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 […]

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

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

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 […]


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

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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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. […]

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

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OCB Week Beer and Food: Fanny Chadwick’s

As Ontario Craft Beer Week continues on its merry, slightly lumbering way, I find that the events that I’m most interested in are the ones that deal with pairing food and beer. I suspect that this has to do with the fact that we don’t get enough of this in […]


How Not To Manage A Crisis: Labatt Blue 5

There are some particularly good examples in the history of crisis management. Take Tylenol, who in 1982 suffered a major setback in Chicago. Some bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol had been tampered with and contained potassium cyanide. Because the bottles came from different factories, it was pretty clear that it […]