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…

So I’m a SAVEUR BEST FOOD BLOG AWARD Finalist Now

Well, this was a bit of a shock. I got nominated to be in the running for Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards in the Wine & Beer category and the editors picked me as one of the six finalists. From NOW until MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY APRIL 19TH (this Friday), the site is open for…

Welcome 680 News Listeners!

Hey there! For those who were directed here by the first of several spots on Toronto 680 News, WELCOME! For those who didn’t know, well, I’m on there! Here is the audio to the segment! If you are interested at all in the Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout, here is my review on it…

Happy 2013

Brooklyn Oktoberfest did a good job of welcoming me in to the New Year. Matched quite well with crackers, onion and 4 year-old white cheddar. Happy 2013, darlings.

And That’s 2012 Done

First, just want to say that my time at Rogers Daytime Toronto yesterday was, as always, amazing. To my surprise I was given 10.5 minutes to talk about as much of the seasonal beer stuff that was going on and, despite feeling as I always do, that I stumbled through it and came out looking…

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Call Out for Contributors

Most people have one. A favourite bar. It can either be a local pub or somewhere a bit out of the way but you always find yourself there if the choice is yours. The staff know you by name because you’ve been going there for years either regularly or on and off and, depending on…

Sex, Brains & Money

I keep wanting to start posts of my appearances by saying “Hey Vern, I’m on TV!” but no. I mustn’t. So on Friday I was a guest on the second episode of Nikki Thomas’ show Sex, Brains & Money (official site coming soon), which is streamed on livestream. Basically I was talking a bit about my…

Rogers Daytime Toronto – 2nd Appearance Recap

So! Exciting day! I was asked to come back on Daytime Toronto today to talk about some heat-busting local beers. Like the last time, I had a blast and the host Glenn Dixon, asked some great questions and told me that he learned a lot about how diverse beer was. By the end I was…

Hey Vern, I’m on TV!

Phew! Just got back from my guest appearance on Rogers Daytime Toronto! That 8 minutes went by too fast, but I was able to showcase some amazing beers and talk a little about myself in the process. And host Val Cole was wonderful, professional and helped me, who has never been on television before, get…