Prior to the NDP taking power in 2015, Alberta enjoyed the best market for beer in all of Canada. Although, it was by no means perfect, Albertans were able to enjoy a far greater selection of products from around the world at a much more competitive price than any other consumers in any other province. Then the tinkering started.
Even before Canada's Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a "ground-breaking" and "historic" agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. One key omission was immediately evident. When it comes to alcohol, the agreement will establish "a working group on alcoholic beverages, which will explore opportunities to improve trade in beer, wine and spirits across Canada."
Nothing pairs better during a hot summer day than a cold beer, and there's no better way to experience that cold beer than at the best beer festivals across the country. From coast to coast, Canadians have taken a dedicated interest in craft beer, and it shows; many new beer festivals have popped up in the last few years, and despite being relatively new, have grown to substantial proportions.
We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.
When hosting a dinner party, it's almost become second nature to make sure there are a couple bottles of wine at the ready. In fact, most guests will even bring a bottle or two to make sure there is ample supply for the evening. While it's true that wine and food pairing has been a customary part of history for ages, this dedication to serving appropriate wine and food pairings is a relatively recent cultural phenomenon. We think it's time to get back to discovering great beer pairings.
On October 29, the Calgary Herald reported that big changes would be coming that will affect craft brewing in the province. Brewers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C. would receive favoured treatment while beer originating from outside of these provinces will be taxed 20 to 30 per cent more than suds originating from within.
Once the site of the largest distillery in the British Empire, former factories have been transformed into pedestrian-only village with Toronto's coolest designer boutiques, cafes, restaurants, artisan shops and art galleries. It's so trendy that even the dead are squatters -- the Distillery District has long been considered a haunted site.
Up until now, Real Sports Bar & Grill and the Toronto Blue Jays shared some uncanny qualities. Both are well known brands and ongoing support for these entities are due to hopes for a positive experience. But instead, we end up with subpar sentiments -- the former with drab & dismally made bar food and the latter with season after disappointing season.
In modern Canada, trade in beer is tightly controlled by our governments. In many ways, prohibition era sentiments still imbue how it's regulated. According to federal law, the only beer permitted to cross provincial borders must be purchased by or on behalf of an agent of the Crown. It's this federal law that created Canada's provincial liquor monopolies.
The jig is up! After exploring Norfolk County, I'm sharing four of the best kept (and delicious!) secrets about the culinary scene in Ontario's Southwest. In Ontario's Southwest, chefs and food providers embrace "farm to fork" philosophies, creating dishes from fresh fare growing in the surrounding farm fields.