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…

The Brewer’s Path, Renoir, and the Craft Beer Narrative

One of the things that I got a real sense of while co-writing the Ontario Craft Beer Guide and something that has really stuck out as we begin our research on a possible other one, is the narrative. The story each brewery has behind them. The fascinating thing is that narratives in this more beer-focused…

TRUTHSEEKER ALERT: NEW LEGENDARY MUSKOKA ODDITY SIGHTING!!!!

Up here in Ontario there was some excitement on my part when I found out that Muskoka Brewery’s Legendary Oddity, formally the Spring Oddity, a Belgian Ale made with Heather Tips, Juniper Berries, Sweet Orange Peel, and Candi Sugar has not only come back to the brewery’s lineup, but also evolved from their giant 750ml…

At Year’s End: So Long, 2015

I’m up at the family cottage for the holidays. Currently I’m sipping on some decent coffee, have Big Trouble in Little China playing in the background, and looking through my notes from the book reflecting on the past year. And what a freakin’ year it’s been. One that truly has underlined the blessing and curse…

Goose Island and the Return to Chicago

I have a lot of fond memories of Chicago. Longtime readers may remember that I was there back in 2012, where I went to C2E2 with my partner at the time, hung out with a few of my friends (some from Chicago, others from NYC), and tried a LOT of fantastic beers. 3 Floyd’s Arctic…

So I’ve been busy (Ontario Craft Beer Guide Announcement)

Hey folks, a lot of you might have noticed that I haven’t posted much on here this summer. My deepest apologies. Work has been absolutely crazy, with things just getting incredibly busy leading up to a string of business trips last month. Rest assured that posts are on the way. I have at least three…