Reefer Madness: Legal Weed & Beer

Reefer! Marijuana! Cannabis! Weed! Ganja! Wacky Tobacky! The Devil’s Lettuce! The weed that plants its roots in HELL! So it’s legal here in Canada now, after a very long time of being illegal but mostly unenforced save for the odd dispensary bust. The governments in each province handles things their own way, Ontario being particularly…

Not Like I’m Bitter or Anything – What “Hoppy” Really Means

“I don’t like hoppy beers” It’s something I get told by a lot of folks who are new to better beer and I get what they’re saying, but often have to point out that what they REALLY mean is “I don’t like bitter beers”. And you know what? That’s completely valid. I’ve often been pretty…

A Compass in the Sea of Choice

So the past month or so has actually been a pretty informative one for me, and, because I’m trying not to just let those thoughts out into bursts on my twitter account, I thought I’d put a few things out on here as well. And while I’ve been talking about this stuff casually for the…

Pretty Good Year

I’m currently at my family’s cottage in beautiful Muskoka, sipping on some coffee, watching the beautiful day out there, and starting to come to terms with the fact that I’m no longer in that beautiful state between Christmas and New Year’s Eve where time doesn’t matter and all that exists is sleep, media, and chocolate….

Beer for Ears: The World of Craft Beer ASMR

***PLEASE READ WITH EARPHONES ON AND VOLUME TURNED UP*** Well, of course there’s ASMR of it. That’s something I never thought I would say on this site, even though I should have expected it. But here we are. So, a bit of context before we continue with what turned out to be a pretty fascinating…

Aurosa & Why The Idea of “Beer Made For Women” Needs to Die

Alright, guys, I don’t know why this has to be repeated over and over again, but it’s becoming clear that it bears repeating, so here we freakin’ go. I, along with every other woman in the beer world, has heard about Aurosa, a “premium lifestyle” beer that describes itself as the “first beer for her”…

CURRENTLY DRINKING: Two Beers, One Province

As the travel, along with the huge amounts of stress and panic brought on by the ultimately rewarding privilege of working on a second book (MAY 20TH, FOLKS!) has officially died down, I’m finding myself looking towards my own fridge for inspiration, and finding that over the years I really haven’t been short of that….

Three Notable Breweries of the Wasteland

This post is sort of my way to put to use one of my favourite writing exercises. At the start of each creative writing class in school, our teacher would put some music on and allow us to do some freeform writing for 15 minutes or so. This would allow us to get the worries,…

And I’m Back!

Well, that’s the manuscript for the second edition of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, done and dusted. Between working on that for the past 5-6 months while also working on the promotion for the last book and juggling my columns and day job, and spending most of my waking hours doing some amazing things both…