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10 totally true facts about Toronto Beer Week

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In a few hours, Toronto Beer Week will kick off with a launch party at the Summerhill LCBO.

The next week will feature a slew of events in and around the city and even an official beer, Interloper, a barrel-aged, blended farmhouse beer made by Indie Alehouse and available at the LCBO, participating TBW bars and at Indie’s bottleshop.

That much you probably already knew.

But to help you make the most of your Toronto Beer Week and give you the inside scoop, I’ve put together this list of 10 totally true facts about Toronto Beer Week.

Everything written here is totally 100% true. Obviously. Continue reading


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Siobhan McPherson: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Siobhan McPherson brews beer at the Toronto brew pub and music hall, Burdock. She previously worked at the considerably larger breweries, Mill Street and Amsterdam. She reveals her weakness for horse tartare and how she misses an ’85 Chevy.

IMG_6695What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A warm partially sunny day on the sea with a garden near by and a never ending supply of bread and cheese and charcuterie and beer and wine. I guess you could throw in a few friends and lovers and a dog and a horse and a cat.

What is your greatest fear?

Rusting.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Doing all the things I want to do.

What is your favorite occupation?

Brewing. Designing equipment, creating recipes and techniques, and constantly learning.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

The witch in the village during the dark ages. Continue reading


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Toronto’s Burdock Brewery is the real deal

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It isn’t all that often that, in my semi-professional adventures as a beer enthusiast, I can say I’m smitten, but after having visited Toronto’s Burdock–a bar, restaurant, and music hall that also happens to have a brewery onsite–I must admit to my smittenness. Er, I’ve been smote. They smited me?

What I’m trying to say is that I like the damn place.

Considering options of where to drink before this year’s Golden Tap Awards, my friend Leon (whose hairy arm appears above) suggested Burdock and, truth be told, even though I hastily rehashed a press release wrote an article detailing the release of their first beers, I had not yet actually been to Burdock, so I was eager to check it out. Continue reading