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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TAPS: Canada's Beer Magazine - Summer Issue

The summer issue of TAPS: Canada's Beer Magazine was recently released and is now available on newsstands across the country.

This is a big issue. Over 90 pages of beer facts, brewery news, interviews with brewers, international brewery profiles and drinking hotspots, beer reviews and much much more.

Without giving away what the entire magazine contains, here is a sneak peek at what some of the writers put on paper.

Stephen Beaumont weighs in on the "Does Size Matter" debate when it comes to the alcohol strength of beer and he doesn't believe it does - perspective does.

Mirella Amato takes readers on a trip to the Benelux brewpub in Montreal where she talks to head brewer and part owner, Benoit Mercier. Amato also interviews Gordon Strong in the Quaffs, Questions + Answers feature, who happens to be the President of the Beer Judge Certification Program

Bill White once again works with editor, Karla Dudley, to put together the Perfect Pair section of the magazine, matching food with the right beer. White was in Boston for the Craft Brewers Conference and wrote about his time there, and he also profiles the world's oldest brewery - Weihenstephan.

Craig Pinhey questions how the ANBL gets away with releasing their own brands of beer (Selection Lager) and why the local craft breweries weren't allowed to bid on the contract to brew it. It's a great look at something that didn't get much attention in this part of the country. Pinhey also judged in the Garrison Ultimate Brew-Off competition and shared his insiders view of how the challenge unfolded.

Joe Wiebe wrote a great article on Granville Island's 25th anniversary.

Greg Clow choose Belgian Witbier as the style to profile in his Beer Styles 101 column and made me thirsty. Clow also covered this years Brewers Plate event for the magazine.

Connie Proteau takes a trip to BC's Salmon Arm to have lunch at the Barley Station Brew Pub with the owners and brewmaster.

Sam Corbeil continues his Confessions of a New Brewer column with a witty article about the difference between standing behind the serving table at an event as opposed to being the sampler.

Roger Mittag shares some tips on tasting and reviewing beer.

I interviewed Anders Kissmeyer of the Danish brewery Norrebro Bryghus for my Burtch on Beer column when he was in Toronto to help host the Danish beer dinner at beerbistro. I also interviewed Scott Kerkmans, Chief Beer Officer for Four Points by Sheraton Hotels. Kerkmans also wrote his first article in the magazine.

There is a lot more inside the 95 pages, including regional beer news, beer reviews by our Tasting Panel, a profile of the Great Western Brewing Co. in Saskatchewan and news of another Bill Perrie book on pubs.

TAPS is available at select Chapters/Indigo nation-wide and at many independent book and magazine retail outlets from coast-to-coast. Subscriptions for the magazine can be purchased by visiting the TAPS website ( or by calling 416-536-9100. On-line digital versions of the magazine can also be purchased for the low yearly price of $12. Click here for more details.

Thank you to all our advertisers (in no particular order):
Ontario Craft Breweries,
Muskoka Beer Festival,
Grand River Brewing Company,
C'est What,
Granite Brewery,
Creemore Springs Brewery,
The 3 Brewers,
Pump House Brewery,
Great Lakes Brewing Co.,
Innis and Gunn,
Picaroon's, and
Draft Care.

If you are interested in advertising in the Fall Issue, please feel free to contact me at the email address listed at the top of this blog, or email me at

1 comment:

Marshall said...

I think Taps just keeps getting better and better. Keep up the good work.

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