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Media coverage for my first book, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. Amanda Scriver – blogTO – The top 10 cookbooks in Toronto – May 10, 2014. Jamie Drummond – Good Food Revolution – Craft Beer Cookbook – March 28, 2014. Schoolhouse Booze – David Ort, Foodie PhD. – March 25, 2014. Bellwoods Brewery – Recommended Reads – March 7, 2014. Laura Brehaut – – Ingredient of the week: Cabbage – February 26, 2014. Kerry Clare – – Fight the Blahs With Butter Beer From The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook – February 13, 2014. Laura Brehaut – & […]

Film Review: A look at the ambitious craft beer documentary Blood, Sweat, & Beer

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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 […]

Benchmarking craft beer prices in Ontario

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Just like every other system, the LCBO and Beer Store duopoly has its pluses and minuses. It’s worth noting that getting Ontarians a comparatively good price on certain craft beers – especially classic, but high production Belgians like Rochefort 8 and Chimay Blue – is one of the appreciated up-sides. It’s also clear from sales data, conversations I’ve had with employees, and rough observation that the LCBO has devoted a big chunk of its selection of the past couple years to new Ontario beers. If “supporting local” is a priority for you, then this should make you smile, at least begrudgingly. As […]

Cooking with Canadian Craft Beer at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

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What: An evening of food stations paired with craft beer and hosted by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse foundation. Jordan St. John and I will talk briefly about the basics of cooking with craft beer and also the historical connection between Enoch Turner and brewing in Toronto. Where: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, 106 Trinity St., Toronto When: 15 October, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Other Details: I will be selling (cash or credit) and signing copies of my cookbook. Tickets: $40 includes five beer and five food samples. Buy tickets here.

Ontario Craft Beer Road Trip

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A distinctive feature of any craft beer is that the personal touch of its brewer tends to be quite obvious. In the past few years, more and more Ontarians have joined the club of brewers, adding their own signature to the local beer scene. In Toronto, beer drinkers have an exciting number of opportunities to taste the interesting new lagers, porters and ales being produced outside the city, but there’s not nearly enough retail space for those of us looking to purchase more than a pint or two at a restaurant. That’s a compelling reason, I think, to pack the […]

Where Essential Drinks - Beer

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Like their wine-pouring and cocktail-slinging compatriots, Toronto’s brewmasters, restaurateurs, and chefs have built our city into one of Canada’s fastest growing destinations for craft beer. No longer beholden to big-name corporate breweries, imbibers are now spoiled for choice when it comes to artisan suds. But what exactly is craft beer? Must it be brewed on a small scale? Must it be locally produced? Does it demand the use (or absence) of particular ingredients? The answers to these questions are varied, and are best discovered by ordering up a pint or two. This article was published in the 2013-14 edition of […]