Clearing out the homebrew

I took stock of my cellar* the other day, and found a few old orphan bottles of homebrew. I haven’t been drinking much at home lately other than some shower beer lagers from work, so have been bringing them to friends’ places for testing. Blood Orange Saison I made this back in March 2016. I was quite proud of it when I made it – it had no discernible off-flavours, was quite effervescent, and the blood orange flavour was subtle but present. I was fully expecting it to be oxidized and awful after almost a year and a half, but …

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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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Brew Slam

It’s that time again. GTA Homebrew Club’s annual competition is even bigger this year, with a record number of entries. I volunteered to judge a few sessions because 1) it’s fun, 2) I need the practice and 3) it was held at Amsterdam which is around the corner from me. I have learned to abstain from anything IPA-ish as my system gets a tad bitter when exposed to too much bitterness, and I judged some English and German categories. I was distracted at one point when I saw my beer, a Lychee Gose,  poured at the next table. It was …

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Learn 2 Brew

My friend Virginie and I had been batting the idea of a women’s only learn to brew event around for a while, and after a conversation with Nick at Brew North we set one up through eventbrite. There were messages back and forth about marketing on social media, and how to promote it. We feared not getting enough women interested. Imagine our surprise when we sold out after a few days. We had nine women show up, of varying demographics. And we had fun. There were lots of questions and answers and laughs. Two weeks later, we all met again …

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