So this is what they’re talking about

I have developed quite a love for Berliner Weiss’. I love the tartness on a hot day, and like not getting blasted with a too high ABV. I remember reading about the use of syrups in the BJCP guides – locals would dose their Berliner Weiss with a shot of either raspberry or woodruff syrup. The raspberry was easy to replicate but had no idea what woodruff even was beyond the fact it was an herb.

And then I saw this in Starsky’s in Hamilton:


It tastes good in soda, but in a beer like Sawdust City’s Coriolis Effect, it’s sublime.


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.


Day 1 – mashing in

We had nine women show up, of varying demographics. And we had fun. There were lots of questions and answers and laughs.


Day 2, two weeks later, getting ready to bottle.

Two weeks later, we all met again for bottling. As we finished, I asked some questions about how they thought it went. There had been some heated discussions on some Facebook boards about women, brewing and general feminism, and I was curious if the supportive, all-women environment was in fact what women wanted. Short answer – yes.

All of them loved the open atmosphere, how all of their questions were answered fully and respectfully, and all felt that they had enough confidence to go and buy ingredients. And make more beer.


On the other side of the desk

Well this is fun. No, really, it is!

I was given the chance to sit on the other side of the desk at Niagara College and teach two courses, first semester Ingredients and second semester Sensory.


Two cards, less than two years apart.


I think this was IPA day in Sensory.

I was reminded of how much I really like teaching. I wish I had more time to prepare the lessons and get marking done but am still working five days at Magnotta. I do love being back at Niagara. I keep expecting my classmates to walk around a corner though, and wish they were still around to go for beer or ice cream.