Session Toronto 2013

  Well now. Session. This past Saturday was the Session Craft Beer Festival, which is more or less an after party to the Ontario Craft Beer Week festivities. Last year featured some of the best and brightest breweries from all over Ontario showcasing special one-offs and this year was no different. The festival included a…

CURRENTLY DRINKING: Eephus by Left Field Brewery

Left Field is a new brewery out of Toronto (though currently contracting out of Grand River Brewing in Cambridge). As you can probably guess from their name, they are Baseball themed, which goes well with baseball season arriving soon. Started by Niagara College brewing program graduate Mark Murphy and his wife Mandie, their first offering is…

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…

It’s Over – The Westvleteren XII Craze

Well. Wow. So. For those not in the know, the very rare and (supposedly) best beer in the world was released in Ontario LCBOs today. Westvleteren XII, previously only available in the St Sixtus Abbey in Belgium, upped production and came out with limited box sets in order to raise funds for renovations to the abbey and…

Cask Days 2012

Have to say, that was one enjoyable Cask Days. Some quirks were expected, as the festival moved from the smaller Hart House to the bigger and better Evergreen Brick Works and added on an extra third session. The biggest problem was that nearly half of the 100 or so casks went empty at the third…

The World Atlas of Beer

Imagine my surprise on Wednesday when, after a long first day back at the office and deciding on heading to my favourite after work pub Barhop, that it turns out there was a book signing going on for Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb‘s highly anticipated new book The World Atlas of Beer. The book, which…

Session 99

I made it out for the first session at Session 99 Craft Beer Festival, the grand event that capped off Ontario Craft Beer Week. Many breweries came out with some amazing one-offs and drinks I’ve never tried before. Spearhead, Sawdust City Brewery and Bellwoods Brewery were by far my favourite breweries of the day. Spearhead…

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…