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|

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|