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“If you’re looking for the real thing, he can show you where it went.” – The Band It was July first and I had been booked to appear at one of the reopening weekends for Ontario Place. In principle, speaking as a historian at a Canada Day celebration during the […]

Supper’s Ready


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“The more it stays the same, the less it changes.” – David St. Hubbins Aging in a Craft Beer context is odd. There are people who turned 19 today who will always have thousands of options and may never see a macro brand. The great joy of teaching Beer Appreciation […]

The Village Green Preservation Society



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“It is a world within the world, and, if there be such places between the things of the world, places built in the gaps, then surely there are things there, and places between them, and things in those places too.” – William Gibson I never went to Mascot Brewery. Not […]

All Tomorrow’s Parties


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“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”― Mark Z. Danielewski How do […]

Now For Plan A


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The benefit of walking everywhere is that it does set you up with some context for the thing that you’re about to see. In the case of Toronto, that means that you’re going to see cranes in the sky and streetscapes mostly made up of advertising boards proffering suites from […]

Absolute Beginners



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“So this is 26 years of experience?” I said to Bim. “Is that what it is? “It’s what you’re doing with it.” “If I had more money, it would have been bigger.” Godspeed Brewing is an odd phenomenon, because so much of it is bound up in expectation. One of […]

A Star To Steer Her By


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“Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society— the social ramble ain’t restful.” That was Satchel Paige that said that and while he may have been a good pitcher, his way with a witticism was probably better than Berra. That comes of knowing who you are. […]

They Send Me Beer: Early July 2017




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There are things that you learn about yourself when you try to do a new thing, just like when I start getting lol coaching sessions and I didn’t know I was so bad at the game. Since I started teaching Beer Appreciation at George Brown College, I have learned the […]

Poles Apart