing the term "beer expert" recently, mainly in the non-nerderatti press aimed at the general population. Like this: IGA is proud to be working with beer expert Philippe Wouters to assist their customers in discovering a variety of flavours. Show More Summary

A Good Beer News Roundup For An October Tuesday

"Ah!" That's what I hear you all say... "aaaaaahhhh!" Feet go up. Glasses get adjusted and you tuck yourself in for another fabulous edition of the unscheduled beer news roundup. See, Stan may post a round up every Monday while Boak and Bailey do the same most Saturdays. Show More Summary

There's A Craft Beer Thing Over In Housewares

As seen this afternoon at the local branch of The Bay, Canada's last remaining full service department store. The chain has its own glorious brewing heritage going back to the 1670s. Not sure they are aware of that. Also not sure if Jeff's work was on sale or part of the display. Show More Summary

Canadian Province Determined To Sell Oddly

Have you ever heard of a growler? No, not that. I mean the carefree jug of ale that you can buy at most craft breweries, at grocery stores and even in gas stations. Easy peasy. In New Brunswick, however, the greatest effort is beingShow More Summary

TUNCB: The Dangers And Rewards Of Being Flattered

I said in July my favorite review of The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer was this one from Sweden. But I think it has to be this one by Jeff at Beervana today. It's not just that it is very positive but, rather than just getting it, he explains it a bit back to me. Show More Summary

What To Do With The Upcoming Winter Months?

It's been a good weekend. More good feeds than household chores as well as a number of 17th century tunes to belt out when standing in the pew, even if the Victorians needed to mess with the lyrics. After last weekend's beer book tour, staying close to home provided some time to think. Show More Summary

Session 91: What Ever Did I Learned From Home Brewing?

This month's version of The Session is the third one that I have tagged with home brewing. These things happen with age. Anyway, Pintwell hosts and asked a number of questions including this the most applicable one for me: How did homebrewing...Show More Summary

If Nothing Is Really True Who Needs To Care?

Interesting week. Lots of "value in good beer discussion all of a sudden. Something I was going on about in 2007. David Ort is now naming the benchmark beers in Ontario. Jeff in Oregon is calling out the dumb arguments to support over-priced beer. Show More Summary

Book Tour Tales: Why Do I Love Upstate New York?

Back home. Been in the USA since Thursday and, unlike a lot of you who have to cross an ocean or get out a map, I was able to hit three grocery stores on the way home. See, I live 37 minutes from the international Thousand Islands Bridge, the most beautiful border crossing on the planet. Show More Summary

What I May Think About When They Write About Beer

Jeff has written a good piece on the results to be drawn from the experience of being part of a NAGBW judging team: We had 34 entries that were published in probably ten different publications, and they ranged from very short reviews to lengthy pieces on styles, equipment, or process. Show More Summary

Now... Learn How Canadian US Craft Beer Really Is!

Ruh-roh... this is not good news at all: Beer prices in North America may rise next year as brewers and maltsters face higher costs after cold, wet weather damaged Canadian barley crops and left farmers and tipplers crying in their beer. Show More Summary

Albany Ale: A Photo Of Taylor's Brewery From 1900

Look at that. Taylor's Brewery from around 1900. Craig posted it up on Facebook the other day and I immediately thought... too bad that bridge is in the way. So, I pulled out the fire insurance map from a few years yearlier and thought some cross referencing of the image would help clarify things. Show More Summary

Must We Embrace The Myth Of Sameness?

The race towards abandonment of actual craftwork in the making of craft beer races ahead, lead by the forces of big craft. Just look! Scoff if you must at mass domestic beers, but lessons learned from the makers of Budweiser and Miller Lite are helping to make sure your craft beer tastes the same from pint to pint. Show More Summary

But The Problem Is My Own Unified Theory...

I wrote this quickly over at Stan's this morning. Govern yourselves accordingly. ++++++++++ I have to say I find this a very unsatisfying approach. I want to preface this by saying I do not believe I am being contrarian or a prick. I am also not talking about any one person. Show More Summary

How Would You Face The New Regulation Of Beer?

An interesting event in Vietnam. The apparent imposition of the first regulation of beer: The ministry has also proposed forcing beer companies to place stamps on their products to fight counterfeits, warn drinkers of alcohol abuse, and prevent tax evasion. Show More Summary

Your Moment Of Euro Beer Waitering Zen

What better to post after having your computer eat the long post about one's feelings as one judges beer books for the North American Guild of Beer Writers than to suggest quantity over quality and yet with quality as "Oliver Stümpfel aus Freising holt den Weltrekord im Masskrugtragen." More here. Show More Summary

Session 91: Dimly Recalling My First Belgian

This month's edition of The Session is hosted by the excellently named Belgian Smaak who advise: Although David Turley of Musing Over a Pint did host a great session on Belgian-style triples (A Tripel for Two) back in February 2009,Show More Summary

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