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Lara Lewis

Near Beer Part 2: Faux Phobia

Did you Read Part One?In my last article I slagged the North American breweries for slacking off in the non-alcoholic beer department. The non-alcoholic beers I’ve tried from this side of the pond all failed miserably in...

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Near Beer: Part 1

Perhaps the most unspeakable adulteration of beer is the complete, or near-complete, removal of alcohol to make those sad, non-alcoholic shadows-of-their-former-selves near beers that men drink during sympathetic pregnancies,...

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Respect in a Tall Glass

If you’ve ever been to a Belgian beer bar you know that those Belgians have a different glass for every type of beer, bless their souls. It seems gimmicky, but they take their beer seriously.I was in Brussels during the...

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Iron Chef Beer Pairing

I am a non-reciprocator—people invite me to their houses for fabulous meals. I eat, and weeks later I think about having them over… and then I think too much…Time keeps passing and I somehow get invited back to their...

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Too Much Like Funkytown

If your beer tastes like cardboard, you might want to reconsider drinking it.It was probably stored in a heated room, which accelerated the oxidation process, creating that flat, wet paper flavour.If you crack a bottle of your...

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We Have Your Beer

When I travelled to Toronto for work in March, my first impression was how I desperately needed new shoes and maybe a decent city coat not covered in lint and dust.My second impression of Toronto was that of a beer...

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