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by Steve Beaumont
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Top selling beers around the world:
Replies: 22
Views: 5321

That data is antiquated: Blue hasn't been the best seller in Canada for some time. A couple of years ago, Bud took over as numero uno up here, and that was only recently eclipsed by...(drum roll, please)...

Coors Light!
by Steve Beaumont
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: stephen beaumont on brewing network
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Guilty as charged, gents. My apologies if I misrepresented.
by Steve Beaumont
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Get your beerbistro cookbook!
Replies: 10
Views: 3079

That's what happens when you sign with a publisher that shuts down operations not much more than a year after the book is published. *sigh*
by Steve Beaumont
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: R.I.P. Don Younger
Replies: 3
Views: 1732

Beer Advocate had his pic on the cover of their mag a while ago, and there was a lot of noise about "is this the image of craft you want to present?". Ironic, since the idea behind craft beer has always been substance over style. And while Don may not have had a ton of the latter -- save ...
by Steve Beaumont
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: R.I.P. Don Younger
Replies: 3
Views: 1732

R.I.P. Don Younger

I know there are at least a few on this board who have experienced the hospitality of the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon. Its owner, Don Younger, one of the earliest and truly great champions of good beer in the Pacific Northwest, and a hell of a nice guy besides, died early this morning. He wi...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Stout Irish Pub
Replies: 20
Views: 7063

Mill Street Original, Organic Lager, Creemore Springs,
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale, Steamwhistle,
Amsterdam Dark, Kawartha Lakes Raspberry Wheat,
Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat, Muskoka Cream Ale


I'm sorry, is it summer already?
by Steve Beaumont
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Heineken
Replies: 26
Views: 7205

That was something I heard as a bartender all too many times, Gary, "it's not skunkiness, it's the European hop taste." Which was bullshit. There is a reason Heineken failed utterly in its first two introductions as a draught beer 'round these parts: people used to the skunky flavour weren...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Heineken
Replies: 26
Views: 7205

This past summer,I had a business meeting in a place where the best beer available was a cold bottle of (non-skunky) Heineken. I asked for a glass, poured it and continued the meeting. About half-way through the glass I had to remark out loud, "I had forgotten what an astonishingly mediocre bee...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Alexander Keith's Harvest Ale
Replies: 38
Views: 11634

I did read your full blog post before replying, Chris, and thought it also had a bit of an air of apologia to it -- "coming from such a large brewery I’m honestly really happy with the product." But then again, I'm a notoriously hard marker. :)
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Alexander Keith's Harvest Ale
Replies: 38
Views: 11634

Shame on you, Chris! Qualifying a beer as being good "for something from brewery X' is the worst kind of apologetic beer reviewing. If it's good, it's good, no matter who brewed it, and if you'd give it a bad review were it from your favourite craft brewery, then you should give the same respon...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards
Replies: 60
Views: 11456

The average consumer is never going to know or hear about them. 'Tain't necessarily the case, Ralphus.The GABF awards are now used widely in marketing in the U.S., but breweries large and small alike. It's probably only a matter of time until the same thing happens here. (BTW, with over 70 brewerie...
by Steve Beaumont
Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards
Replies: 60
Views: 11456

Well put, Jordan.
by Steve Beaumont
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards
Replies: 60
Views: 11456

I am no great fan of the big breweries or their beers, however... 1) To say that something like Canadian or Blue is not true beer because it contains adjuncts or is high-gravity brewed or is simply not to a true beer drinker's taste is absurd. They are obviously beers and technically very good ones,...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Could Ontario Craft Brewers open their own store?
Replies: 30
Views: 7395

Way back when the Can-US free trade agreement was first signed, Stroh and, I think, Gallo posted a challenge to the Canadian system, which resulted in all sorts of changes nationwide, including the removal of the provision that a brewing company had to have a brewery in a province in order to sell t...
by Steve Beaumont
Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Microbrewery Feature
Replies: 137
Views: 52006

Duckdown, I wouldn't suggest intentionally aging any of the five special release beers, ie: keeping them for a year or more. That said, however, in cellar conditions none but the Blanche will have a problem lasting well up to 6 months and probably well beyond. (Being the lightest and most fragile, t...

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