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…

International Women’s Day

So today is International Women’s Day. Although it’s something we should be doing all year-round anyways, this day in particular allows us to look at and honour all of the females that are extremely important to us and have been, in their own amazing ways, making a hell of a dent in things. For the…

Beer Nog, Holiday Message, and Good Tidings

Well, it’s that time of year again, where a bearded fat man, in celebration of Jesus, breaks in to your house in the middle of the night, eats your food, and leaves a few things before moving on to the next house. For others who don’t recognize this bizarre annual disturbance, it is also the…

The Beer Experience Toronto Beer Week Giveaway Extravaganza!

  Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you like beer? Do you like beer events? Do you like said beer events taking place in churches built in 1871 that have been renovated in to a rather spacious, lovely event space? Do you like all of that to take place in Toronto before everything gets underway with…

So I’m a SAVEUR Magazine Best Food Blog Awards Winner

  Well. Uh. Wow. So as you recall, I recently got nominated for the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards in the category of Beer & Wine. I was up against some very talented writers and was… Ah the hell with this, I WON! I won. Reader’s Choice. I feel weird saying it. I’m still…

The Thirsty Wench Turns 3

I started The Thirsty Wench for a number of reasons. The first was to create a kind of journal of what I was learning in the world of beer while at the same time showing my friends, who at that point were sending me e-mails at 3am with a pdf of the menu of a bar they…

So I’m A SAVEUR Best Food Blog Awards Finalist…uh…again!

This is a bit late, since I’ve been dealing with computer troubles and catching up on things with a clunky mobile unit, but…earlier this week the nominees for Saveur Magazine’s 5th Annual Best Food Blog Awards were announced and yours truly is a finalist in the category of Wine & Beer! I’m really honoured to…

2014! New Sights! New Sounds! New Beers!

Argh. Yes. Hello! Hi! Hi. Happy 2014! A brand new year with glorious, nearly infinite possibilities! My holidays were pretty wonderful. Spent them all at the family cottage in Muskoka with only mobile internet for basic e-mail/social media needs and that was it. I ate a lot of food, consumed a lot of tea, started…

Hey Now!

I think there’s a good chance that some of you are here after seeing Now Magazine’s article “Breaking the (beer)glass ceiling” in their spectacular Toronto Beer Guide put together by the equally spectacular Sarah Parniak. I’m in there with Mary-Beth Keefe from Granite Brewery and Mirella Amato from Beerology, both fantastic, world-class folks who you should…

Settling In

Sorry for the lack of updates on here, folks. My dayjob office moved house so packing up/throwing out nearly 20 years worth of stuff along with helping the boss with the transition of working solo has been taking up…well, ALL of my freakin’ time. Well, that and looking for new work. So just settling in…