Licensing Fees and Restricted Beer Lists Could be on the Menu for Grocers Looking to Sell Suds in Ontario

Yesterday afternoon, Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, said contrary to a Toronto Star report, Ontario grocery stores won’t face “significant restrictions” on the amount of beer they can sell. But it appears Queen’s Park is considering other ways to [...]

September 19th, 2015|Learn, STORIES|

Meet the Brewmaster: Nickel Brook’s Ryan Morrow

Over the last five years, I've noticed that Nickel Brook has undergone a tasty transformation. The Burlington-based microbrewery, launched in 2005 by brothers John and Peter Romano, has expanded its range of brews to include goodies like my favourite, Naughty Neighbour American [...]

July 30th, 2015|Learn, PEOPLE|

Cool Down This Summer With These Go-To Summer Brews

Every summer I look forward to the return of sours—from Nickel Brook's Uber Berliner Weisse to Liberty Village's Gose to imports like Cuvee des Jacobins. It pisses me off that we don't see these around all year long, but I [...]

July 13th, 2015|Drink, Learn, STORIES, TIPS & TRENDS|

A Look at Ontario’s Biggest Beer Sales Reform Since Prohibition

No matter what you think of the reforms to provincial beer sales that Premier Kathleen Wynne announced yesterday, there's no doubt the changes are the biggest overhaul of Ontario's antiquated beer retail system since Prohibition. Two governments before hers—Mike Harris's [...]

April 17th, 2015|STORIES|