Things Are Good: Spent Grains From Beer Used to Grow Mushrooms

An enterprising student went on a brewery tour and discovered a lot of food waste. Grain is used when making beer in a similar way that tea is steeped, after the grain has been soaking in the water it is discarded. In some areas that grain gets turned into compost, other areas the grain can ...

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall Government’s Saskatchewan beer trade piffle turns out to be all fizz and no flavour

ILLUSTRATIONS: A group of Albertans enjoying one of our province’s excellent craft beers, unfortunately unavailable in Saskatchewan because of the province-to-the-right’s unfair trade practices. (The Wikipedia illustration is actually of François Jaques’ Peasants Enjoying Beer at Pub in Fribourg.) Below: Brad Wall, Saskatchewan’s disagreeable premier gestures disagreeably in the Saskatchewan Legislature (photo paid for by ...

Things Are Good: Craft Beer is Advancing Science

We all know that craft beers are delicious thanks to all their fun flavours and now we also know that by drinking craft beer we are helping the world of science. The search for hop plants, which are integral to craft beer, has pushed science to go further into examining the plant and it’s neighbours ...

Things Are Good: Turning Beer Into Food

Eat Beer! Help ReGrained Grow – Barnraiser from Barnraiser on Vimeo. Brewing beer requires a lot of energy since it involves heating large amounts of water and tossing in a bunch of plant matter. From there the plant matter gets tossed into compost (or in some places a landfill) to be reused. This plant matter ...

Things Are Good: A Beer Six Pack Meant For The Oceans

Saltwater Brewery is a beer company that makes the oceans better while selling beer. Most breweries sell their beers in six packs attached by plastic rings and those rings often end up in the ocean chocking sea life and otherwise causing harm to the ecosystem. What Saltwater has done is create a new six pack ...

Things Are Good: Enjoy Beer Thanks To Hops

Beer is delicious and has been a part of healthy living for years, but why is it good for us? Beer can provide mental benefits because it helps people relax and can bring temporary moments of joy. It also works on a physical level, which is what researchers have been looking into. The hops are ...

Things Are Good: Pub Proximity Produces Pleasure

How close you live to a pub impacts your happiness, the closer you are the happier you’ll be! Oxford University and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) released the study proving this fun bit of knowledge last week. CAMRA is all about keeping British pub culture alive and strong bro people keep drinking beer, which ...

Things Are Good: Beer as Medicine

Beer is delicious and it can be healthy to drink on its own. Apparently, back in the day, beer was used to deliver medicine. It turns out that this isn’t a crazy idea and can be a good way to deliver need medicinal ingredients to patients. Another option was to add the herbs during the ...

PostArctica: Frontenac Export Ale

On De L’Eglise near Cool. Can’t find a lot of information about it but the brewery was in Montreal and closed in the 1970’s. Don’t recall ever hearing about it though.

The Progressive Right: Ontario’s Craft Brewers Should Reject the Beer Store Proposal ( #beer #onpoli )

It’s not often that two of my favourite things collide, but somebody got politics in my beer and beer in my politics. People who know me, know that I enjoy trying and sampling new beer. I like variety and I think we’re living in a tremendous time when lots of new craft beer options exist ...

The Progressive Right: Ontario’s Craft Brewers Should Reject the Beer Store Proposal ( #beer #onpoli )

It’s not often that two of my favourite things collide, but somebody got politics in my beer and beer in my politics. People who know me, know that I enjoy trying and sampling new beer. I like variety and I think we’re living in a tremendous time when lots of new craft beer options exist ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ontario’s liquor sales conundrum

The C.D. Howe Institute released its report on beer and wine sales in Ontario, today, advocating for a more liberal approach and allowing beer and wine to be sold in other outlets, such as supermarkets and convenience stores. You can read the report here. I have a grudging respect for the C.D. Howe Institute, but ...

Bill Longstaff: RIP—and thanks for the beer, Ed

The inventor of my favourite beer died this week. Ed McNally, former lawyer and barley farmer, who founded Big Rock Breweries in 1985 and introduced Traditional Ale (Trad to us aficionados), the world’s finest beer, a year later. Ed was a pioneer in craft beer. Unimpressed by the pale, fizzy, lagers mass-produced by the major ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Shock Top beers

Just tried two American beers from St. Louis: a Belgian White and Raspberry White, both in cans. The former has coriander, lime and lemon peel, the latter has, of course, raspberry flavour. I personally prefer the former, Susan the latter. I haven’t tried either with the slice of lime I put in most beers, but ...

Things Are Good: Beer Brings Bonus to Businesses

Something exciting is happening in Cleveland and it’s that beer is bringing a bountiful amount of success to a failing neighbourhood. Great Lakes Brewing Company (not to be confused with GLB in Toronto) is one of many brewers that are drawing people and jobs back into the core of Cleveland. What’s happening there is not ...

Melissa Fong: Amsterdam’s solution: Paying alcoholics in BEER

I’m not gonna lie… sometimes cleaning is better when drunk. Like, if you’re going to engage in something that you will hardly remember the next day- why not cleaning?  Yes, […]

LeDaro: Man produces beer in his guts

It is an interesting story. An unusual illness. Drunk without drinking. Having a beer gut took on a new meaning for a Texas man studied by U.S. researchers, who found that his overgrowth of yeast in his body was making him drunk because he was brewing beer from within. (Rick Rycroft/Associated Press “The man was ...

Dead Wild Roses: Science and Beer? – On Biodiversity

One of the few times that adding beer to the equation will make things better – an analogy between competition and diversity in the forest, and the supermarket.   And no, you may not have a Dude Beer.  : )     Filed under: Humour, Science Tagged: Beer, Biology, Diversity, Science

The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s

Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical.  There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm. St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with ...

Things Are Good: A Beer for Butterflies

Beer is delicious so it’s exciting to find out that at least one brewery is out there using their delvious suds to help a threatened species. Pelican Pub & Brewery in Oregon are using profits from one of their beers to fund the protection of butterflies from encroaching development and invasive species. Now we have ...

Things Are Good: A More Eco-Friendly Way to Distribute Beer

Local Toronto brewery Steam Whistle has taken another step to green their beer (previously) by using growlers to serve and distribute their beer. A growler is essentially a large bottle of beer which can be refilled – and there’s the green aspect. By using growlers people consume less resource-intensive cans and bottles (yes those can ...

Trashy's World: Ya wanna good beer…

… and give to a mighty worthy cause at the same time? You might remember some posts a while back about a wonderful young man – my wife’s cousin – who was ambushed by cancer. While Brian is now gone, his friends keep his memory alive by doing stuff like this in support of a ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: À propos of…

…of nothing at all.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Conservative” Beer Review

A retarded Bloggin’ Tory maroon turns his acute sensibilities and keen perceptions of world events to the more demanding task of reviewing various kinds of beer… For some bizarre reason the unfortunately named Kretin feels the need to preface everything with “Holy shit” and interlace all of his observations with profuse amounts of reflexive profanity ...

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