Published on September 8th, 2017 | by Allegra Swanson

Your 64: Edition IX

Your 64 – a weekly roundup of beer stories and news outside Ontario to inspire you for the 64 hours from Friday at 5pm to Monday at 9am – by Allegra Swanson.

As someone who’s a huge fan of the craft beer industry in Ontario, I have some beer education (shout out to Prud’homme L1!) and two paper certificates crowning me the beer mile champion (2016, 2017, nbd) but lack a role in the industry or how to properly explain the subtle terroir of the hops making up your IPA. Whatever.

Here’s to the weekend; here’s to YOUR 64.

A Craft Beer Boom with Chinese Characteristics

Photo: Economist

Awesome feature in the Economist on the Chinese market for craft; considering there’s evidence that the Chinese were making beer over 5,000 years ago using grains such as millet and Job’s tears (a kind of pearl barley), I’d say they have some experience.

One of my favourite lines from the article: “Wheat beers are popular, perhaps because they go well with Chinese food and locals like to combine carousing with chewing.” (What?)


Dill Pickle-Flavored Beer Is Perfect for Serious Cuke Lovers

When I was in Saskatoon in July I was lucky enough to have pickle flavoured vodka and while tangy on its own, it was a complete delight in a Caesar. Thanks to Barley John’s Brewing Company, I’m certainly ready for my very first dill pickle ale. Pair with a tuna sandwich and some plain chips? Perfect for a State Fair picnic.

Had to try it #beer #beergeek #picklebeer #mnstatefair #onlyinmn

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In Defense of Pumpkin Beers

(Photo: Westworld)

Yes, it’s that season. Stop rolling your eyes. There is a way to enjoy this seasonable vegetable and not just because it’s a sweet and hallowe’en-themed beverage for “the masses.”

Who doesn’t love nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon?

Apparently last year at the Great American Beer Festival judges declined to award gold or silver medals in the pumpkin/squash category, admonishing brewers in the process. Who are these hipsters?!


How to Pair Craft Beer with Vegetarian Fare

My pal Dan Grant is really the master when it comes to pairing vegan food with craft beer (and amazing looking food, to boot!) but this list has some great tips.

IPA & veggie pizza; buffalo wing cauliflower & american amber lager; stout & hummus… the list literally goes on and on! Great weekend inspo.

(Photo: Mother Nature Network)


(Photo: Utobeer)

London Pub Defends Selling a Pint at £13.40

Yes, it’s in the Borough Market and yes, it’s 8.2% ABV.

The Rake has an incredible selection of beer according to UK beer writers, but there has to be a line SOMEWHERE of “wow, maybe we should pass on ordering this keg.”

The average price of a pint in London is around £4.99.


Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store Marks New Era for Nunavut

(Photo: Nunatsiaq News)

In 2009, a government-appointed task force began exploring liquor use in Nunavut. Now, it’s very first walk-in beer and wine store is open to the public.

Available to the public are 23 brands of beer and over 70 brands of wine for this three year pilot project.

The cost? Between $30-$40 for a “case” of 12 beers… yikes.


Look at this: via @dogfishhead

Make this: stout osso bucco

Listen to this: the new Iron & Wine album is everything you didn’t know you needed this fall.

(Photo: Nickel Brook Brewing Co.)

Cheers to Your 64: Has back to school changed the atmosphere of your local bar yet?

With school back in session and fall beer styles hitting the shelves it’s a whole new world out there. Looking forward to cracking into a can of Nickel Brook’s Maple Porter as a dessert tonight while reading in front of a roaring fire.

Don’t try and tell me it’s not cold enough yet.

Allegra Swanson @ayoungvoice

Your 2016, 2017 Toronto Beer Mile Champion. Manager, Planning & Development at The JUNO Awards. All around runner, knitter, canlit reader + all things craft beer.

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