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

R.I.P. Bottles: Why Cans Are Taking Over The Craft Beer World
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This is one of those stories that is part-COVID-19 and part-longer term trend. We have all seen the shift craft breweries in this part of the world have been making to cans. That has been taking place for the past... Continue Reading →
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Alberta’s Taprooms and Brewpubs Can Open Thursday. Will They?
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News came last week that brewery taprooms and brewpubs (along with other licensees except nighclubs) will be included in the first phase of the Alberta government COVID-19 re-opening strategy, with restrictions. This news came as a bit of a surprise... Continue Reading →
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Cheers From Afar: A Socially Distant Beer Conversation
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A couple weeks ago I sat down (virtually) with Dalen Landis of Grain Bin Brewing in Grande Prairie. During the COVID crisis, he has been doing a series of informal conversations with various local personalities (including the Mayor!), people with... Continue Reading →
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What to Make of the Hard Seltzer Craze?
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As will surprise no one, I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to fads and crazes in the beer world. I am old enough to have seen quite a few of them and so usually need to... Continue Reading →
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Exploring the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail
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Recently, before the world went to pieces over COVID-19, my wife and I took a trip to B.C.’s Sunshine Coast to escape Edmonton’s interminable winter. We have been to that part of the country a few times – we quite... Continue Reading →
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Caravel Shuts Brewery, Hopes to Contract Core Brands
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A few weeks ago there were rumours flying around the Alberta beer industry that Calgary brewery Caravel Brewing had closed its taproom and the future of the brewery was in doubt. Then the COVID crisis hit and that story quickly... Continue Reading →
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The State of Canada’s Beer Industry (According to the Big Boys)
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Earlier this week (April 15, 2020), Beer Canada, the beer industry trade and lobby organization, released its annual Industry Trends 2019 report. The statistical report offers up a snapshot of where beer in Canada is sitting. Sort of. I normally... Continue Reading →
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A Little Alberta Beer Award Number Crunching
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I have had a bit of time in the couple of days following the announcement of the 2020 Alberta Beer Award winners, which you can find here, to do something of an historical analysis of the first three years of... Continue Reading →
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2020 Alberta Beer Awards Winners Announced
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Tonight, via internet livestream, the winners of the 2020 Alberta Beer Awards were announced. The big winners were Cabin Brewing and Alley Kat Brewing, but there was plenty of celebration to go around. Forty-eight different breweries won medals, showing an... Continue Reading →
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AGLC Frees Up Contract Brewing
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Late last week the AGLC released a Bulletin (which you can read here) making some amendments to their Liquor Manufacturer Policy. The big news is a relaxing of rules around contract brewing. The timing of the changes is a bit... Continue Reading →
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