Before I fell in love with the world of wine, beer was my beverage of choice. I had a couple of beer advocates as roommates in university and they helped expand my perspective and taught me that there was a world of beer beyond the limited flavours of mainstream lagers.
Soon I was drinking micro-brewed pale ales, German weisses and Belgian lambic beers. But the moment where things really clicked for me was over a pint of Church-
That beer was the Campbellford, Ontario brewery’s Holy Smoke Scotch Ale and it has since been joined by many other favourites from Ontario’s craft brewers. We at Spotlight Toronto plan on sharing many of these with you in our first 30 Days of Ontario Beer.
Having gone through growing pains, expansion and development over the past 30 years, Ontario’s craft brewing scene is more diverse and exciting than ever. To celebrate this Spotlight Toronto is putting together its first 30 Days of Ontario Beer. We’re planning to bring you stories of some of Ontario’s best crisp pilsners, hoppy ales, rich porters and the people who brew them. We’ll delve into some of the science behind beer to share with you some of the secrets of this often misunderstood beverage. Since good beer is made better with good food and vice versa we’ll be sharing some great food and beer matching tips and recipes. Given beer’s reputation as a social lubricant we’re planning to bring you a few rousing group discussions over a pint.
Exploring the world of Ontario craft beer is so much better when the experience is shared with friends so we’re hoping to bring you in on some of the fun. During our 30 Days of Local Beer we want you follow the Twitter hash tag #30DaysONbeer and chime in with your own thoughts.
Written by Mike Di Caro
Michael Di Caro covers all things vinous at Spotlight. His lover affair with Ontario wine began over a decade ago and he’s been in front of tasting bars trying to sweet talk staff into pouring a taste of a library wine or the latest unreleased bottle ever since. Since good wine can’t be made without great grapes, you can also catch him amongst the vines trying to persuade the winemaker into revealing his/her next big thing for you on Spotlight. His epicurean tendencies don’t just stop in the glass either. During the rest of his free time you can find him searching for the perfect bowl of Dan Dan noodles, exploring the city’s best tasting menus or baking cookies and mucking about in the kitchen.