July 22nd, 2016

Open for Beer Business

IMG_0502 Strathcona Beer Company softly opened last Friday and despite the limitations of the Tasting Room License (one 12 oz glass per customer or a short flight of 4 only), the pizzas were flying out of the kitchen and post flight, many growlers and 40 oz bottles of the Belgian Gold were going out the door. Read the rest...
December 24th, 2015

The Night Before Festivous

santaLarge   Twas the night before Festivous, when all through the brewery Not a creature was stirring, it was like a silent movie; The tanks were all standing next to each other with care, In hopes that the big brews soon would be there; The brewers were settled, all snug with their pints, And visions of golden ales danced in their sights,   And Mama in her work boots, and me in my cap, Had just settled down for a strong winter night-cap When out on the street there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the table to see what was the matter. Read the rest...
October 21st, 2015

A Fresh Wet Hopped Conversation

IMG_5181 This is a fictionalized conversation between CHEEK, long time craft beer lover and West Coast hophead; JOWL, long time beer drinker, only recently into the wonderland of craft brews and myself. All names changed to protect the inebriated. Jowl: Hey, have you guys checked out any of the wet hopped beers out right now? Read the rest...
October 1st, 2015

Quick Beer Trips from Coast to Coast

IMG_5118 Halifax I had the pleasure of being in Halifax recently, with not a lot of time for beer hunting. Still, I managed to corral a few bottles and found some excellent drinking holes in which to partake of some of Nova Scotia’s newest and best craft beers. Read the rest...
September 21st, 2015

The 17th Annual Belgian Beer Weekend

IMG_3027 Belgian Beer Weekend 2015 Brussels I must admit that this is one of my favourite times to travel to Belgium. You meet people from all over the world that travel here year after year for this great social event that just so happens to be all about beer. Read the rest...
September 19th, 2015

Beer in the Land of Windmills

2015-09-02 09:29:31 As luck would have it, I found myself in Amsterdam recently, one of my favourite cities in Europe. So many great beer bars tucked into tiny streets, cafes along canals, wonderful restaurants and so easy to navigate on foot. Getting lost is part of the adventure. Read the rest...
September 16th, 2015

Ontario’s South Coast and Beyond

IMG_4963 The Journey begins in a garage in Port Rowan, Ontario. It’s a man cave really, pool table, stereo sound system and a fridge full of beer, Ontario craft beer. Breweries and brewpubs now seem to proliferate the landscape in small towns across the province. Read the rest...
August 26th, 2015

Summer in the City and the Living is Beery

IMG_4827 Summer in the city and beer goes down so nice and easy! You can certainly say that about anywhere in North America this summer. High temperatures and lack of rain have pushed many of us unto the patio these past weeks, to discover new thirst quenching treats and to try some old favourites. Read the rest...
June 23rd, 2015

Cenosillcaphobia ?

I have cenosillicaphobia, fear of an empty beer glass. I have cenosillicaphobia, fear of an empty beer glass. No need to fear an empty beer glass, help is here! The craft beer scene has always been heartily supported by home brewers since day one. In fact, some home brewers go that extra mile and become, in time,  professional brewers themselves. Read the rest...
May 30th, 2015

Road Trips and One Night Stands

IMG_4446 Summer is upon us, so it’s time to catch up with some ‘beer destinations’. No matter where  you’re heading out to on holidays this year, it won’t be hard to find decent craft brew. At the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries operating in the US, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs and 119 regional craft breweries. Read the rest...