Name of Blog: The Brew Head
Location: Guelph, ON
Tell us a little about yourself?
28 years ago, I was born in Peterborough, Ontario. When I’m not reviewing craft beer, I’m a Graphic Designer with my business, World on Mute Designs (http://www.worldonmute.com). I currently live in Guelph, ON., the home of Wellington Brewery and F&M Brewery with my wife. I’m hard of hearing (but I like to think that it heightens my sense of taste- which might be why I appreciate a good beer!).
How did you get into craft beer?
When I lived in Port Credit, a ‘neighbourhood’ of Mississauga, I used to get Old Credit Brewing (Pale Pilsner, Amber Ale, and Holiday Honey) all the time. There wasn’t really any pubs in Port Credit that were serving craft beer, it was all about the big guys. I started going to the LCBO for my ‘fix’, randomly picking up tallboys from Ontario Craft Breweries. Before I knew it, I was the guy all my friends were asking about good beer.
Since moving away from Mississauga, I’ve heard that Port Credit now has a couple of pubs serving craft beer, which is fantastic.
How long have you been writing your blog? What made you start to write?
I started The Brew Head back in November 2012, just 9 months ago. Before I started the blog, I was being asked for recommendations by family and friends. I figured that I would start the blog to post reviews. Since then, I’ve worked on ‘toning’ my writing skills. It’s going fairly well and I’m having a lot of fun with The Brew Head. I drink beer for a cause; to spread the word about delicious beer provided by local breweries! (At least when I say that, my wife doesn’t give me cut-eye for drinking on a Monday!)
Why did you choose the name?
When I first started the blog, I didn’t know what to call it. Bring a web developer and graphic designer by trade, I wanted to be creative with the name. The Brew Head just came to me after I did some research, checking out domain availability. My personal business is called World on Mute Designs, clearly a play on my disability- I was looking for a new way to distinguish myself. Brew on Mute? Naw! I also took some of my branding and logo ideas into consideration.
Favourite beer style(s)?
IPA, Imperial IPA, and Imperial Stout. I love strong brews.
Wellington Brewery (delicious, and just up the road!), Great Lakes Brewery, Oast House Brewers, & Left Field Brewery.
Are you a home brewer? If yes, what is your favourite creation?
I will be a home brewer, hopefully by next summer. I’m in the process of getting the proper equipment and reading the books. My first home brew will be either a simple IPA or a Brown Ale.
Favourite beer & food pairing?
Pale Ales & Burgers. Especially when it’s my homemade burgers- a recipe that I won’t give up any time soon!
If you could work with or for any brewery which one would it be, and why?
Wellington Brewery. It’s right here in Guelph, ON. I would love to be at meetings where they discuss upcoming Welly One-Offs. I’m a big fan of how they support local artists here in Guelph by getting them to design labels for their beer like the Terrestrial India Brown Ale and Shangri-La IPA.
If you had to recommend one craft beer to someone who has never had a beer before… what would it be & why?
This is a pretty tough question. For a beer drinkin’ first timer, there is a lot of options out there. I wouldn’t run the risk of giving them a extremely hoppy beer like Mad Tom or Boneshaker. I would give them a bottle of Left Field Brewery’s Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale. If this person is used to cocktails, I would look for something that has a fruity undertones such as Spearhead Brewing’s Hawaiian-Style Pale or Amsterdam’s KLB Raspberry.
Favourite beer festival?
Session Toronto. It is truly an amazing time bonding with fellow craft beer fans and the brewers.
And last but not least…
Everyone says they’ve had a ‘life changing’ epiphany on how they discovered or truly fell in love with craft beer. What was that moment for you?
The love of India Pale Ales. No, not Keith’s. All in seriousness though, I would have to thank Muskoka Brewery’s Mad Tom, Amsterdam Brewery’s Boneshaker, Railway City Brewing Co’s Dead Elephant IPA for making me such a hophead these days. Like most college/university students, I used to drink beer just to get drunk; these brews made me reconsider beer as a beverage. It’s something to be savoured, not guzzled.