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|

How to Start a Brewpub and Make it Awesome: Paul Hadfield & The Spinnakers Story

Paul Hadfield, had it good: the Vancouver Architect  worked out of his Granville Island office and spent weekends at his ski chalet in Whistler. Life was magical. Then, in 1982, the housing market crashed and suddenly Hadfield's client pool dried [...]

January 18th, 2015|PEOPLE|

Blurring the Line between Beer & Wine: Q&A with Amsterdam Brewing Co.’s Iain McOustra

Last year, I wrote on beer-wine hybrids or "vinales" in The Globe and Mail and talked to Amsterdam’s brewmaster Iain McOustra. One of the first in the country to put barley and grapes into the same brew pot, McOustra is truly [...]

August 26th, 2014|PEOPLE|

Mixing Business and Beer: Bonus Q&A with Boxing Cat’s Lee Tseng

It takes a certain resiliency to succeed as an entrepreneur. But navigating the ultra-competitive, murky waters of the Chinese market takes more than resiliency—it takes a boxer’s quick reflexes and knockout instincts. Toronto-raised, Lee Tseng has done just that with [...]

July 21st, 2014|PEOPLE|