First off, apologies for the false start. After the madness that was the holiday season, I returned to work to find a huge pile of work on my disk and, because I'm a glutton for punishment, spent my spare time applying to grad school. I'm happy to report that the work is done and, to my (and my wallet's) shock, I'll be attending the London School of Economics this year for my masters'.
Unfortunately for those of you who share my affliction, an interest in Canadian politics, it's time for something completely different. Says right there on the right, this blog is about politics and beer. I don't have it in me to comment on politics everyday. I could, however, blather on about beer forever. It's an obsession. Has been for about five years, when I took my first trip to Belgium. The walls of my condo are covered in vintage Guinness posters. I have an IKEA Billy Bookcase specifically purchased for my embarrassingly large collection of beer glasses. I've been known to buy into special orders from Belgium, the US and, weirdly, Denmark. I'm that guy who never has any "normal" beer in the fridge when he hosts a party.
I love the stuff. And, lucky for me, unlike the uh... "stability"... of our current political situation, the Canadian beer scene is in a state of flux. Ontario brewers are finally starting to get creative. The LCBO, that infamous holdover from prohibition, is finally showing an interest in quality beer from Canada and around the world. Even a couple years ago I never would have imagined having access to an Imperial Coffee Stout from Quebec, bitter American IPAs, oak aged ales from Scotland, or a stout brewed to taste like creme brulee. It's a good time to be a beer geek.
So, where does the beer come in at King of the Shiners? I'm envisioning a weekly feature, a virtual tasting. Every Friday I'll pick a random beer from the LCBO and put up a brief description of the beer, the style and my personal tasting notes. My hope is that some of you might be brought into the beer geek fold, and that those of you already there can have another spot on the web to discuss your favourite beverage. It's a way to enjoy a quality product, relax, and forget about the shitshow that is Canadian federal politics for just a moment.