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...
May 13th, 2015

Tiny Breweries, Big Tastes

Dogwood tasting room A few more tiny tasting rooms have opened in Vancouver in the last few weeks to months, and if you haven’t had a chance to get out to some of these out-of-the-way places, then do yourself a favour and make plans to do so. Read the rest...
April 7th, 2014

Russkie Brewskies

IMG_3035 Winston Churchill once said: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” No more true than now. Read the rest...
January 20th, 2014

The Best Beers of 2013

IMG_1764 Okay, no more excuses. The New Year has come and gone, so has Ukrainian Christmas and the Julian calendar New Year, so I’m long overdue posting my favourite brews from 2013. Let’s get started… Beers of the Year 2013 January            Phillips Twisted Oak Stillage  barrel aged Scotch ale This 6.8% wee heavy from Phillips, barrel aged in oak, is beautifully complex, full of fruity, caramely and woody nuances. Read the rest...
October 11th, 2013

My kind of Oktoberfest

IMG_2279 Low key, no leder hosen or um-pa-pa, but good, fresh beer – that’s how I like my Oktoberfest. So, I was thrilled to find out about Occidental Brewery‘s tap take-over at Portland Craft the other night. Okay, it wasn’t Oktoberfest, wasn’t advertized that way, but with this line-up, it could’ve been! Read the rest...