TORONTO, ON – A new book exploring the history of brewing in Ontario written by two of the province’s foremost beer writers/bloggers is being officially released today by The History Press.
Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay – a collaborative work from Alan McLeod (A Good Beer Blog) and Jordan St. John (St. John’s Wort and QMI-syndicated beer columnist) – is described as follows:
Ontario boasts a potent mix of brewing traditions. Where Europeans explored, battled and settled, beer was not far behind, bringing the simple magic of brewing to Ontario in the 1670s. Early Hudson’s Bay Company traders brewed in Canada’s Arctic as Loyalist refugees brought the craft north in the 1780s. Early 1900s temperance activists drove the industry largely underground but couldn’t dry up the quest to quench Ontarians’ thirst. The heavy regulation that then replaced prohibition centralized surviving breweries. Today, independent breweries are booming and writing their own chapters in the Ontario beer story. Beer historians and writers Alan McLeod and Jordan St. John have tapped the cask of Ontario brewing to bring the complete story to light, from foam to dregs.