June 25th, 2015: This Canada Day Canadians in every province will have the opportunity to celebrate with a very special beer. It's called the Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it's a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast--and all of the provinces in between.
Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the 'quad-laboration', coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian. A hefty body, full of biscuity and caramel malts is edged with earthy tea-like hop character. It is robust enough to pay tribute to the size of our country with the creative flair emblematic of the craft beer industry.
As a quad-laboration the project also embodies the unique craft brewing culture of collaboration and mutual support. According to Peter Chido of Flying Monkeys, "We respect each other, we root for each other, we drink each others beers, and when we can we brew together!"
So this Canada Day raise a glass to the spirit of collaboration and enjoy the one thing unites us Canadians as much as hockey: a cold hand-crafted beer. If you would like to see a behind-the-scenes peek at the collaboration coming together, check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoVI9rVJqxw&feature=youtu.be
My article on gender parity is on the Growler website! BREWING UP GENDER PARITY: THE QUEST FOR BEERQUALITY REBECCA WHYMAN • JUNE 13, 2019 Women are markedly underrepresented in craft beer. This is not news to anyone. But have you ruminated on just how large the gender gap is? A 2018 survey by Nielsen-Harris found American craft beer drinkers are 68.5 per cent male and 31.5 per cent female. Closer to home, BeerMeBC’s 2018 survey had those numbers at 71 and 29 per cent, with 0.32 per cent identifying as “other.” For those not so strong in the math department, that means that there are only three women drinking craft beer for every seven men. If you were a straight man looking for a date, you wouldn’t like those odds at all. And I can tell you, as one of those three women, it’s not much fun being outnumbered everywhere I go to enjoy my beloved craft beer, delightful as those seven men may be. Drinking craft beer is the easy part—when we move into the sections of craft