The foreign brewers who own The Beer Store may be price-gouging Ontario bar and restaurant owners

This post originally appeared on Toronto Life's website on February 18, 2014.  Coors Light, Budweiser and Molson Canadian aren’t particularly pricey brands of beer—unless you own a bar or restaurant in Ontario. For the province’s tens of thousands of liquor licensees, these premium beer brands come at huge markup. Take a case of Canadian. For a … Continue reading The foreign brewers who own The Beer Store may be price-gouging Ontario bar and restaurant owners

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Anthony Rose would like you to stop calling his cuisine “comfort food.”

This article was originally published online and in the print edition of Post City Magazine as "Chef Profile: Anthony Rose, the man behind Rose and Sons and the newly opened Big Crow."  Although he’s become known for upscale versions of the sort of simple fare that’s currently enjoying a moment, Anthony Rose, of Rose and Sons, … Continue reading Anthony Rose would like you to stop calling his cuisine “comfort food.”

A brief history of the first brewery in Toronto

Originally published on blogTO June 27, 2012 The history of Toronto is closely tied to beer, and while there are varying stories about the exact date and location of the city's first brewery (and a requisite bit of mystery), virtually all are in agreement that there was a brewery very early in the city's history. … Continue reading A brief history of the first brewery in Toronto

Inside Still Waters Distillery

This post originally appeared on BlogTO on May 2, 2012 Barry Stein and Barry Bernstein, co-founders of Still Waters Distillery, are playing a waiting game. Because Canadian liquor laws require that Canadian whisky is aged at least three years before it can be sold, the duo, operating a small micro-distillery in Concord, Ontario, are patiently waiting for the … Continue reading Inside Still Waters Distillery

It Would Be Weirder if Rob Ford Attended Pride

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post Canada on April 19, 2012. Wednesday morning, once again citing an obligation to attend his family's own annual gathering at his cottage in Muskoka, mayor Rob Ford stated he will not be attending Toronto's Pride Parade. While much has already been said this and last year about the mayor's … Continue reading It Would Be Weirder if Rob Ford Attended Pride