Toronto Beer Blog http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com With your host, Chris Schryer Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:50:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Truly Enjoying Food — The Pleasures of the Table http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/truly-enjoying-food-pleasures-table/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=truly-enjoying-food-pleasures-table http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/truly-enjoying-food-pleasures-table/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:43:10 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3943 This post might seem contrary to my claims that when I’m hungry I redirect my energy to thankfulness, study, or service, but I can assure you, it isn’t. Writing about truly enjoying food comes directly out of reflecting on the blessing of food and community. When preparing food one thing I reflect on is being blessed by access to food, but another is the blessing of eating. Not just ingesting food, but actually *eating*. Enjoying the food; the presentation; the company. This is not a new insight, but for quite some time, I’ve been painfully aware of people who feed, not eat. What do I mean? Well, feeding is done to keep you alive.  If you don’t consume food (or....  [Read More]

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Half Way There http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/half-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=half-way http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/half-way/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:53:50 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3931 Monday marked the mid-way point of my 40 day Lenten fast. 20 days. Funny enough, it seems to have been quite long, and also feels like I just started. I thought today I would share some of the things I’ve learned so far in the process. If you’re just jumping in, you can read all about what’s going on here: http://www.torontobeerblog.com/lent-2014/hunger-games-2014/ and read the posts so far here: http://www.torontobeerblog.com/lent-2014/. Boosting The Signal People are interested. This is a late-breaking fact, but here it is: I’ve had some good coverage so far. Huffington Post published an article I wrote about the fast, which lead to a few radio interviews. Cool. Then this Sunday, my friend Jordan St. John covered my story....  [Read More]

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On Alcoholism http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/alcoholism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alcoholism http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/alcoholism/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3926 One of the things I was ready for, when I started this fast, was many different types of assumptions and misunderstandings. I’ve already covered off some in my past posts, but today is one that I wish I didn’t even have to address. I am not an alcoholic. While talking on 1010 yesterday, I was watching the screen that was showing texts coming in from listeners, and another that had tweets coming in. I know better than to give much concern to that type of commenter, but still. I was a bit amazed at how many “he’s obviously an alcoholic” type notes were coming in. I can only imagine that these people have no idea what an alcoholic actually is.....  [Read More]

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Loud Fasting http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/loud-fasting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=loud-fasting http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/loud-fasting/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:33:19 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3921  “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” — Jesus (or more specifically, Matthew 6:16-18) Oh shit…… Obviously I jest. I was familiar with that verse, and it’s implications before I started this fast. Indeed, some of my closest friends who’s opinions I sought brought this up above everything....  [Read More]

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Thrust, an IPA — Great Lakes Brewery http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/beer-review/thrust-ipa-great-lakes-brewery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thrust-ipa-great-lakes-brewery http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/beer-review/thrust-ipa-great-lakes-brewery/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:30:30 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3916 There are many excellent brewers in Toronto, but most would agree Mike Lackey at Great Lakes has a dab hand with the hops. Uncanny, you might say. He’s more than capable when it comes to barrels and sours and weird bacterias; highly talented. But he just makes great IPAs and pale ales. Canuck pale ale, for instance. Or Lake Effect IPA. [cough] Karma Citra. So when he handed me a growler (Great Lakes has a growler filler now; if you didn’t already know, rejoice) of a new IPA he made, I was a lot more than excited. My current Lenten fast has meant that opening a growler without a dance partner was a non-starter. But with the snow day today,....  [Read More]

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Little Easter http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/little-easter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=little-easter http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/little-easter/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:31:16 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3908 One of the discrepancies in different people’s observation of Lent, is when you stop. You see, the interval between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday is not, as you might think, 40 days. It’s 46. This is why J. Wilson from Beervana did a 46 day fast. He went from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. But most people you talk to, will talk about the 40 days of Lent. 40 is one of the numbers that pops up with significance in the Bible. It rained for 40 days during the flood. Moses was with God on the mountain for 40 days. The Israelites eat manna in the wilderness for 40 years. Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days. Jesus spent 40....  [Read More]

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First Friday and Saturday http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/first-friday-saturday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-friday-saturday http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/first-friday-saturday/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:48:26 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3898 When I cook, I eat. Actually, that really should say “while I cook, I eat”. One of the more unusual habits I’ve had to break, is the one of constantly tasting food I’m making, eating scraps, and just plain old eating a bit here, a spoonful there, because I quite like food. In the past two days I have done four things that all potentially carried challenges in terms of observing my fast. Bottling beer, playing hockey, grocery shopping, and preparing a lot of food today. But the food prep was the only really difficult one, and it was mainly a mental problem. I needed to go bottle more of my beer at Amsterdam (and will need to go back....  [Read More]

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Brewmaster’s Tithe — Amsterdam Brewing Co. http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/brewmasters-tithe-amsterdam-brewing-co/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brewmasters-tithe-amsterdam-brewing-co http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/brewmasters-tithe-amsterdam-brewing-co/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:23:31 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3881 Name a beer you would drink everyday. I could name dozens. Now name one that you could drink for breakfast everyday. Probably a smaller list. You can see where I’m going with this, I’m sure. Before I had even actually committed to doing this fast (if you’re just tuning-in, I’m fasting from food for Lent), I reached out to a good friend, Iain McOustra, Brewmaster at Amsterdam Brewing Co. All I said was “If I was going to fast from food for Lent, would you help me make a beer to drink so I don’t starve?”. He immediately said yes. Rather than getting into the history of beer during Lent (that’s for another day, but suffice to say, some monks....  [Read More]

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Ash Wednesday http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/ash-wednesday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ash-wednesday http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/lent-2014/ash-wednesday/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:39:00 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3875 And so starts the fast. It’s Ash Wednesday, the day in the Christian year that marks the start of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. I announced a while ago, that I was planning on fasting from food for Lent, and will be getting sustenance from a beer I made at Amsterdam, as well as clear liquids.  It’s kind of crazy, I know. Yes, part of this is to be able to write about the experience, for the sake of this blog and likely in some other places too. But it also a practice of spiritual discipline.  While Christianity (and particularly Anglicanism, the flavour of church I worship in) doesn’t require full fasts like this, some form of....  [Read More]

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Springbock — Amsterdam Brewing Co. http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/beer-review/springbock-amsterdam-brewing-co/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=springbock-amsterdam-brewing-co http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/beer-review/springbock-amsterdam-brewing-co/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:18:48 +0000 http://www.TorontoBeerBlog.com/?p=3872 Depite the fact that we are again in the throes of a polar vortex (which I suppose is better than a Peruvian Sharknado), spring is just around the corner. Hiding like a sadistic child wearing a planet of the apes mask, waiting to terrify their kid-sister. Except that in this case, the terror is in the waiting. Unsure that, despite decades of personal experience, spring might never come. Well you need to relax, it is coming, and one of the early indicators is the return of maibock beers. These are the bocks that Germans brew to be enjoyed as the weather moves from shockingly cold, to manageable-while-wearing-a-sweater. When you can stand outside on a patio, not wearing gloves or a....  [Read More]

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