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About Jordan St.John

I’m Jordan St. John.

Semi-Legitimate Beer Guy

I started writing about beer in order to get into brewing school at Niagara College. When I applied to brewing school the first time, there were something like 200 applicants for 24 positions. I sort of figured that with that many people applying to get into brewing school, it would be a good idea to have some credentials to show on the application.

As it turns out, if you start writing about beer in order to get into brewing school, it’s moderately disappointing when they decide that you don’t need a portfolio for that year. On the bright side, by the time I was accepted to brewing school in 2011, I had been writing about beer for 6 months and had landed a full time job as the national beer columnist for QMI. As far as I know, I’m Canada’s only national beer columnist, which is neato peachy keen.

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 homebrewing to be published in late 2012, a collaborative brewer in Toronto with a Beeradvocate average rating of a solid B, and returning officer for the Canadian Brewing Awards 2010-2011. I have designed a website for a brewery. I have worked packaging lines. I have drunk some very good beer with some very nice people. I have helped break up streetfights.

If all this activity persists I may revise my title from “semi-legitimate beer guy” to “actual bona-fide beer writer.”

If you need to get in touch with me, you can do so at or @saints_gambit on twitter.

9 Thoughts on “About Jordan St.John

  1. al bischoff on February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am said:

    cheers!!! glad to read your writing . keep up the good work. i miss the volo gang . al

  2. Mike Laba on February 28, 2011 at 8:26 am said:

    Jordan…I am seeing more and more of your writing in major online outlets. It’s great writing and great to see.



  3. Doug Shoemaker on June 12, 2011 at 10:07 am said:

    Hi Jordan,

    I laughed so hard at Your Mondial 2011 story I had tears in my eyes, not at You but with You.

    Thanks Man, Cheers, Doug

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  5. angiemccolman on June 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm said:

    Just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more about your adventures in ‘beerland’. angie

  6. Dave Vansteenkiste on April 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm said:


    Have you somehow missed that Twin Pines Orchard and Cider House have just won not only a gold medal in the international Michigan cider competition for their Hammerbent Red but also best in show!! They beat 320 commercial competitors from across the world for the best (BEST) cider in the entire completion – the largest in the world. Just saying!

    • admin on April 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm said:

      I have not missed that. I’m in touch with the nice Twin Pines people, but I’m also writing a book and fighting The Beer Store’s lobby group and writing a weekly beer column and whatnot. I’m sure I’ll catch up with them during Ontario Craft Cider Week, which I’m helping to promote.

      Busy, busy, busy.

  7. Toronto reader on May 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm said:

    Hi Jordan, I’m a Toronto Sun reader. Have you read the latest blog by left field brewery?

    Would it be possible for you to write about this important issue in an upcoming column in the Sun?

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