I’m Jordan St. John and I’m one of Canada’s leading beer writers.
I started writing about beer in 2010 order to get into brewing school at Niagara College. When I applied to brewing school, there were something like 500 applicants for 24 positions. I figured that with that many people applying to get into brewing school, it would be a good idea to be able to show them that I knew what I was talking about. Thus was St. John’s Wort born. It is a very bad brewing pun that it is far too late to change.
By the time I was accepted to brewing school in 2011, I had been writing about beer for 6 months and had landed a job as the National Beer Columnist for QMI/Sun Media. As far as I know, I was Canada’s first (and likely only ever) nationally syndicated beer columnist.
In addition to the blog and the weekly column and the brewing school experience, I have somehow managed to parlay this gig into becoming the co-author of a book on home brewing (How to Make Your Own Brewskis: The Go-To Guide for Craft Brew Enthusiasts) and the leading expert on the history of brewing in Ontario and Toronto through the books Ontario Beer and Lost Breweries of Toronto. I have also co-authored two editions of the Ontario Craft Beer Guide which catalogues and explains the rapidly growing brewing scene here in Ontario.
I am sometimes a collaborative brewer in Toronto, and have served as returning officer for the Canadian Brewing Awards. I am a Certified Cicerone and a Certified BJCP. I once helped design a beer with Margaret Atwood. I commissioned polling that helped convince the government of Ontario that grocery store beer sales were going to be popular with the public. I have even been on Storage Wars Canada as an “expert.”
I have provided content for CBC Radio, TAPS Magazine, Huffington Post, Quench Magazine, and a number of other publications. I teach Beer Appreciation at George Brown College in Toronto.
I have drunk some very good beer with some very nice people. I have helped break up streetfights and served beer to foreign dignitaries. If I’m honest, it has all gone much better than I expected.
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