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

The Growlery Growls Out of the Gate
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The Growlery Growls Out of the Gate
There are a lot of new breweries opening in the province these days. Enough that I can’t really keep up. But I am trying to make sure I catch the ones opening in the Edmonton region – my home town and the anchor for my CBC Radio column. Speaking of my CBC column (see [...]
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Casking the Day Away
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Casking the Day Away
You had me at “Real Ale”. The annual Edmonton Beer Geek’s Anonymous Real Ale Festival took place last Saturday. After missing last year’s it was nice to make it back to my favourite party in a rink. (Really, it is always held in the rather low-key outdoor rink at Ritchie H...
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What’s Up in High River?
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What’s Up in High River?
Sometimes beer experiences start in the most unexpected of ways. Take a couple weekends ago for example. Somehow my family talked me into going to the Shady Acres Bluegrass Music Festival outside Nanton. You see, I hate bluegrass, being more of a punk, new wave kind of guy. But I love my family a...
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All About Sours
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All About Sours
My most recent CBC column took a long look at the world of sour beer. Sours are very popular these days – in particular various versions of Kettle Sours. This is all very cool and I am intrigued that beer consumers are embracing the very unusual flavours of sour beer. But I have noticed [...]
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Is There a Pale Lager Trend?
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My good friends at CBC seem to be doing a better job at posting my columns since my return. Not always right away, but at least they make it up at some point. Something that makes me quite happy. One of the most recent postings is my July 19 column, in which I discuss [...]
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What do Alberta’s Markup Changes Mean for the Industry?
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Yesterday, a sleepy Thursday afternoon in August, the Alberta government put out a press release announcing new changes to Alberta’s beer markup program, as reported by Canadian Beer News (here). They are yet to post the release on the government website. Clearly an indication they don̵...
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The Hammer’s Beer Revolution
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The mural at Collective Arts Brewing Last week I was in Hamilton for a few days, where I lived for a year while doing my Masters degree 15 years or so ago (God, I am old!). On this trip I was doing family stuff, so there wasn’t much time for beer, but I did [...]
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Some Unexpected Summer Beer
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Some Unexpected Summer Beer
A couple weeks back on the cusp of the August long weekend, I focussed my CBC beer column on some options for long weekend beer drinking. My goal was not to present the standard summer fare, such as fruit beer, hefeweizens and the like but to identify some unusual choices that people might enjoy....
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Why Beer Education Matters
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Why Beer Education Matters
I had a conversation recently with a well-known wine expert (I won’t name them as I didn’t ask for permission). We were talking about the restaurant culture in Western Canada. Both of us noted that one of the things that irks us is the lack of beverage education among servers. And by ...
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Getting Clear about Hazy Beer
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Getting Clear about Hazy Beer
I have been spending a fair bit of time recently thinking a lot about hazy beer. Why is it becoming such a thing? What makes for a good one? Where did it come from? My musings have resulted in a couple of outputs. One was a post I wrote recently offering my gentle criticism [...]
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