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Published on November 4th, 2017 | by Allegra Swanson

Your 64: Edition of Minimal Effort


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.

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

To be clear: It’s minimum effort on OBN’s part, not Leggo’s – even though it was late. 

Once Again, Corey Bellmore Smashes Beer Mile World Record

If you’re a regular reader of Your 64, you’ll know that I’m a big beer miler (in fact, I just ran one last week!). I love that Canada dominates in this sport.

If chugging four beers and running four laps around a track (400m x 4 = 1 mile) then maybe this will impress you: “The Canadian’s time is so fast that it comes close to rivalling the record that once stood for running a beerless mile. In the 1850s, Englishman Thomas Horspool briefly claimed the title of world’s fastest mile runner with a time of 4:29.”

Samuel Adams’ New $199.00 Beer is Actually Illegal in 12 States

“… reminiscent of rich vintage port, old cognac, or fine sherry,” this boozy brew is sitting higher than your average seasonal release at a whopping 28% ABV.

In Prud’homme I learned that serving temperature is often equal to the percentage of alcohol by volume so… microwave? Stove top? (I kid.)

Brewdog Launches New Beer to Protest Climate Change

Actually? Yes, actually. This saison contains ingredients sourced from areas most impacted by global warming, including water from the Arctic ice caps, and Arctic cloudberries. “Make Earth Great Again” and grab a beer? Yes. Yes please.

Also obviously they’re already making “MEGA” hats and you know I’ll order one.

A Pair of American Breweries Turn Back the Clock With Wood-Fired Kettles

While I thought that this was another expensive, hipster thing to do, turns out it saves them money which I was completely surprised to learn. Something romantic/old-timey about brewing beer with a copper kettle.

Amsterdam Outlaws Beer Bikes

All those times you tried to enjoy your trip to Amsterdam and ended up getting sidelined by a drunken bachelor/ette party? FEAR NOT! Those days are slowly coming to a close as the city chooses to outlaw beer bikes.

Really hoping that next on the list are those bachelor/ette river cruises… ugh.

The Most Expensive Dram of Scotch Whisky Ever Sold is a Fake

I know this isn’t beer related but WHAT A STORY. Some Chinese tourist paid CHF9,999 ($12,846 CAD?!) for a DRAM of this “1878 Macallan” in a Swiss Hotel. Devastatingly for this poor fool, tests done showed that the liquid was made between 1970 to 1972.

Look at this:  (yes, it’s not just Starbucks all up in your face with Holiday shit as of November 1)

Make this: beer cheese in a bread bowl

Listen to this: Confessions – by Quake Matthews, another of the three amazing Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class bands I worked with last week.

Cheers to Your 64: Can’t wait to escape for a Muskoka cottage weekend with some close friends. Nothing like sitting around a campfire late at night covered in a bunch of layers sipping special beers you’ve saved for over a year. Can’t wait to crack open my Sierra Nevada porter, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout and some other gems. Cheers!

Allegra Swanson t: @ayoungvoice  i: @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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