But WHY?

Image by Dale O'Flaherty

My name is Robin LeBlanc.  By day (and let’s face it, most of the night) I am a mild-mannered Publicity Assistant and freelance Photographer. I live in Toronto with a bastard cat and a few people and enjoy things like Star Trek, boxing, comics and a wide-range of music from 1920s Hot String Jazz to a bunch of Angry Japanese men screaming while banging things.

By night, (and let’s face it, most of the day), I’m an award-winning writer, beer columnist, and co-author of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, now in its second edition.

But that’s not important to this blog, totally.  The big thing is that I really like beer. It wasn’t always this way.  Many years ago I loved wine and was getting to be quite a snob about it.  But then someone gave me a Trappist beer and it all just spiraled out of control.  I picked up some books, talked to some brewers and other beer bloggers, started making my own beer and found that I was really getting passionate about it.  I figured that I should set up a blog to dump the stuff that I’ve learned in the past as well as what I continue to learn (the beer world really is a deep rabbit hole of wonder).  So here I am.

I live in Ontario, Canada, which has incredibly stupid laws regarding beer and is sort of going through an interesting phase, as people are realizing that there is more to beer than lagers and cream ale.  Small breweries are popping up all over the place and getting a little wild and experimental.  For you Yankees out there, here’s some perspective:  I’ve been told by about twenty people, brewers, bloggers and pub owners alike, that Ontario, if not all of Canada, right now is going through the same thing that the US did with craft beer in 1985-1990.  Needless to say, it’s interesting being on the ground floor when all this is going on and the next five years here are going to be pretty damn interesting.

And oh, yes.  I’m a woman.  If you think that’s weird at all I suggest you look up some of the history of beer and see who primarily made it.  Also stay tuned as I plan on talking a bit in a post about women in the beer industry.

So, yes.  If you want to read me learning about beer and letting out what I know without getting industry gossip heavy (“My GOD, did you HEAR what Joel said about the grain mills he goes to? GASP! And the seasonal Doppelbock is only two weeks away! SCANDAL!” Ugh), then this is the place for you.  My posting is slightly erratic, but I’m trying my best to bang a post out at least once a week.

Let’s get one thing straight here, I am not an expert on this subject.  I’m a knowledgeable beginner who is just starting to get her feet wet AT BEST.  But I do know a few key things and am eager to try as many different styles as I can

If you’re new to this site and don’t know where to begin, I suggest the Gateway Beers category and then go on exploring from there.

I’ve also made media appearances discussing beer at the following:

I was also a Finalist in SAVEUR MAGAZINE’S BEST FOOD BLOG AWARD in the category of Beer & Wine

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Some other info:

My e-mail: robin@thethirstywench.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thethirstywench

Twitter: @TheThirstyWench (links to new posts on this site)

Bio picture drawn by Dale O’Flaherty