Beer Guy

Peak Beer

By Peter Bailey. Revelstuck. That’s what the locals call it when snow closes the road in and out of Revelstoke, British Columbia. But with a fine local brewery in town, getting stranded isn’t such a terrible thing. For me, Revelstoke has been just another hardscrabble mountain town on the road to the coast. But for …



Reinheitsgebot Rules

By Peter Bailey. Three chords and the truth. That’s all you need for a good country song. And for a good beer? All you need is water, barley and hops. At least that is what the Reinheitsgebot says. That’s the Bavarian Beer Purity law, decreed in 1516 by Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV. Yeast was added …



Cheers to Chocolate

By Peter Bailey. If it ain’t chocolate, it ain’t dessert. What about apple pie, you ask? Crème brûlée? Ginger cookies? Surely you agree these would all be much better drizzled with chocolate? My chocophilia comes from both sides of my family and can be traced back to their English roots. As a teen, dining in …



Beer school

By Peter Bailey. The self-taught person has a fool for a pupil, goes the saying. We wonder what this means for craft beer, as so many craft brewers are self-taught! In reality, there are few fools in craft brewing, for it is an exacting trade that demands smarts, skills and moxie. Knowing how to make …



Summer Fling

By Peter Bailey. Bitter beer is better beer. I still believe that. But isn’t summer the perfect time for a fling with something bubbly and bright? In Portland recently, I found my eyes wandering down the bar, away from my beloved hop bombs to the subtler charms of wheat beer and the beer style du …



A green and pleasant land

By Peter Bailey. “Mooshiepeash” said the grimy old workman to me in a northern England pub in 1986. After a pint of bitter, I understood him: he was suggesting the local delicacy of black sausage and mushy peas. I was in England on a post-university European tour. I was on a quest for good beer. …



San Diego Beer Safari

I’m a bad dad. My daughter was about to turn 16 and had never been to Disneyland. Lucky for her, I’d heard one of the best beer towns in America is just down the coast from Disneyland: San Diego. Failing to take one’s kids to Disneyland almost constitutes child neglect in Alberta. In my defence, …



Happy New Beer

By Peter Bailey. “The taste hit hard and, my God, it just kept going and going,” she said. Another beer virgin seduced by the provocative power of craft beer. The beer beginner was beguiled by a tall, dark, handsome IPA at a private beer dinner in St. Albert recently. I was the beer expert du …



Beer of the year

“Beer for a long time in Alberta was blonde and fizzy. This year there seemed to be definite change in attitude toward craft beer.” – Neil Herbst, Alley Kat Brewing Most of the beer sold in Alberta is still blonde and fizzy, but Neil is right to be happy. His brewery expanded, adding capacity and …



Beer and Meat

Kate and William. Hepburn and Tracy. John and Yoko. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Jay-Z and Beyonce. Victoria and Albert. Beer and meat. All perfect pairs. There are so many happy couples in the extended meat family: beer and burgers. Beer and barbecue. Beer and brisket. Beer and beef. Beer and bacon. Alas, Rogue Brewing went …