Yearly Archives: 2015


The lineups were pretty short, which was nice. 2
An oddly large portion of the subject when we talk about breweries selling out has to do with the concept of indebtedness. Internet response to the news of an acquisition is laughably predictable. There’s typically a certain amount of moderately witty badinage followed by exasperated outrage, threats of boycott and […]

Why do Breweries Sell out (Part Two)


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One of the questions that people seem to ask more and more frequently these days is: “Why do breweries sell out?” Ultimately, the motivations behind such a decision have not changed much since the advent of industrialization in brewing in the late 18th and early 19th century. This is a […]

Why Do Breweries Sell Out? (Part One)




It sounds fanciful, but imagine having 200 plants where this is the case. 7
A little under a month ago I was sitting in Chaucer’s in London, Ontario with a group of beer writers and Matt Brown. Matt is the mayor of London and I’m afraid I made a bad impression by referring to him as “your worshipfulness.” It was the third stop on […]

And in Every Town


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There’s always something a little dispiriting about a delivery you’re not expecting showing up at the apartment when you’re out of town. All you can really do is buzz the guy into the building with instructions to leave it in front of your door and hope that the neighbours don’t […]

Beer and Food: Estrella Damm Tapas Journey




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The Cicerone Certification Program announced today that it will be introducing a level of certification between Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone. The press release was worded in a rather interesting way of whose nature I am dubious. It reads: Previously, the only way for a Certified Cicerone to advance in […]

Fun With Numbers: Sums and Sommeliers Edition



If you're going to host an Irish Pavilion in Toronto in July, you'd do well to leave complimentary sunscreen about the pavilion. Someone at Tourism Ireland thought ahead. 2
One of the things that I’m always fascinated by is the development of beer culture in non-North American markets. If you look at the United States and Canada, the narrative is all too familiar because it’s something like 30 years old. There have been problems with regulation and with monopolies, […]

Irish Beer at the Toronto Festival of Beer



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The Background When you get right down to it, the job of a critic is to tell you whether something is good or bad. Most of the time, I’m able to convey that information in prose. I don’t often use numeric ratings because that has always struck me as inutile. […]

Review: The Wild Beer Co. Ninkasi