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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


I'm still waiting for a Charlie Brooker IPA. "That's it. The can's empty. Go away."
“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. Since I started teaching Beer Appreciation at George Brown College, I have learned the following things. First, I find it pretty hard to come down after speaking in front of a group. I’ve got […]

Poles Apart


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Of all the people who send beer out for review, Beau’s is probably the most prolific. It’s nice that they basically send one of everything for review, but a lot of the time there’s so much going on in Ontario that I worry reviewing all of it might give people […]

Review: A Beau’s Four Pack




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Last year, I managed to miss the inaugural edition of the Toronto Brew Fest. I was feeling low key, as one does towards the end of February and had decided to stay in. What became apparent on the twitter feed surrounding the event is that the reviews on the ground […]

Upcoming: Toronto Brew Fest 2017


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Sometimes, your relationship with a brewer starts out in a mildly contentious manner. That was certainly the case with Bell City and their Eureka Cream Ale. When they made their debut on the patio at the Rhino Summer Beer Fest in 2013, I remember having the following conversation with the […]

Bell City and Changeability




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If there was a thematic element to this edition of the Ontario Craft Beer Guide, it is probably to do with the life cycle of the startup brewery. Mark Murphy from Left Field asked me back in the summer if we were going to go back and revisit the breweries […]

Some Post 2nd Edition Thoughts