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The Friday Pint: Ontario’s liquor law changes will leave micro-brew fans out again(1)

March 20, 2015

For most of my life, I lived in Ontario — and for most of that time, I lived in the bedroom communities just east of Toronto. Of course, for all of that time, there were really only a couple of choices when it came to purchasing beer. Either I went to The Beer Store, where the selection was mostly… Read More ›

Beer In Canada will return after these messages

Things have been quiet around here lately. It’s certainly not for lack of news, though. The Canadian beer industry is bubbling over with news of new beers, new breweries and the various issues and challenges everyone — from brewers to beer drinkers — is currently facing. But we’ve been, sadly, dead quiet. Sure, a post… Read More ›

Ontario Craft Beer Week logo

Dude, where’s the beer event?

Coincidentally, I find myself in the Greater Toronto Area this week — just as Ontario Craft Beer Week is getting going and beer lovers all across the province are heading down to their local pubs and breweries for a variety of events. Or so goes the theory. The note I shot off via Twitter yesterday… Read More ›

Where has Beer In Canada been?

If you’ve been following Beer In Canada for awhile, you may have noticed there has been zero new content since the beginning of March. BiC has been an unfortunate victim simply due to lack of time as I have been focused on learning skills for a new business venture (no, it has nothing to do… Read More ›

When being clever crosses a line

Breweries can get pretty creative when naming their beers, and many of them run a fine line between clever and trademark or copyright infringement. And now it looks like one brewery south of the border has run into legal problems because of what seemed like a clever name for an imperial IPA. New Orleans-based NOLA… Read More ›

2012: The year of the micro-brewery?

If 2012 was the year that craft brewing really came into its own, what does 2013 have in store for the beer world? Canada saw the launch of several new micro-breweries, brewpubs and even a handful of nano-breweries. At the same time, the big boys increasingly moved into the micro space with the launch of… Read More ›

Beer In Canada revisits Toronto

Just as I thought I’d finally been able to mesh regular Beer In Canada postings with the rest of my schedule, I hopped on a plane. Soon after, I was running around the Greater Toronto Area visiting with friends, family and colleagues. And the Beer In Canada site went quiet. Since arriving in what I’ve… Read More ›

A slight detour to Manhattan

For six months, I hadn’t left the North. Living in Fort Smith since March, I’d only travelled to Hay River to the west once in the spring and then a weekend trip to the Folk on the Rocks music festival in Yellowknife in July. Without a pub in town, I took full advantage of being… Read More ›

The signs of autumn are here

As the summer heat fades into autumn cool and we exchange our shorts and T-shirts for jeans and jackets, one sign amongst beer geeks that autumn is upon is the appearance of pumpkin beers on the shelves of our local beer and liquor stores. It’s almost become a tradition for the beer geek, now tiring… Read More ›

Ode to 75 Victoria St., Toronto

The first time I ever visited 75 Victoria St., it was the home of Denison’s, but I knew the place as Growler’s — a happenin’ brewpub with an excellent selection of draught beers and a bustling after-work crowd. When it vanished, it left a vacant hole in the centre of Toronto beer geekdom, but in… Read More ›