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Seeking Beervana

Lara Lewis "Seeking Beervana"

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.


Over the past few decades, the macrobrewing industry has been punctuated by merger after merger, forming huge brewing conglomerates. For many of you it's like a family tree of people you don't care about, but for beer genealogy geeks, it will make... more

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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. I'm not against honey or Fuller's, but... more

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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. Their beer production... more

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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

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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... more

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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

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There 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. Louis Pasteur wouldn't discover... more

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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... more

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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. The expats in Malay.. more

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Making something illegal that used to be legal is a tricky road to manoeuvre. 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... more

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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. I was 15 and went to a house party — a handful of teenagers hanging out drinking and watching an old... more

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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... more

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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... more

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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

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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. Luckily, I have friends who need to geek-out over... more

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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... more

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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... more

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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). I wasn't always this way. If you... more

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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

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I like beer —anything heavier and I can easily overdo it. I just don't have the pacing right. So when I was asked to check out the Whitehorse Fine Malt Society, I didn't respond with my usual enthusiasm. After all, I still had some foggy residual... more

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