Beer Guy

Look East

“Getcha beer here,” bellowed the beer guy at a Detroit Tigers game. Seeing Blue Light beer in his cooler I muttered, “If I wanted water I’d ask for water,” quoting the old Labatt ad. Odd. I am watching the Yankees play America’s pastime in America, and they’re selling Canadian beer. I was ready to launch …



Wood is Good

The new thing in beer is old: wood-aging. Forward-looking beer makers are looking back to the past for the future of beer. For centuries wooden barrels were the standard container for storing, shipping and serving beer. In my mind’s eye I see a mighty British wooden clipper as it rounds the Cape of Good Hope, …



New Beers Resolutions

Please, no tears in your beer for the year that’s done. Raise high your pint and drink to the year to come. Let us resolve to fill this year with good beer, for life is too short to drink bad beer. Drink local. There are many good reasons to buy local beer, but the best …



The Golden Age of Beer

It’s the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine — for this is the golden age of craft beer. As the American Empire crumbles, America has become the capital of craft beer. The modern version of fiddling while Rome burns is drinking awesome IPAs while America declines. Soon, craft beer …



The Road to Beertopia

By Peter Bailey. In the autumn a young person’s fancy turns to thoughts of beer. Fresh-faced kids flood into the big city for school and they might just change the world. But, first, they need a beer. They come from all over, stopping in at U of A, MacEwan or NAIT before heading out to …



Beer Alfresco

There are two seasons in Canada: winter and patio. Or so say some beer ads. In Edmonton, the patio season is a short and fleeting thing that burns brightly and then is gone. The season’s brevity makes it all the more precious to be savoured and treasured. I sincerely hope you are reading this on …



A Year in Beer

Watching Julia Roberts pretend to enjoy eating with gusto in the film Eat Pray Love, I imagined a beer guy remake of the film. Rome, Mumbai and Bali are out. Beer towns Portland, Brussels and Munich are in. Julia out; George Clooney in. Bring on the pints‚Ķ There‚Äôs little personal wisdom to be found in …



Don’t fear the fruit

For a guy, especially a beer guy, drinking a fruit beer is like riding a Vespa–sure it’s fun, but don’t let your friends catch you doing it. Even veteran beer geeks glance over their shoulder before ordering fruit beer in public, and if called on it, will claim they ordered it for their female companion. …