Welcome to the site. My name is David Ort. I am a freelance writer and editor in Toronto.
I create written and visual content for editorial and corporate clients. My work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications
Food, drink, and travel have been my all-consuming obsessions since I started blogging in February 2009. In the past five years I have been lucky enough to find a home for my writing in such publications as Post City Magazines, Where Toronto, TorontoLife.com, and Food Bloggers of Canada.
In October 2013 my first book, a collection of original recipes featuring craft beer, was published by Whitecap Books. Since then I have had a blast introducing audiences to my recipes, chatting about their love for great beer, and meeting the brewers who make our favourite beverage.
The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook (Whitecap) is my first cookbook. Great beer meets geeky cooking.
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Craft beer has reached its people-make-documentaries-about-it phase. The latest, Blood, Sweat, & Beer, follows two East Coast US craft breweries through their particular existential struggles. Blood, Sweat, & Beer won’t do for craft beer what The Endless Summer did for surfing or Easy Rider did for drugs, but it is a well-made and intriguing look at the booming industry. This documentary about the business side of brewing, directed and written by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, takes a snapshot of the current state of affairs. Interestingly, they use two little-known and new breweries, Danny Robinson’s Shorebilly Brewing [spoiler alert: don’t click that link] and The Brew Gentlemen […]
I really dig talking about beer – especially with fellow beer writers. So, it’s been a great pleasure to make several guest appearances on this year’s round of OCB podcasts. For the 2015 slate, Mirella Amato, the show’s longtime host, has come up with a format that varies from the previous years’ formula of having two brewmasters on for an interview. Instead she has invited a pair of beer bloggers to join her in the studio each month and we’ve talked about and blind tasted a specific style of craft beer. All four of my trips to podcast land (we […]
I did a just-the-facts story on Premier Wynne’s beer in grocery stores announcement for the day job at Post City. It’s a complicated situation (intentionally, I think), so I have decided to also put together a blog post to cover some depth, subjective impressions from the press conference and my commentary. First, I’ll say that Kathleen Wynne is a politician who seems to be both charismatic and solid on policy. Ed Clark, as a former bank CEO (not to mention designer of the NEP in his previous career as a civil servant), was more than qualified for his role leading […]
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My work that has been published recently.
Ideas I’ve Been Obsessed with for Long Enough That They Became a Video
A three-minute video takes a vastly largely time commitment than a 750-word blog post. (At least for me it does.) That means that the projects that make it as far as published video are the special ones that have been percolating as ideas for weeks.
This one is a trailer that my buddy, Suresh Doss, made for my cookbook.More Videos →