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Lara Lewis

Winter Beer to Warm the Cockles

The weather outside is frightful but a beer could be delightful — even if it’s not the first drink that comes to mind after a brisk day in a wintery wonderland.Most people don’t crave beer after freezing their...

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Monk-made Belgian Brews

I would like to write about a fabulous bar I went to in Whitehorse that served a wide selection of Belgian beer but, unfortunately, it doesn’t exist.Instead, I recently went to the Chambar Restaurant in downtown Vancouver...

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The Joy of Yeast

That Louis Pasteur was onto something. Seriously.People were harnessing the power of yeast to make beer for thousands of years before they actually knew what it was. Louis Pasteur figured out how it worked in the mid 1800s.He...

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The Hot and Cold of It

Beer should be served cold… Or should it?The traditional rule is that ales should be served at cellar temperature (12-16 degrees C) and lagers should be served at the temperature at which they ferment (6-10 degrees...

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Tropical Beer

While most of you poor sods were busy clothing and sheltering yourselves during the month of February, I was deciding how best to hydrate myself on a sailboat off the coast of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.The St. Lucia flag is...

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