March 28th, 2013

Les Bières du Montreal

MontrealTrip2 I was lucky enough recently to visit Montreal, home to a growing number of wonderful brewpubs. On my first evening I was able to walk from my hotel to Benelux on Sherbrooke, a brewpub that has become a local hotspot. The place was packed when I got there, with one seat left at the end of the bar. Read the rest...

The Basics of Home Brewing

boiling-wort-homebrew-1 Through this column we hope to establish a conversation about making great beer at home. We will cover water, grain, hops, yeast, packaging and aging your home brew and all things in between. We will also offer recipes for the novice and the advanced home brewer, look at equipment options and answer questions from enthusiasts. Read the rest...
March 16th, 2013

By way of an introduction…

photo It was the 1980’s: the three giant breweries that ruled Canada and staunch unions faced off more than a few times to stop the flow of suds to the masses, but the biggest I recall was in 1985. Many months went by, pubs and liquor stores brought in American brews, the usual mass-market stuff, but even some of the early US craft brews. Read the rest...