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”…

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…

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…

Reading with The Wench: The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer Review

Imagine my face when I saw, several months after I had set up this site, that there was a Beer Wench in America? To say that Ashley Routson (aka The Beer Wench) is a social media savvy beer educator is almost a disservice. She’s one of the original beer bloggers and probably the most savvy…

The Blood of Cthulhu – A Lovecraftian Beer Review

So before I go in to it here, I should offer some explanation. I was offered to sample a beer for consideration of a review and, based on the name and label design, I immediately said yes. The beer is called The Blood of Cthulhu. It’s put out by Sawdust City Brewing Co. from Gravenhurst,…

Ü Two Should Meet – Chocolate & Beer Pairings

It was my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary recently. As a celebration, a family friend sent over a box of chocolates that were, to put it mildly, a decadent experience that transported us all to Cloud 9. Rich, smooth, creamy, and bursting with flavour, we vowed never to get celebration chocolates from the grocery store again….

Make it Schnappy: Bierschnaps

So, full disclosure, I had originally written this post a few months ago with the intention of it going up on another site. Unfortunately, due to editorial problems it was left on the shelf. After breaking my ties with the site, I then decided it would be such a waste to keep this post sitting…

Toronto Beer Week 2013

Man, even though my Toronto Beer Week ended a bit early and I didn’t go to nearly as many events as some people did, I find myself still wiped out a week later. For those not involved, Toronto Beer Week is similar along the lines of Canadian Music Week, Fashion Week or the little known…