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Canada’s Love Affair with India Pale Ale

Behind the colourful name of India Pale Ale is a colourful history: from the 1820s, the beer was brewed in the English Midlands and shipped in casks down to Brazil, around the Cape of Good Hope, and up to India, where, having aged over the rough journey, it was enthusiastically quaffed by English colonists. Nearly 200 years later, in another former colony, it’s surging in popularity. But why are so many Canadian brewers now making IPAs?

Retail Activist

The signs on the doors of Selfridges’ flagship department store on Oxford Street in London promote giving “the gift of self-indulgence.” Having sold an £85 sandwich, a £1,000 Swarovski-encrusted water bottle, an £1,800 Spanish ham, and a £10,000 children’s electric car, Selfridges is not exactly known for preaching restraint. And yet, in launching Project Ocean, its creative director, Alannah Weston, is doing just that.

Fusion Whisky

It’s been said that Amrut Distillery makes the best whisky outside of Scotland (by Whisky Magazine, 2011), the third-best whisky in the world (by Jim Murray, in Whisky Bible 2010), or the best whisky in the world (Malt Advocate magazine, 2011). And yet, it doesn’t put the age of its single malts on its bottles. Why? It’s afraid no one would buy them.

“Feminine Cuisine” at Montreal’s High Lights Festival

When your profession is dominated by male workaholics, the climb to the top can be dangerous. At 22, Renata Vanzetto has the scars to prove it: they run in ridges along her forearms and intersect the lines on her hands. But today, her biggest challenge is not to smile.

London’s Ale Taster

Great Britain’s pubs are closing at a disconcerting rate – 39 a week according to figures published earlier this year – as duty increases and the smoking ban have driven customers to drink at home instead. And yet, in the nation’s capital, a newly appointed Ale Taster is on a year-long pub crawl; according to Steve Williams, the glass is half-full.


Since James Watt and Martin Dickie started their small craft brewery in northeast Scotland in April 2007, they’ve become the target of a number of choice epithets. Various Scottish organizations have called BrewDog “irresponsible,” “grotesque,” “abhorrent,” and “perverse.” The eminent English beer writer Roger Protz has even branded them “egomaniacs.”