Catching up

It’s been a while. I went to Hamilton yesterday to meet Renee and Robert at Merit Brewing, a new place in my old hometown. As we sat talking and drinking, I wondered why I’ve stopped writing. Other than captions on Instagram or Facebook, I haven’t played with words at all. My novel is languishing, I’m carrying around a notebook that is still empty 3 months after purchasing it (except for a grocery list), and the last post here was February. I can’t get back the time I’ve lost dicking around on social media, hitting refresh to see what I’m missing and …

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Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy is my first recipe at Magnotta, for their newly-launched growler line. I wanted to do a nice fruit beer for summer, and decided to do a cream ale with plums. Why plums? Because I didn’t see very many plum beers out there. I envisioned a nice, light, slightly fruity beer in a lovely shade of pink/purple, something refreshing for a summer day. I used one of the Festa Brew bases we make, a cream ale, because I wanted a solid base for the plums. The Festa kits are stable and make a solid background for experimentation (no, it’s …

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What happens when you get 600-ish women together to drink beer?

What happens is a very chill and relaxed event. No drama. No fights, no shrieking, no shenanigans. Just some lovely and wonderful women enjoying and talking about beer, far from the male gaze. The beer at this event was pretty delicious. My favourite was the Bonfire Porter from Muddy York – their regular porter with cocoa nibs, cinnamon and vanilla beans. Jenn Reinhart’s coconut porter was very good as well, and I was intrigued by the flavours the spent gin botanicals gave to Revel’s Spirit of the Woods cider.