Canadian craft beers of summer

I got married! Yeah!

Returning from a five-week honeymoon in Peru and Chile (where it’s winter!) to heat-wave happy Toronto in July was a culture shock, in a very good way.

My first bike ride across town along Queen from the east to Bellwoods Brewery in the west was all tan lines, bikini tops, packed patios and people — lots and lots of people — even some that I know! I waved to my sister as she did her “booty camp” in the park, and then saw Mirella Amato walking her bike across Spadina and Dundas. When Canada’s biggest city begins to feel like a small town, you’ll never want to move again.

Another bonus of returning home after so long away was a pile of mail — including a few magazines with my stories in them.

In Tidings, a Canadian wine magazine that goes out to all Opimian Society members, I wrote an article profiling four Canadian craft brewers who got into their craft by accident. They also happen to be some of the most successful brewers in the country. To read the Q&A with Ellen Bounsall of McAuslan Brewery in Quebec, Franco Corno at Howe Sound Brewery in B.C., Steve Cavan at Paddock Wood in Saskatchewan, and Daniel Girard at Garrison Brewing in Halifax, click on the pdf here: Accidental_Brewers.

I also have two stories in ELLE Canada’s August “games” issue this month (not available online, you’ll have to buy the issue). The first is a trend piece exploring the rise of game playing in pop culture (and my own love/hate struggle with board games), and the second highlights six craft beers that Canadian women should be drinking this summer.

Next, I hope to write about my adventures in Chilean craft beer. I brought home 42 bottles of the stuff and sampled many, many more (with gloves on) and now, with my Beer Club I plan to see how it translates here at home. Ah, back to work.

Craft Beer In Chile, Santiago

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