Accounting for Taste


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One of the things that frustrates me when I’m reading a bottle of beer is when there are food pairing suggestions that don’t tell you anything. “Try this with spicy foods,” the label proudly exclaims, as though that conveys any useful information. Usually, when the bottle says something like that […]

Beer and Food Basics: Hops and the Marshall Stack



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If you’ll recall, I wrote a column early in January about the Hop Mason beer that Keith’s are brewing for pubs in the Prime chain across Canada. The conclusion that I came to was that it was objectively good and that the specs for the beer put it squarely in […]

Keith’s Hop Series




Jim Button: Next Mayor of Calgary or Steve Beauchesne's Doppelganger? 10
I don’t pretend to understand the Alberta beer scene completely. After all, I was only there for about five days, and there’s only so much information you can process. Fortunately, brewers like to talk. While the column this week is about the unique beer hall scene that Alberta has developed […]

Craft Brewing in Alberta – An Outsider’s Perspective


This image came from Canadian Beer News, partially because I made notes on the Pilsner so long ago that I don't even remember if I took pictures. 6
It’s hard to know exactly what to make of Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm. They’re a new brewery in Norfolk County. Part of the issue here is that there really aren’t all that many farm breweries kicking around and there’s not really a concrete definition of what that might entail, at […]

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm







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It’s fairly easy to take an annual event like Cask Days for granted, but since this is the eighth anniversary, I thought I’d show you something pretty neat about the development of the festival. It’s mostly interesting because it mirrors the development of the Ontario beer scene almost directly. 2005: […]

Cask Days By The Numbers