OBA Judging

One of the perks about being in the Prud’homme program was being offered the opportunity to help out at the Ontario Brewing Awards judging held at the Beer Academy. Yes, it was work, pouring and setting out the beers in order then clearing, but it was also interesting to see how a BJCP judging is done. It was also a lot of fun to hang out with beer aficionados and taste the left overs. Some of the leftovers even followed me home *grin.

SOBDL’s First Bevy

bev·y, ˈbevē , noun a large group of people or things of a particular kind. Jen Shute, from Ltd Supply, and I were at The Hole in the Wall bar in the Junction one snowy night, talking about life, the universe and everything over a few beers, as one does when one is in a good bar with good beer and good company. She mentioned the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies during one of our conversational swings, and told me how her and four of her friends who work in the industry were starting up a tasting group with the first event …

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Fall Beer and Cider Fest

I’m going to have to revise my usual refrain of “I never win anything in contests”. Thanks to Canadian Beer News, I won two VIP tickets to the Fall Beer and Cider Fest at the Rhino! I took my friend Daniel, and we set ourselves at the bar to try some beer and cider, talk technology and generally kill a Sunday in a wonderful way. I started with the West Avenue Barrett Fuller’s Secret Bourbon-Barrel Aged Cider, and was very impressed. I’m not normally a big fan of ciders, but I did like the smooth warm notes that bourbon barrel imparted …

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Cask Days 2013

Cask Days 2013 is the first beer event I’ve gone to in about 8 years. The last one was at the Toronto Beer Festival when it was still at Old Fort York. I’d gone one year and had a great time with some friends tasting beer and enjoying the sunshine. The next year it should have been called Frat Boy Fest. I spent most of my time dodging drunken 20-somethings with 6-packs reconfigured as hats and avoiding the increasing puddles of sick as the afternoon went on. I didn’t go again. To quote Danny Glover’s character in Lethal Weapon, I …

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