New(ish) Blog Alert: Great Canadian Pubs and Beer

Some time ago, I was lamenting about the fact that the number of Canadian beer bloggers seemed to be disproportionately low in comparison to our American counterparts. There hasn’t been a huge change since then, but I’m happy to report that at least one newcomer has joined our ranks, with more enthusiasm than the rest of us combined.

troyburtch.jpgGreat Canadian Pubs & Beer was launched by a young fella named Troy Burtch back on August 13th, and in less than 2 months, he’s already made 47 posts on, well, pubs and beers in Canada. It took me something like 7 months to reach that same point. Yikes!

I really like what he’s doing with his blog. While it’s fine and good to rate and review beers, and debate the merits of a particular style, and delve into some of the business behind it, and so on and so forth, beer lovers need to remember that beer is a social drink, and where you drink can be just as important as what you drink. A whole bunch of us wrote about this for an instalment of The Session a few months back, but it’s great to see someone writing about beer and pub culture on a regular basis – especially from a Canadian perspective. It’s something that Pint & A Smoke was set to focus on, but that blog is seemingly abandoned now, so I’m glad someone else has taken up the gauntlet. Or the pint glass, rather.

Welcome, Troy. Keep it up.


One response to “New(ish) Blog Alert: Great Canadian Pubs and Beer

  1. Thanks for the kind words Greg. It is always nice to know that people out there enjoy reading my blog. I got into this when I was living back in Halifax and read Nicholas Pashley’s book Notes on a Beermat. I thought it sounded like fun trying new and unique pubs and I came to the realization that Canada is a social country full of great pubs and it would be fun to write about them as I try them. It is a pretty expensive hobby, but I have met some great people along the way and look to meet many many more.

    See you soon.

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