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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I’m a BJCP Judge!

It took all of two days from receiving my BJCP test results to get some judging gigs. I needed just one more experience point to get to the Certified level. I was able to get in on one of the judging nights for the Ontario Brewing Awards, and judged Bohemian Pils, Amber Lager and Vegetable categories. The next weekend, I went with Eric Cousineau, Brandi Lee MacDonald and Victor North to Buffalo to judge the Amber Waves of Grain competition. They did the judging differently than I’m used to, but it’s a format that I definitely prefer – get one …

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Because Beer

So glad I was able to check out the Because Beer Festival in Hamilton this weekend. Great beer, great food, great music, great location, great vibe…and that was just Friday! Kudos to Brandi and the other organizers who made herding that many cats look easy, and thanks to Victor of Garden Brewers for letting me hang out and help.        

The OBA’s

I was lucky enough to get chosen as a backup judge for the Ontario Brewing Award judging, held this week at the Three Brewers on Yonge Street in Toronto. Everyone showed up the first night, so I decided to help steward rather than head back to Stoney Creek early.  I do like stewarding as it gives you a chance to try some beers during a lull while the judging is going on, and I tried a number that made me sad they were one-offs that were now gone, like Sawdust City’s Blood of Cthulhu and Black Oak’s Epiphany. I really …

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