IPA or India Pale Ales are arguably one of the more popular styles of beer and are often credited with helping to kick off the craft beer movement. The exact origin of this style is murky, both in the naming and whether or not is was discovered or simply evolved from its predecessors (like a lot of other styles).
The name probably developed over a length of time after pale ales began shipping to India with one of the earlier references being pale ale for sale in India.
But, it is widely thought that the name’s origins lay somewhere in…
Recently two people I’d never met were put in touch with me to talk money. Not mine, of course. They had upcoming interviews at different breweries. Each knew they wanted to work as a beer sales rep, but didn’t quite know how much compensation they should ask for.
The short answer is that brewery jobs and incomes vary widely. Typical salary/commission models will get you from $20k to $70k+ in lucrative markets. Most of us end up in the $38k-$50k range.
These are estimates. Few reps talk openly about their earnings (myself included), and every brewery does things a bit…
Grapefruit. Pine. Pepper. Tomato leaves. Mint. Cherries. Leather. Cat urine. Fresh-cut grass. Dirt.
The smells and tastes of the world’s hops — the leafy humulus lupus — can be described in curious terms. This is especially true for hops fresh off the bine. Fresh or ‘wet’ hops are often used to infuse a beer with subtle aromatics and earthy flavours stripped from dried hop pellets. I wanted to know more about where these aromas were born.
By Tyler Turek
Craft beer has a literature problem. While blogs, rating sites, recipe books and ‘how to’ guides abound, there are very few non-fiction narrative books about beer — particularly in Canada.
I should clarify what I mean by ‘literature’: books that tell the personal, social or political stories of craft beer. It can be a history or an autobiographical journey. Full chapters and paragraphs that follow a narrative arc.
The type of literature I’m discussing is not The Beer Bible or Randy Mosher’s essential Tasting Beer. Nor is the excellent Ontario Craft Beer Guide by Jordan St. John…
While it can be often nice to play it safe when you grab for a cold one, the summer should be more about adventure and finding something new. While trying new beers is not the most adventurous thing in the world, it is likely the most fun and therefore best place to start! Here are our top 5 choices for unique and hard to find beers for you to discover this summer.
Style: Gose ABV: 4.9%
A gose style of beer is an unfiltered wheat beer that is usually quite crisp with a bit of a sour undertone. They have…
Despite the harsh cold winters that we experience here in Ontario, our summers seem to be no better and it can sometimes feel like we are living in a perpetual sauna. Whether you are having fun at the cottage, socializing at an evening BBQ, or just kicking back after a hard day’s work you can always rely on a cold beer to cool you off. Here are our top five go-to beers to keep you refreshed this summer (In no particular order).
Style: Session IPA, ABV: 4.5%, IBU’s: 25
Starting off this list is a classic craft beer, Golden Beach…
On a hot, muggy Saturday, I found myself once again pouring beer for thousands of people. The story is a familiar one. Even to those outside the craft beer industry, countless food and beverage lovers have worked as events staff. Our experiences are comparable — line-ups, hours in uncomfortable conditions, chance encounters, surly customers, product explosions, and amazing times. It’s what unites us. And keeps us coming back for more.
11:15am, Saturday — It’s day two of our local “Beer & BBQ show” in London. It’s a popular destination on Father’s Day weekend. Our team set up our booth yesterday…
Last week the Government of Ontario announced 76 new grocery stores will be licensed to sell beer & wine. This number puts the total at over 200 stores. What does this mean for you, the craft beer consumer?
There are some perks. More shelf space for some of your favourite brands, for instance. Maybe a local grocery chain is more convenient for you.
Yet it will not solve most problems for curious craft drinkers like you and I. Here are four reasons why I am not as convinced of the benefits.
Beer is alive — it never stops evolving. Its life cycle from grain to gullet leaves only a brief window when the brew tastes its best. Unlike wine, most beers do not improve with age. They are meant to be consumed FRESH after packaging. Not before, and certainly not long afterward.
Recently I popped open an IPA brewed last August. It had been kept in my cool cellar. Aromas of rancid citrus and wet cardboard attacked my olfactory senses. I’ve also had some nasty bottles and pints at establishments that do not take great pride in their “beverage portfolio.” …
From management and packaging to sales and delivery, women are working hard in all sectors of the craft beer industry. They also drink tons of it!
I’ve met dozens of awesome beer-loving women in my work. But rarely do I ask them about their perspectives and challenges.
What’s it like being a lady in a male-dominated industry? This month I sat down with Sara Crombez and Tricia DeSando, sales reps from Forked River Brewing Co., to get their thoughts on the matter.
How did you get into the craft beer industry?
Sara: To be honest, I wasn’t really into it…