Did Someone Say Brunch? Grab a Blanch de Chambly Mimosa!

October 4, 2010

One of my all time favorite meals is brunch. It is such a delicious combination of foods from all courses coming together in perfect harmony. Everything from eggs and pancakes to bacon, roast beef, shrimp, pastas, desserts and more make it onto the table. Beyond that, there is usually a wide selection of juices, coffees, cocktails, beers, spirits, and usually mimosas; the classic brunch drink of orange juice and champagne.

I do love champagne, but honestly the classic mimosa leaves something to be desired. It always ends up a bit to sharp, and unless you are using very expensive sparkling wine, a bit to tart. Ah ha, beer to the rescue. Here is one of my most favorite beer cocktails that people are always shocked, and then astounded by; the Blanch de Chambly Mimosa! It is smoother, creamier, has a soft vanilla and warm spice character to it, and just compliments orange juice better than champagne can. Read on for the directions, and I dare you to try it! Read the rest of this entry »


Jealous of Anyone Going to The Great American Beer Festival

September 16, 2010

The Largest Beer Festival in North America, the Great American Beer Festival, Starts TODAY in Denver Colorado. I am madly jealous of everyone going to the fest to enjoy some of the best beers that the world has to offer – but I will be there one day! The GABF is also totally sold out, all 3 days will be packed to the fills with beer loving enthusiasts. There is a brewing competition, food and beer expos, meet the brewers pavilions, judging stations, and tons and tons of great beer! A lot of breweries even brew special one-off batches just for the show… *sigh*… One day! Next week I will post details on all the winning beers and find out who is crowned best of the fest!


I Am A Craft Beer Drinker! Another Great Beer Appreciation Video

September 16, 2010

If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Bill Sysak, the gentleman in the beige that tours us through this video, he is Stone Brewing’s  Beer Aficionado and Ultimate Professional. This is yet further proof that real beer is getting out there – keep up the great work guys!


Toronto Beer Week is Less Than One Week Away!

September 14, 2010

Ok, I hope by now that beer lovers in and around Toronto already know about Toronto Beer Week (TBW). If not, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the website, contain your excitement, and book off the week to drink beer! This is a week long beer celebration starting on Monday September the 20th, running till Sunday the 26th. Thats only 6 days away!

I was going to post a full list of all the events happening during this week around Toronto, but there must be 100 of them! Check out the TBW Events Page for a full listing of what events are taking place where throughout the week. This is a great chance to enjoy some of the best beer available in Ontario, meet some of your favorite brewers, and mingle with beer lovers, media, and professionals alike. This is going to be a grand week ‘o beer!


Stone’s Vertical Epic 10’10’10 is Announced

September 14, 2010

The Stone Brewing Co. does many things that makes me wish I lived in Escondido California, where the brewery is located. If its not just for their beers, its the festivals, the brew pub, the events, specialty and collaboration beers, and the sheer passion and enthusiasm for beer that the whole teem exudes. One of my favorite projects that they have which has been running since 2002 is the Vertical Epic Ale Series. Each year starting on 02’02’02 (ie. February 2nd, 2002) Stone releases a new beer intended to be aged until 12’12’12 (December 12, 2010), at which time they should be enjoyed ranging from a fresh beer to a 10 year old bottle. Read the rest of this entry »


Classic Videos on Beer: Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter

September 8, 2010

On August 30th I posted an tribute to Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter. But event after you realize that this Michael Jackson is not going to dance or sing, but rather show you the best beer in the wold, it is still hard to get a grasp on who the man really was. Try this awesome vintage video of Mr. Jackson touring Belgium and exploring some of his favorite beers.


Why I should be flown to Reno for CANFEST

September 7, 2010

CANFest is upon us, and I have been given the opportunity to win a trip to Reno to celebrate all things about Canned Beer! About a month ago I wrote about this festival, the second annual, and Buckbean Brewery decided to give me the chance to get there for free! But I need your help. Please click on the link and simply vote for me. I promise I will provide great coverage of the fest! Thanks everyeone!  Why I should be flown to Reno for CANFEST.


