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

Why, Oh Why, Did I Do That?
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Why, Oh Why, Did I Do That?
The evidence of my stupidity Sometimes you can only look at yourself in the mirror and say “you are an idiot”. In this particular story, I am not sure who was the bigger idiot, 2019 Jason or 2010 Jason. What am I talking about? I am talking about a beer I never should have [...]
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Misgivings about the Haze Craze
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Misgivings about the Haze Craze
Embrace the Haze, they say… Last week I did my regular CBC Radioactive column on the craze that is hazy beer. As my friends at CBC are still not posting my segments online (an ongoing frustration for me) I thought I would expand a bit on my thoughts in that column. Most readers of [...]
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The Times They Are a Changin’: Minhas Joins ASBA Board
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The Times They Are a Changin’: Minhas Joins ASBA Board
Minhas Brewing Calgary CEO Manjit Minhas The Alberta Small Brewers Association (ASBA) announced in their newsletter last week that Manjit Minhas, the sister half of the sibling duo behind Minhas Brewing, has joined the ASBA Board of Directors. I would be lying to you if I said that I wasn’t...
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Dueling Liquor Store Videos Tell Half Truths
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Dueling Liquor Store Videos Tell Half Truths
The Beer Store has launched a campaign featuring Glen Howard (pictured) taking aim at liberalized beer retail You may have seen or heard about the recent The Beer Store (TBS) campaign arguing against selling beer in grocery and convenience stores. A website (here) and a series of videos featuring...
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What’s Happening In Alberta’s Beer Industry?
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What’s Happening In Alberta’s Beer Industry?
As I have been slowly working my way back into the beer world (and real life), I have been asked two questions countless times. “Why do you think Alberta beer is exploding?” And, “Are we going to max out?” The first question requires a longer response than I wish to do at ...
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I’m Back Beer Fans!
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I’m Back Beer Fans!
Jason Foster back doing what he loves best – judging beer Well, lookee here – who is long back from the dead? Okay maybe not dead, but this website has been pretty dormant for quite a while. The last post was over 15 months ago, long enough to make most regular readers wander [...]
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Alberta Beer Awards Full of Surprises
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The view from the stage at the Alberta Brewing Awards ceremony Last night was the awards ceremony for the first annual Alberta Beer Awards. And what a night it was! The Alberta Small Brewers Association really went all out, turning the event into an Oscars-style gala. The venue, the historic and ...
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Observations on the First Alberta Beer Awards
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Judging stouts (that’s me on the second from the right) Judging has wrapped up for the first annual Alberta Beer Awards. Over two weekends some of Alberta’s most experienced judges and industry representatives judged over 300 Alberta craft beer from 57 breweries. I couldn’t part...
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A Beer By Any Other Name
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There are different reasons why I try a beer. Maybe it is something I have been looking forward to. Maybe it is a rare offering that I can’t pass up, or something brand new to the market. Or, sometimes, I just take a flyer for no reason. And then there are the quirky reasons that [...]
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Zundert Breaks All the Trappist Rules
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It will come as no surprise to any of my readers that I am a huge fan of Trappist Beer. The complex, subtle offerings from what I lovingly call The Drunk Monks are some of the most carefully crafted beer on the planet. There are only 11 breweries on the planet that get to call [...]
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