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Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Allegra Swanson

Your 64: Edition V

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 – curated 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.

New NYC commuter-themed beer will get you drunk while you wait for your delayed train


Man claims he found two dead geckos in beer

This is such click bait I barely included it, but it’s also great that Heinecken is fighting back because honestly. [Heads up that the photo of the geckos isn’t for the faint of heart.]

Proper old boozers in London’s hipster neighbourhood

With the rise of craft beer, there are some stubborn Brits who just want a pint of Guiness and to watch the football match, damn it! A great feature on some British pubs that refuse to change.

Transparencies in music licensing and what is means for breweries

As someone who works in the music industry, I am fiercely passionate about ensuring musicians are compensated for their work. In order to build a successful business, many breweries are looking to the local community for singer songwriters to host live music in their taprooms. The licensing of this music can be very expensive, however. A bit of a drier, long-form read, but a very important issue you don’t see in the media often.

US brewery creates fried chicken beer

To answer your question, yes – this is brewed with actual chicken so vegetarians need not apply. Before you roll your eyes too far back in your head, this wild brew was a collaboration between Evil Twin and the Veil Brewing so it’s likely passable. Sadly it’s rumoured that it does not, in fact, “taste like chicken.”

The history of stein holding

Upon seeing an ad for a Masskrugstemmen or “steinholding” contest in Cleveland, it made me wonder what the history would be. Naturally, there’s a US Steinholding Association. As a beer miler, I respect a good set of rules. You’ll need a full 1L beer stein at about 5.5 pounds, a straight arm held aloft, and if you want to beat the record? Hold it longer than 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

Look at this: courtesy of @meritbrewing (shout out to my pal Tej at Merit; one of the most stunning brewery instagram accounts)

Make this: Whole wheat garlic and herb bread

Listen to this: A little shout-out to the top ten finalists in the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program I manage that were just announced on August 10th. Check out the hottest up and coming artists in Canada:

Cheers to Your 64: From out in Prince Edward Island I salute you with a Strawberry Rhubarb Witbier from Upstreet Craft Brewing; a welcome new addition to the Island’s craft beer scene opened a few years ago by a friend of the family’s son in law. (Pro tip: On the Island, everyone knows each other.)

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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