Beer and Food Tuesday: Temple Bar, Cambridge 1

Recently, I was flown to Boston to visit the Sam Adams Brewery. While we’ll no doubt get to the brewery tour itself later in the week once the experience has had some time to percolate through the ol’ grey matter, I wanted to talk about something that Sam Adams is […]

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Cask Days By The Numbers 7

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: […]

Clearly, we should all be very, very afraid.

And this is what it looks like when you do it at home and are not interested in plating. Still tasty.

Beer And Food: Jamaican Curry Chicken and Nightmare on Mill Street 1

A large number of people like Pumpkin beer, and this is very largely because it tastes like fall. It has those pumpkin pies spices in it that make it reminiscent of coming in from raking leaves before Sunday dinner. That being said, it can be a little difficult to find […]


Sort of one of those single, manly tear moments.

Creativity in Action – Doppelbock 1

One of the things that I try to encourage whenever possible is creativity in the creation of beer, and I feel like there’s no segment of the beer world more ripe for creative brewing than the Doppelbock. Truth be told, I’ve had several Doppelbocks and there is some leeway in […]


Has He Lost His Mind: Iron Brewer 2012

What would you do with these ingredients? Base malts: Muntons Marris Otter Dark Bohemian Pilsner Floor Malt CMC Superior Pale Specialty Malt Oak Smoked Wheat Malt Dark Bohemian Wheat Floor Malt OiO Barley Flakes OIO Wheat Flakes Toasted (Torrified) OIO Brewers Oat Flakes (Quick) OiO Rye Flakes Toasted Thomas Fawcett […]

Master Brewer and all around nice guy Paul Dickey served as Emcee for the proceedings. Here he is pictured humouring a photographer.

Toronto Beer Week Preview – History and Culture 2

  Did you know that the Toronto beer scene has more operatic members than a Romberg revival? It’s true. You’ve got Oliver Dawson, who runs the Old Toronto Beer Tour. You’ve got the world class Robert Pomakov who owns Opera Bob’s at Dundas and Ossington. You’ve got Mirella Amato, who […]


So You Want To Be A Brewer: Beau’s/St.John’s Wort Karma Sumac 2

Toronto Beer Week is fast approaching, and one of the marquee events, if the lineups from last year are to be believed, is the Barrel Bragging Rights afternoon at The Monk’s Table. The fact that it’s as popular as it is has to do with publican Adam Grant’s special genius […]

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Yes, it's beef. Yes, it's served with English pale ale. Sometimes these things are classics for a reason.

Beer and Food Tuesday: National Capital Craft Beer Week 1

On Friday night, I got to go to a beer dinner hosted by Stephen Beaumont at the Capital Dining Room at the National Suites Hotel in Ottawa. You know Stephen Beaumont. He doesn’t really need any introduction. He’s been writing about beer for 23 years. He has a book coming […]