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

Talking Dog Makes Some Noise in Spruce Grove
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It is hard to open a brewery. Imagine opening one during a pandemic. There have been a few brave souls in Alberta who have done just that in the past year or so. One of them is Spruce Grove’s first... Continue Reading →
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From Stubbies to Tall Boys: Why Economics Drives the Evolution of Packaging
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I am going to say something unpopular here. I don’t like beer in cans. It’s not that I think the beer in the cans tastes bad – I know cans don’t alter the flavour. I just don’t like cans. Never... Continue Reading →
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Stay Tuned for a Return to Regularly Scheduled Programming
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It has been a bit quiet around onbeer.org lately. And for that I apologize. I blame my day job. Really. I am aware it has been about two months since I posted original content. During that time work has been... Continue Reading →
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Is Superflux Really So Super?
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Like many I heard the buzz around Superflux’s arrival in Alberta. I know they had many demands of local retailers. They picked who got the beer. The store had to keep the beer in cold storage at all times. They... Continue Reading →
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Aged Orval: Tasting the Sublime
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Sometimes my cellar hoarding works out well. I am quick to put new beer into my personal cellar to age them out for a while. But I really struggle to find appropriate moments when I can justify pulling them out... Continue Reading →
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Take Your Stupid Lentils and Put Them … In Your Beer
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What on earth would inspire someone to put lentils in beer? Who would do such a crazy thing? It turns out Regina’s Rebellion Brewing, that’s who. When I first heard about their lentil beer I was instantly curious. Lentils seems... Continue Reading →
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Arcadia Forges Ahead in Challenging Times
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It is hard to open a new brewery at the best of times. How about opening a brewpub during the COVID-19 pandemic? That is exactly what Darren McGeown found himself doing last fall with the opening of Arcadia Brewing Company.... Continue Reading →
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Cracking Open the Cronk Mystery
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I know I am more than a little late to the Cronk party. It is long gone from the shelves But I thought I would weigh in on Cold Garden Brewery’s internationally famous Cronk beer, anyway. Over the holidays I... Continue Reading →
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A Commonwealth is Formed
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There is a new empire in the province and it is one that I think most craft beer consumers will be happy to obey. Craft Beer Commonwealth (CBC) is a new and creative beer project that both shows the growing... Continue Reading →
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Who Brews What in Canada? Regional Style Differences
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Canadian craft beer fans have long had pet theories about regional differences in the craft beer industry. B.C. is reputed to be a province of hopheads, while Atlantic Canada is supposedly more influenced by traditional British styles. And so on.... Continue Reading →
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