All posts by Andrew Newton

What Will You Drink After The Fall?

Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton @DrinkMeLocal We’ve spent two hundred years industrializing and centralizing beer production. But what if all that was taken away? While perusing my Father-in-Law’s bookshelf recently I came across this gem: It was published in 1974 as an encyclopedia of independence. It would be the perfect fit for a Cold War bomb shelter to teach you all the things you’d need to learn about homesteading after the apocalypse. It covers everything from farming to medicine to governance. Unfortunately homebrewing was illegal in America at…

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Bar Hop Toronto: Beer Bar Review

Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton @DrinkMeLocal Trying to find a great beer bar in an unfamiliar city can be a difficult affair. Everyone’s website makes great claims, menus look good, and a rave review can often mean little. While visiting Toronto, Canada, last month I was in just this predicament. As the largest city in Canada, Toronto has a lot of options for your beer sampling. I was there judging the Canadian Brewing Awards and had access to some of the most knowledgeable local beer geeks. Of course,…

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Beerology by Mirella Amato

Beerology by Mirella Amato – Book Review

Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton @DrinkMeLocal Amazon.com Widgets I first met Mirella while judging the Atlantic Canada Beer Awards last fall. At the end of the evening I had the opportunity to speak with her about her career and the Cicerone program. She was very approachable and happy to answer questions she’s probably been asked a hundred times over. It wasn’t until later that I understood what a Master Cicerone was, that she is Canada’s only one, and one of only seven in the world. I was intrigued…

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An American Reinheitsgebot

 Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton  @DrinkMeLocal In Andrew Gavrin’s recent article he talked about the need to better define what exactly craft beer is. In the end he laid out his own definition, including that craft beer should not contain any adjuncts. This level of brewing ‘purity’ sounds an awful lot like an American Reinheitsgebot, our own twist on the so-called Bavarian Purity Law that restricted brewers to malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. The reality is that the Reinheitsgebot is an idealized and romantic notion; more…

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