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by Steve Beaumont
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Fame and Fortune for Your Beer Stash
Replies: 6
Views: 1620

Fame and Fortune for Your Beer Stash

No, not your wet moustache, your beer cellar! I need a hi-res pic of a well-maintained and organized beer cellar, with most if not all bottles standing rather than laying down. This would be for The World Atlas of Beer, to be published in a minimum of four languages and available around the world. I...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Bohemian Gastropub
Replies: 8
Views: 2814

You may scoff, but trust me, Moses' "quaffs" can indeed be quite intricate, and very tasty! Incidentally, the man knows his beer, too, so don't be surprised to see some decent taps and/or bottles being stocked. I expect this to be a great improvement on the Bohemian and a welcome yin to Fr...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Brewery of the Year
Replies: 25
Views: 5566

Good to see that my BotY post is generating discussion; better to see some people actually agreeing with me. :D To add a little to my already stated reasoning, Beau's was definitely another contender, as was the not-yet-mentioned King, which boasts as solid a stable of regular offerings as does any ...
by Steve Beaumont
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1990s Ontario Beer History!
Replies: 31
Views: 7738

I believe, after financial difficulty, the brands were bought by another brewer. Forget which one. I think the Dragon's Breathe Pale Ale was actually a brand of the Kingston Brewing Co (brewpub) that Hart brewed and bottled under contract. Yes, and also no. The Dragon's Breath brand was owned by th...
by Steve Beaumont
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1990s Ontario Beer History!
Replies: 31
Views: 7738

Achel didn't start brewing until the late 1990's, shortly after which Koningshoeven was denied permission to use the Trappist designation for a number of years, reverting the number of Trappist breweries to six. The Dutch monastery got its designation back in the early to mid 2000's sometime.
by Steve Beaumont
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1990s Ontario Beer History!
Replies: 31
Views: 7738

Here's another piece of history, from Niagara Falls Brewery, their beer brochure. http://bartowel.com/history/NFBrewery.pdf NF was truly ahead of their time in the Ontario market, as the beers listed in the brochure can attest. In fact, I still have a decade-old article up on Bar Towel: http://www....
by Steve Beaumont
Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1990s Ontario Beer History!
Replies: 31
Views: 7738

The Summit was one of my earlier consulting gigs, Cass. The manager at the time is now a partner in FAB, who I just helped open Against the Grain. Ah, memories... :lol:
by Steve Beaumont
Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: SteelBackGuy's comments from locked thread
Replies: 87
Views: 16104

It drives me crazy that the labels for KBS, and now CBS, don't even tell you what the damn letters mean. And by "crazy" I mean slightly bothered before I forget all about it 10 seconds later. I'm not sure about KBS, but CBS is so called because of the legal implications of them putting &q...
by Steve Beaumont
Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1990s Ontario Beer History!
Replies: 31
Views: 7738

Fascinating piece of Ontario beer history, Cass. Interesting to see the amount of detail the Board supplied at the time, even discussing the effect of Brett and naming the hop varieties used in St. Bernardus 6. Note the named importer of Duvel at the time: Bill Wickham. Perhaps not quite the Charles...
by Steve Beaumont
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Pliny The Elder
Replies: 16
Views: 4735

Word!! But fresh Pliny > fresh home-brewed IPA usually :-) I am not joking at all when I say that a good homebrewed IPA will almost always be better than a commercial IPA. That's a ridiculous thing to suggest, Mark, since the number of variables involved are stupidly high, beginning with the skill ...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: [Sigh...] Hi Beppi
Replies: 11
Views: 3235

Some kristalls will show a protein haze, Joe, although it is much more common in Belgian-style wheats. I've known versions of the latter style to be centrifuged for yeast removal and still come out very cloudy, the unmalted wheat they call for tending to throw much more protein haze than does the ma...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: And this is why...
Replies: 20
Views: 4796

Not to sound like a hippie capitalist (oxymoron?), but why can't we just all get along and let the best products win? Why is it SO wrong to create a level playing field for these products to be sold AND allow the tax man to get his "fair share"? Choir, preacher. Preacher, choir. But serio...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: [Sigh...] Hi Beppi
Replies: 11
Views: 3235

I read the print version yesterday and didn't think it was too bad an article. He got the cloudiness from protein haze part right, which most people miss. The tasting notes, on the other hand, had me cocking my head. Clove in Blanche de Chambly? Banana in Hoegaarden? Everyone's taste buds are differ...
by Steve Beaumont
Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Flying Monkeys Alpha Fornication
Replies: 37
Views: 9550

Not sure if you're referring at all to my turn in The Star, Len, but I'll defend all my quotes from that story . I believe the creation of that beer is marketing over brewing, and I also think it's great that Ontario brewers are starting to work outside of their comfort zones. And I hope it doesn't ...

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