Lara Lewis


Seeking Beervana Columnist Lara Lewis has been a home brewer for years and is a certified beer judge through the American Home brew Association’s Beer Judge Certification Program.

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Kaori Torigai loves beer in much the same way others love baseball. Or World of Warcraft. Like baseball, there are a mind-boggling array of statistics to consider. And, like World of Warcraft, there is a huge cast of characters. And, as in both... more

Oct. 12, 2016 midnight Beverages


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These days, if you live in Whitehorse and you like good beer, you will find yourself nestled into one of the cushy chairs at the T & M lounge, catching up on golf highlights; you go there because it is still the only place in town that offers a wide more

Oct. 16, 2014 midnight Beverages

Over the past few decades, the macrobrewing industry has been punctuated by merger after merger, forming huge brewing conglomerates. more

Jan. 16, 2014 midnight Beverages

During my frequent beelines to the Fat Tug IPA and other craft beers at the Whitehorse Liquor Store, my eyes catch a glimpse of the solitary bottles of Fuller's Organic Honey Dew beer, but then they move on. more

Dec. 12, 2013 midnight Beverages

I wanted to write something positive about drinking beer in China. After all, they are the world`s largest consumers of beer and a major hop-growing nation. They also have the fastest-growing beer market in the world. more

Nov. 28, 2013 midnight Beverages

The problem with being a great whiskey-producing nation like Scotland is that it becomes all you're known for, Okay, there's also bagpipes, haggis and Caber tossing. But Scottish beer? more

Nov. 14, 2013 midnight Beverages

My friends and I spent Thanksgiving in Haines this year. We thought we would catch some fish, drink some beers and see some bears. Only one of those panned missions out. The fish weren't jumping, or running, or whatever fish do. We saw a few dead co more

Oct. 31, 2013 midnight Alaska

I usually wait until Christmas to lurk around the Whitehorse liquor store in search of sexy new beer products, but September brought a surprise: Guinness Black Lager. Guinness has been throwing some heavy coin into advertising this new product. more

Oct. 17, 2013 midnight Beverages

here are the purists who believe beer should be simple. The Bavarian Purity of Law of 1516, the famous Reinheitsgebot, stated that beer could only be made with water, malt (malted barley or malted wheat) and hops. more

Sep. 18, 2013 midnight Beverages

A Fat Tug by any other name would be just as hoppy. But the name of your beer can entice or drive your average beer drinker away. I probably wouldn't pick up a six pack of Camel Squirt if that beer even existed, but a bottle of the Belgian beer Verbo more

Sep. 05, 2013 midnight Beverages

It doesn't have to be an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. I believe beer can live in a symbiotic relationship with athletic pursuits. It's all about balance, expectations, pacing and choosing your sport wisely. more

Aug. 22, 2013 midnight Beverages

Opium? Sure, I understand. DDT? Makes sense. But making booze illegal after being freely produced and imbibed for hundreds of years in North America — what idiot dreamed that one up? more

Aug. 08, 2013 midnight Beverages

I've been feeling a little nostalgic about beer lately. I don't remember my first beer but I do remember my first six pack — not a pretty story. more

Jul. 25, 2013 midnight Beverages

I'm not going to tell you what you should drink. I don't care if you ferment raisins with brewers yeast in a garbage pail. I'm a laissez-faire kind of person. You can drink your Bud Light Lime, your Wildcat or your Pabst Blue Ribbon. You don't have more

Jul. 11, 2013 midnight Beverages

Humulus Lupulus = Hops. They aren't involved in the fermentation of beer. They aren't even a major component. You might have 6 kg of malt in a homebrew batch but only 30 g hops. They don't get roasted. And they occur in virtually every commercial be more

Jun. 27, 2013 midnight Beverages

We got the stern border guard at Haines customs this year. No, we're not bringing any firearms, plants or suitcases full of money, but I do have six beer entries for the homebrew competition... more

Jun. 13, 2013 midnight Alaska

If I was a better planner, I would have made my way down to Skagway at the end of April for the annual Craft Brew Festival, but sometimes my father's genes kick in and I end up a little scattered. more

May 30, 2013 midnight Alaska

Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that beer companies spend billions of dollars each year marketing products that should sell itself. But people need to be swayed by the next best thing or conscripted back into brand loyalty after straying. Put e more

May 16, 2013 midnight Beverages

The number on my phone glared at me in ugly black digits: 2,020. My Fitness Pal app wasn't being very friend-like, accusing me of eating over 2,000 calories in a single sitting. I undid the top button of my jeans and decided it was worth every bit o more

May 02, 2013 midnight Beverages

I'm an unapologetic hophead, and consider no beer too hoppy to drink. I love the constricting bitterness. I love the resiny, citrusy, nostril-doping snort of a good, hop-filled American-style India Pale Ale (IPA). more

Apr. 18, 2013 midnight Beverages

My colleague, Don Murphy, recently visited Germany and before he left, I sweet-talked him into bringing me back a special beer. Several weeks and 18,000 kilometres later, he appeared in my office with the booty: a squat bottle of Berliner Weisse. more

Apr. 04, 2013 midnight Beverages