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Getting Down With Brown No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast for February, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato continues our exploration of OCB-brewed Brown Ales. She is once again joined by the two featured guests for February: beer Writer Ben Johnson from Ben’s Beer Blog and Greg Clow, Publisher & Editor of Canadian Beer News.

The duo successfully guessed which OCB-brewed Brown Ale they sampled in the last Ontario Brewer Podcast and this week, they dive into two more. The three Brown Ales featured this month were Clocktower Bytown Brown, Left Field Eephus and Neustadt 10W30.

About our two guests this month:

Greg Clow is the publisher, editor, and everything-else-er at Canadian Beer News, a comprehensive news website dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. www.canadianbeernews.comand @cdnbeernews

Ben Johnson: Beer Writer • Humorist • Father • Husband • Bike Rider • All Around Charming Son of a Bitch. http://www.bensbeerblog.com

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How Now Brown Ale? No Comments »

In this podcast, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato is joined by two featured guests: Greg Clow, Publisher & Editor of Canadian Beer News and beer Writer Ben Johnson from Ben’s Beer Blog.

These two beer writers are tasked with identifying the OCB-brewed Brown Ale in front of them by asking a series of six questions … can you beat them to the correct answer?

About our two guests this month:

Greg Clow is the publisher, editor, and everything-else-er at Canadian Beer News, a comprehensive news website dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. www.canadianbeernews.com and @cdnbeernews

Ben Johnson: Beer Writer • Humorist • Father • Husband • Bike Rider • All Around Charming Son of a Bitch. http://www.bensbeerblog.com

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Beer Writers Shine Light On Dark Ales No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast for February, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato continues our exploration of OCB-brewed Dark Ales. She is once again joined by the two featured guests for February: historian and beer writer, Jordan St.John and Certified Cicerone and beer columnist, Crystal Luxmore.

The duo successfully guessed which OCB-brewed Dark Ale they sampled in the last Ontario Brewer Podcast and this week, they dive into two more. The three Dark Ales featured this month were the Barley Days Wind & Sail Dark Ale, Stone Hammer Dark Ale and Wellington Dark Ale.

 

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About our two guests this month:

Crystal Luxmore is a beer writer and Certified Cicerone whose stories appear in The Globe & Mail, Sun Media, enRoute and more. She leads beer tastings for corporate and private clients, and talks about beer trends on Global TV and CBC Radio. www.craftbeertastings.com

Jordan St. John is a Certified Cicerone, Beer Writer and Historian who trained as a brewer but opted out of having to clean all that equipment. He deals with elaborate concepts and total nonsense at saintjohnswort.ca

Ale Tales from the Dark Side No Comments »

In this podcast, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato is joined by two featured guests: Certified Cicerone and beer columnist, Crystal Luxmore and historian and beer writer, Jordan St. John. These two beer writers are tasked with identifying the OCB-brewed Dark Ale in front of them by asking a series of six questions … can you beat them to the correct answer?

About our two guests this month:

Crystal Luxmore is a beer writer and Certified Cicerone whose stories appear in The Globe & Mail, Sun Media, enRoute and more. She leads beer tastings for corporate and private clients, and talks about beer trends on Global TV and CBC Radio. www.craftbeertastings.com

Jordan St. John is a Certified Cicerone, Beer Writer and Historian who trained as a brewer but opted out of having to clean all that equipment. He deals with elaborate concepts and total nonsense at saintjohnswort.ca

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Return of the Russian Imperials No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast for 2015, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato is once again joined by our two featured guests for January: cookbook author David Ort and beer writer Robin LeBlanc. Having successfully guessed which OCB-brewed Russian Imperial Stout they sampled in the first January podcast, the trio dive into two more. The three Russian Imperial Stouts featured this month were the Amsterdam Tempest, Grand River Russian Gun and Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard.

About our two guests this month:

Robin LeBlanc is a Toronto-based Photographer and writer. As the owner of the award-winning craft beer siteThe Thirsty Wench and Beer Writer for Torontoist, she has appeared on television, radio and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer.www.thethirstywench.com

David Ort is the author of the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, a freelance food and drink writer, and the web editor at PostCity.com. Follow his writing on all things from beer to Toronto restaurants on his site atdavidort.com or on Twitter: @ortdavid

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Finding Out Which Stout No Comments »

In this first podcast for 2015, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato introduces our new guessing-game format. Featured guests, beer writer Robin LeBlanc and cookbook author David Ort are tasked with identifying the OCB-brewed Russian Imperial Stout in front of them. They can ask six questions to help them zero in on the correct answer … can you beat them to it?

About our two guests this month:

Robin LeBlanc is a Toronto-based Photographer and writer. As the owner of the award-winning craft beer site The Thirsty Wench and Beer Writer for Torontoist, she has appeared on television, radio and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer. www.thethirstywench.com

David Ort is the author of the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, a freelance food and drink writer, and the web editor at PostCity.com. Follow his writing on all things from beer to Toronto restaurants on his site at davidort.com or on Twitter: @ortdavid

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Ottawa Region Beer Scene is Capital No Comments »

In this last Ontario Brewer podcast for 2014, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Matthew O’Hara from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. Also in the studio is Lon Ladell, from Big Rig Brewery. Lon and Matthew share their impressions of the beer scene in the Capital Region.

Find out:

  • How the Ottawa area beer scene has evolved in the past 10 years
  • How brewers feel about the current Ottawa region brewery boom
  • What’s new in the upcoming 2015 edition of Ontario Brewer

 

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Proposing a Peppermint Porter 1 Comment »

In this Episode of Ontario Brewer, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with Lon Ladell, co-owner and operator at Big Rig Brewery and Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. brewmaster, Matthew O’Hara.

The trio samples a collaboration brew, called Peppermint Porter that was brewed especially for the Ontario Brewer podcast.

Find out:

  • How to make sure you don’t over-mint your beer
  • The role that balance plays in a beer’s flavour profile
  • Where & when this special limited-edition brew will be released

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Release the Hounds! No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer podcast for August, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Paul Brady, from Walkerville Brewery Also in the studio is Lon Ladell, from Big Rig Brewery who has brought in a bottle of his seasonal Release the Hounds Black IPA.

Find out:

  • About the Ottawa beer scene
  • How brewers adapt to new equipment
  • The origins of the Black IPA style

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Milking and Touting a New Stout No Comments »

In this Episode of Ontario Brewer, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with Lon Ladell, co-owner and operator at Big Rig Brewery and Paul Brady, the head brewer for Walkerville Brewery. The trio samples a Milk Stout, currently available from Walkerville Brewery.

Find out:

  • Where the name Big Rig comes from
  • The brewery version of hot chocolate mix
  • How to make a hot scotchy

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