Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

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Every year, I find myself increasingly puzzled by the spittle-flecked rage that pumpkin beers bring out in the beer nerderati. Yes, they hog the limelight and taste more like pumpkin pie than beer, but who cares? Hasn’t the longform motto of craft beer always been something like “we’ll let them have their swill while we… 

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New Products at Grocery Innovations Canada

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I really like being asked to sit on judging panels. Maybe I'm just judgmental by nature or maybe I appreciate the reminder of those high school classes when the teacher ceded the conch to the boys and let us mark each other. Either way, I was pleased when the folks at Butter PR asked if I would… 

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Would a Drake by Any Other Name…

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Word choice matters quite a bit in restaurant writing. That applies especially to two particular situations that were brought to mind by a recent new restaurant visit. The Drake has opened an outpost in Prince Edward County and were kind enough to invite me (and a few other food writers) out for the day last… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: New Brewery Profile – Innocente Brewing Company

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‚ÄčThe newest entry in southwestern Ontario's cadre of up-and-coming craft brewers has 20 years of brewing experience (in one form or another), has brewed commercially on two continents, and did his postdoc research with yeast. This spring, Steve Innocente opened Innocente Brewing Company on Northfield Drive East in Waterloo. Out of the gates, Innocente focused… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Ontario Beer The Book

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They had beer in Ontario before the 1970s? Obviously, that's a facetious question, but the time before microbreweries, at the height of beer consolidation in the 1970s is usually set as the starting point for discussing the current state of Ontario's favourite alcoholic drink. At the same time it is useful to remember that we're on… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Brewery Only Beer

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Summer weather brings a noticeable increase in how much beer we consume and also our willingness to travel to get it. No longer trapped in our driveways by drifts of snow, we'll even venture as far as Guelph, Muskoka or Niagara for a brewery visit and a good bottle of beer.  The best that can be… 

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Pommies Apple Tree Giveaway

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At a recent cider tasting hosted by the LCBO, many superlative statistics about the growth of Ontario's cider market were thrown about. My eyes opened widest though at the one that demonstrates how much room there is left for expansion. For every 100 pints of beer consumed in Canada, we knock back one of cider. In Ireland that… 

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