On Beer

I am the beer columnist for CBC Radio One's Edmonton afternoon show, Radioactive, for Vue Weekly magazine in Edmonton and for Planet S magazine in Saskatoon. Despite being a rather non-tech savvy guy, I realized the natural extension of my beer writing is to go online in some fashion. So onbeer.org is my attempt to offer my observations about beer, brewing and the beer industry to the world of the internet (whoever you are).

Recent Blog Posts

Tempt Yourself with The Temptress
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Tempt Yourself with The Temptress
A new seasonal from Medicine Hat’s Hell’s Basement is creating quite a stir, for the backstory, the label and the beer.With that combination how could I not write about it? The beer, The Temptress (de verleidster),is the product of a chance meeting between Hell’s Basement brewer...
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New Breweries and New Styles: A CBC Roundup
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New Breweries and New Styles: A CBC Roundup
The interior of Biera by Blind Enthusiasm Regular readers of this site will know that every second Friday I do a beer column on CBC Radio’s Edmonton afternoon drive show – RadioActive. One of my ongoing struggles is to get a copy of the column online so that I can post about it. I [...]
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Town Square Is Inviting the Townsfolk to Visit
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Town Square Is Inviting the Townsfolk to Visit
Town Square’s rustic main floor. Edmonton’s newest brewery is finally up and running. Town Square opened their doors officially a few weeks ago and have been introducing south Edmonton to their line-up of beer. Because the are so far south (at least for me) – they are just north...
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A Great Beer, That Fact is Kristall Clear
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A Great Beer, That Fact is Kristall Clear
Regular readers of this website know that I am a long time fan of Weihenstephaner. Not only are they the oldest brewery in the world (opening in 1040, believe it or not), but they produce some of the world’s finest German-style wheat beer. I have reviewed their products a number of times, i...
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Stealing a Sip of Prairie Pirate
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Stealing a Sip of Prairie Pirate
Ribstone Creek appears to be channeling their inner rustler with the recent release of Prairie Pirate. In what is actually a collaboration effort with Last Best Brewing in Calgary, Ribstone has woven an interesting tale around the creation of the beer. Ahead of the beer’s launch in mid-Octo...
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Inducements Remain Rampant in Beer Industry
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Inducements Remain Rampant in Beer Industry
It didn’t make the news, but back in August AB-Inbev was fined $200,000 for breaching the Liquor and Gaming Regulation. This was after receiving three warnings earlier in the year for similar breaches. Officially they were found in contravention of section 81(e) of the regulation. That sect...
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ASBA Receives Grant; Announces Alberta Beer Awards
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ASBA Receives Grant; Announces Alberta Beer Awards
ASBA Executive Director Terry Rock, Culture Minister Ricardo Miranda and Dandy Brewing co-owner Ben Leon celebrate a new grant. (Photo from government announcement) The Alberta government announced yesterday a $60,000 grant to the Alberta Small Brewers’ Association (ASBA) to help it build t...
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Vintage Fuller’s, No Doubt
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Vintage Fuller’s, No Doubt
I think I have mentioned in the past that I am quite good at identifying beer appropriate for aging and setting them aside in my cellar. However, I am lousy at pulling them back out again to actually consume. Meaning that I have a bursting cellar space which I must force myself occasionally to ru...
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It’s Alberta Beer Week!
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Today marks the launch of Alberta Beer Week 2017. For the next 9 days (yes, I know that is more than a week, relax) breweries and beer-oriented pubs and stores will be offering a range of events, discounts and profiles to mark the 3rd annual celebration of Alberta beer. The full schedule for the ...
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Citizen Pale Ale: A Full Moon Doppelganger?
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A couple weeks ago I picked up a couple packs from a new Calgary brewery, Citizen Brewing. (Yes, I know I haven’t done a profile on them yet. I apologize. Life is hard. I promise to get to it very soon.) Anyway, I opened their North West Pale Ale, and immediately recognized it. I knew [...]
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