I’m Jordan St. John and I’m one of Canada’s leading beer writers.
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 figured that with that many people applying to get into brewing school, it would be a good idea to be able to display on the application 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) national 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. Currently, I’m working on the Ontario Craft Beer Guide: The first guide to Ontario’s beer scene since 1993.
I am sometimes a collaborative brewer in Toronto, and have served as returning officer for the Canadian Brewing Awards more frequently than not over the last five years. I once helped design a beer for Margaret Atwood. I have even been on Storage Wars Canada as an “expert.” I have provided content for CBC Radio, TAPS Magazine and a number of other publications. I am a Certified Cicerone and (last time I checked) a Prospective BJCP.
I have drunk some very good beer with some very nice people. I have helped break up streetfights and served beer to foreign dignitaries.
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