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 […]


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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 […]


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 […]

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

Nua Prik with Miranda, which I think was the gist of the beer's original name anyway.

Beer and Food Tuesday: Nua Pad Prik with Miranda 1

Sometimes, Beer and Food Tuesday just falls in your lap and today was one of those days. I got a call from Troy Burtch at Great Lakes Brewery this morning. Shockingly, he wasn’t called to yell at me for the outcome of the Ontario Brewmaster’s Cup. I would have been […]


Beer and Food Tuesday: Flammekueche 2

As regular reader, Darren Siddorn, that long haired lover from Liverpool, pointed out last week on Beer and Food Tuesday, the dish that you’d expect to see associated with Strasbourg and Kronenbourg is Tarte Flambee or Flammekeuche. It’s essentially an Alsatian flatbread dish that’s very close in makeup to being […]

The Ayinger really excels here. The poor photography does not.

The Toronto Festival of Beer 2012: Cheap Plugs Edition 2

An increasingly large number of people want me to plug things related to the Toronto Festival of Beer. Normally, I don’t really do cheap plugs, but the email inbox is groaning under the weight of folks looking for me to talk about the TORONTO FESTIVAL OF BEER and how it […]

I can't tell you how many people tried to feed me peanuts.

Announcing Beer and Food Tuesdays at St. John’s Wort 4

One of the things that I’m lucky enough to be able to ponder occasionally is beer and food pairing. It’s the kind of thing that I’ve been massively appreciative of in the past, because for the most part, when I experience it, someone else is doing it for me. I’ve […]


Toronto Ribfest 1

St.John’s Wort is pleased to provide you with some auditory stimuli to enhance your reading experience. Ribs are one of those foods that somehow manage to promote competition. I don’t know whether it’s the primeval sensation of stripping the meat from the bone with your teeth, with your fingers covered […]

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If the mayor drops by, people come to see the speech, even if they're up in the rigging, so to speak.

Molson’s New Packaging Line

I have a mildly complicated relationship with Molson. This is probably because reality isn’t white hats and black hats. Craft beer isn’t Alan Ladd and Macro isn’t Jack Palance. Molson has a lot of strong points. They employ a number of immensely talented people, some of whom I like personally. […]