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And so it begins…

Hello fellow beer fans! The project to put myself on the web has finally launched. And by “myself”, I mean the guy at the top of the page eying that pint of beer. I am an Edmonton-based beer writer, homebrewer and all around beer guy. For a number of years now, I have dabbled with a some beer columns, for CBC Radio and Vue Weekly in Edmonton and for Planet S in Saskatoon. And I wanted to start mucking about on the web as well, because that is what the kids do these days.

Seriously, I think a web presence will give me more opportunity to engage one of my favourite pastimes – writing about beer. As I explain on the “What We’re About” page, I hope to do a couple of things with this project. First, I plan to post links to most of my columns, allowing this site to be a one-stop shopping of sorts to find my beer observations. Second, I often find the space and time limitations of my regular columns restrict the range of topics I can address, so I intend to post on the site observations about the world of beer that would normally get left behind.

Which, of course, gives you a great reason to check back on a regular basis to see what I am talking about this week.

The third reason for this site is to try and increase the profile of Western Canada’s craft breweries. Being on the Prairies, they don’t get the attention some B.C. or Quebec brewers do, despite the fact that some of the best craft beer can be found on these flat lands. So I have built a page (Prairie Beer) highlighting every prairie brewer, and I will try to focus much of my attention in the blog to beer news on the prairies.

Finally, I wanted a platform to promote some of the other beer-related services I would like to offer – such as beer education workshops, tastings and journalism. Who knows where that will go, but I can’t really think about a better part time job than beer. Can you?

So, thank you for stopping by and try to drop in when you can. I hope to make it worth your while by offering fun and enlightening beer news. You can even think about subscribing to the RSS (the link is in the top right) so that you won’t miss a single post.

Finally, don’t hesitate to let me know what you think about the site. React to my reviews, offer your own insights about beer. The comments function will be active for all posts and most pages. I don’t mind being called out at all, so have at ‘er (just keep it polite, eh? We are Canadian after all.)

Now it is time for a beer!

13 comments to And so it begins…

  • Great new blog; much looking forward to some recommendations for a summer of relaxing in the garden. Yes, summer is a ways off. But the garlic is up on the south side of the house!

  • Eric Filpula

    Hey Buddy!! The site looks great, I’ve already bookmarked it:) I think my cronies and I at the cigar shoppe would be totally into a beer night, I’ll talk with Curtis the owner to see if he might be interested! We’re also have EggFest II – Egg-A-Palooza on June 26th at the Riverdale Hall which might be another event we could work a beer theme into, I’ll run this by the “committee” (read 5 guys with a cigar in one hand and a scotch in the other).
    Nice work!
    Eric

  • Jason, congrats on going online!! When will we see your Twitter updates, facebook group, Yelp feed, del.icio.us links,…??? đŸ˜‰

  • Myles

    Great site Jason! Good luck in spreading the word…

  • A good beginning. Please note I have your judging sheets and prizes for winning at the Cowtown Yeast Roundup, and as such, you can get them from me.

    Owen Kirkaldy

  • Christine

    Great site! Congratulations on getting this up and running and kudos to you for showcasing lesser-known breweries, with little to no resources for advertising, who rely on word of mouth and community support. I look forward to the articles/blogs and have no doubt there will be giggles as well as great information about one of Canada’s favourite pastimes: Beer, eh!

  • Dave

    Love the Prairie Beer section! I have been into craft beer since the fall of 2008 (a trip to Seattle changed my Coors Light ways) and I have yet to find a site with all the Prairie Beer info grouped together. I live in Calgary so I drink lots of Wild Rose, but I’ll definitely be trying everything on your Prairie list!

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the comments. When I had the idea for the site I realized there was no easy to find place for beer on the Prairies. One of my hopes is that craft beer fans use this site as a launching pad for beer explorations in the area.

      Jason

  • Hello Jason,
    I was wondering if you would be willing to post information about an upcoming fundraiser we are planning:

    Beers for Books, Fundraiser for Room to Read
    Tue. June 15th, 6-9 p.m.
    Ceili’s Irish Pub, 10338 109 St.

    Tickets $10.00 (roomtoread.org/EdmontonJune 15) or roomtoreadedm@yahoo.ca

    Music provided by 2IslandGirls

    All funds raised will go to Room to Read, http://www.roomtoread.org, to publish books for Room to Read Schools in India.

  • Hello Jason,
    I was wondering if you would be willing to post information about an upcoming fundraiser we are planning:

    Beers for Books, Fundraiser for Room to Read
    Tue. June 15th, 6-9 p.m.
    Ceili’s Irish Pub, 10338 109 St.

    Tickets $10.00 (roomtoread.org/EdmontonJune15) or roomtoreadedm@yahoo.ca

    Music provided by 2IslandGirls

    All funds raised will go to Room to Read, http://www.roomtoread.org, to publish books for Room to Read Schools in India.

  • We are starting a new aggregator site for beer blogs and would like to use teasers from your rss feed on the site.
    Please email me at brucet@beerwriters.com so I can tell you a bit about the new site and get your permission to use your feed.
    Thanks.
    Bruce Ticknor

  • Brock Rose

    Hey man i saw an that under the olds college tectincal brewery that you said that they only have sesonal releases, that is not true, as i am a student there and we have, Hay City, an american wheat, Aggie Ale an american amber ale, Prairie Gold, an american India Pale Ale, and LAst but not least, Old Skhool an English Brown Ale.just thought i would let you know.
    Thank you

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