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

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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An Ode to an Old Friend
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I lost one of my best friends last week. I know this is a site about beer (which has been a bit dormant the last few weeks), but I feel compelled to write about her. Plus I promise there is a beer connection at one point in the story. So bear with me. Her name [...]
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I’m Going on Hiatus, Here’s Why
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So I have an unexpected admission. Starting in January I will be taking a step back from my beer work for a year or so. I am choosing to take a rare and temporary job opportunity of which one of the consequences is that I have to give up my paid beer gigs, partly because [...]
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Sorry, Mickey, I’m Here for the Beer
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It’s funny, when you tell people you are going to Anaheim their first question is always “are you going to Disneyland?” That question makes sense to me if I said we were taking the kids to Anaheim. But in my case my spouse had a conference there and I decided to make the trek wi...
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Are We Reaching Peak Craft?
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Are We Reaching Peak Craft?
Is a day of reckoning coming for craft brewers? (photo courtesy cbc.ca) A CBC news article posted yesterday (read it here) looking at Alberta’s booming craft beer industry offers the take that Canada might be reaching the limits to its market reach. It quotes a business professor, Dr. Larry...
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Blinded by the Barrel Aging
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Blinded by the Barrel Aging
Barrel-aging can no longer be called the sexy new thing in beer. Almost every new brewery is trying their hands at it at least once in a while. But that doesn’t mean all are making the kind of quality consumers have come to expect from barrel-aged beer. The key is balance (like in so many [...
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The King of Bellwoods, No Doubt
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The King of Bellwoods, No Doubt
Photo courtesy Now Toronto Every Ahab has a Moby Dick. That extends to the beer world. My recent elusive target likely does not rate the tragedy of Captain Ahab, in particular because I was fine waiting, but this is a nice way to start a column about a hard-to-find beer. (Also Moby Dick is [...]
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