Chris Schryer
As the founder of, Chris has spent much of the past few years perched on bar stools in some of the finest beer bars in Southern Ontario. His posts range from beer reviews to interviews to news and events, and even the occasional opinionated beer-related editorial. He is also the cellarman at his local bar, Castro's Lounge, where he maintains the four cask beer lines, as well as the draught and bottle selection. In a past life, he did his apprenticeship cooking at a French bistro, and still can make a mean crème brûlée.

Entries by Chris Schryer

Why I'm Not Eating Food For 40 Days

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:27 PM

On Wednesday, March 5, at about 12:40 a.m. I ate 7 delicious samosas. I haven't had a bite since. I have taken on the seemingly crazy goal of fasting from solid food for the 40 days of Lent.

I will be consuming only clear liquids, and a daily multivitamin. The...

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Drinking During Pregnancy: The Ultimate Taboo

(11) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:42 PM

When was the last time you saw a pregnant woman sipping a beer? If you are North American, the answer might be never. You might also be surprised to learn that in much of Europe, it's actually not unusual at all. Now, more and more women I know are choosing...

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A Brew to Celebrate Beer and Hockey

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM

From the owner's box at the Bell Centre to the change room at the local rink after a pick-up game in Whitehorse, there is one thing that is clear: beer and hockey go together. So it is no surprise that the NHL Alumni Association reached out to partner...

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The Glass That Makes Beer Taste Better

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:17 PM

How do you drink your beer? Do you swig it straight from the bottle or can? Do you have a favourite glass? Do you observe the somewhat eccentric and detailed minutiae of beer-glass-style heuristics?

As a beer writer, I'm no slouch when it comes to things to put my beer...

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Summer Beer Guide: Campfire Beers

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 5:03 PM

While there are many things about summer that I love, one of my most beloved activities is having a campfire. And whether you are gathered around a crackling blaze in a backyard fire-pit, sitting under the stars at a cottage, or making camp after a five hour canoe into the...

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Summer Beer Guide: BBQ Beers

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about beer styles and seasonality is about stouts and porters; most people think of them as beers only for winter. This is dead wrong.

Stouts and porters, particularly higher alcohol ones, can be perfect beers for a long cold Canadian winter. However, when thinking...

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Summer Beer Guide: Lawnmower Beers

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Even Michael Jackson (the English beer writer, not the American pop star) -- a man who played a huge part in the the renaissance of great beer in the U.K. in the 1970s and also in the concept of beer styles in general -- felt that you needed a simple...

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Summer Beer Guide: Sour Ales

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:14 PM

So far we have discussed two summer styles that many people are probably familiar with: wheat beers of both the German and Belgian styles, and fruit beers that can range from simple light lime lagers through to big fruity pale ales. Today we are going to...

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Summer Beer Guide: Fruit Beer

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Continuing along with our exploration of summer beer styles, the next most obvious category after wheat beers (which we explored last week), are fruit beers.

Fruit beers are, well, fruity. Bright and refreshing, they really vary quite a bit, depending both on the fruit used, as well...

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Summer Beer Guide: Wheat Beer

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 7:58 AM

As the weather warms up, every beer blogger and his cousin are compiling lists of their summer beers for 2013. This isn't inherently a bad thing, and often it might lead you to a new beer you had not tried before. It could also leave you crying into your lager,...

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How I Judge the "Best Beer"

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:19 PM

Westvleteren 12 has been making some news in Canada over the past few days. This ultra-rare Trappist ale (actually made by Trappist monks in a monastery in Vleteren Belgium), is hardly available outside Belgium.

Based on ratings on various beer sites, it is one of the best beers in...

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The Community Event Every City Should Emulate

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 8:18 AM

The Red Carpet is buzzing. Flashbulbs popping, interviewers shouting questions, fans waving signs and asking for autographs; it feels like early September at TIFF. Except this is late fall, and the people walking into the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema aren't Hollywood Starlets and Studs, but ordinary people from the community....

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Why Do Breasts Always Have to Sell Beer?

(29) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:58 PM

I get emails from public relations companies all the time. Generally for medium to large breweries announcing a new product or event, but there are exceptions to that.

The other day I got a message about a bar opening in Toronto. It doesn't really matter what bar it is,...

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