A Great Beer for Every City Traveled (part 3 of 3, Switzerland and the Czech Republic)

August 31, 2010

If I’m not travelling Europe drinking great beer, at least one of my friends is. My bud Calvin is doing exactly that, so I figured that I would help him out and point him in the right direction of some amazing beer. In this part of his trip he will be in one of the world’s ultimate beer havens in the Czech Republic, and the not so beer infamous Switzerland. Although I’m sure he will be occupied with the sites, and friends and other festivities in both locations, the man has got to drink, so why not enjoy the good stuff? Read the rest of this entry »


A Great Beer for Every City Traveled (part 2 of 3, France and Germany)

August 27, 2010

Well, my bud Calvin is off in England right now enjoying some of the classic beer styles that have influenced so much that we know about beer today. I’m not jealous at all… And to show him what a good sport I am I am helping him find some amazing beers everywhere he goes. In Part 1 Calvin will enjoy the cask beers of England and some rich wild beers from The Netherlands. But now soon he will make his way into Paris and then one of the worlds greatest beer producing countries, Germany.

France is easy, I can give him a few beers to look for. But how do you limit all the beers in Germany to a few suggestions!? Not to mention the amazing selection that I don’t even know about! So Calvin, when you are in Germany, don’t drink water, just drink beer. Read the rest of this entry »


A Great Beer for Every City Traveled (part 1 of 3, England and The Netherlands)

August 26, 2010

A good friend of mine is heading to Europe for a month to enjoy a much needed vacation – I am very jealous, but happy for him. I have always wanted to see the sights, enjoy the history, marvel in the architecture, and sample the beers fresh from the old world. For now I will have to enjoy the beers vicariously through Calvin – keep your eyes open for the good stuff mate!

Calvin is not as much of a beer geek as I, so I thought I would give him a hand and point him in the right direction. So here is a brief list of some of the beers and breweries that you should look out for in the different cities you will be venturing too, Calvin. I have never been over there, so if anyone has some suggestions, please drop them in here. Read the rest of this entry »


Real Beer, with Stephen Rich: THE SHOW!

August 20, 2010

My love and passion for real beer… In video form.! Read the rest of this entry »


Real Beer Marketing, Defined

July 12, 2010

What is Real Beer Marketing?

It begins with passion – a whole ton of it. Then maybe a bit of obsession and a real thirst for knowledge and experience. But really, Real Beer Marketing is all about the beer; not a specific brand or style of beer, but real beer as a whole. There is such a massive amount of real and amazing beer in the world that I find it difficult to limit myself to one style, country of origin, or brewery. Besides, Real Beer Marketing is really not about promoting beer to people, but rather introducing people to real flavor. That’s what real beer is all about; the flavor, enjoyment, excitement, and the experience. Read the rest of this entry »


Tasting the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw

July 9, 2010

I’ve never been disappointed by anything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Actually, more accurately, I have always been severely impressed by everything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Their latest beer to grace Ontario was the Ambrio, which came here for the Spring Release and was really spectacular. Then when I think about the Classic, and the Hopsinjoor I get goosebumps.

This past weekend, for my 25th birthday, one of my best friends brought me a bottle of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw, which is essentially their dark vintage ale. It is brewed on February the 24th every year to commemorate the birthday of Charles the Fifth. Het Anker calls it an “exclusive adaptation of the traditional Gouden Carolus Classic”; my knees just buckled from under me.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy this beer on my quarter century mark, in Grand Bend, at my buds cottage on the patio, by the lake, under the sun, with my good friends, and also with a nice fine cigar. It don’t get much better than this! Read the rest of this entry »


Comparing the 2009 to the 2010 Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask

July 1, 2010

How much of a difference can 1 year really make? Well, I just tested that, and it can make a big difference. But with the Innis & Gunn Canadian Casks the differences are more than just age; they are also organic. You see, Innis & Gunn changed the recipe for the 2010 version slightly; they brewed it with malted crystal rye rather than fresh rye, and more of it, to give it a deeper and richer flavor, it was aged in older, more refined Oak Rye Barrels, and it was matured for 54 days rather than 71 leaving it with a better oak characteristic as far as Innis & Gunn was concerned.

So now we have two rye beers created specifically for Canadians to Celebrate Canada Day; one is fresh, and the other is now 1 year old. This is my kind of beer tasting! Read the rest of this entry »


34 Miles Up and Down Hills On a Bike… With a Keg of Stone 13th!

June 8, 2010

When was the last time you biked an empty keg 17 miles over of hills to your favorite brewery only to bike back the 17 miles with a full 160 lb keg? Right, of course.. Never! That would be the case for most sane people, but to a group of  environmentally friendly Stone Beer enthusiasts (and crazy people) this proved to be a great idea and a wild ride.

In an effort to prove the usefulness of bikes and thwart the misconceptions of their impractical or dangerous existence Marty Benson and crew did strap and empty Stone keg to a bike and mission it to the brewery only to return with a full one. Wow! Briliantly they documented the whole mission; this is well worth the seven minutes. Well done guys, cheers! Definitely check it out here.