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J. Random

J. Random has been penning the Ullage & Spillage column for What's Brewing since 2003.


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A Bright Future for Brewing in BC

By J. Random
  • August 19, 2019
For craft brewers, the quality of the ingredients they use to make beer is critical. Each of the natural products they source from their many suppliers can vary from year to year or even batch to batch.
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Brewmaster Tony Dewald: the Wizard of Hops

By J. Random
  • March 13, 2019
Rock star is a term that has occasionally been used to describe certain iconic BC brewers. Trading Post’s brewmaster Tony Dewald most definitely suits that label, but unlike others, he is doubly qualified: as a star musician in his youth, and as a star brewer today.
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What’s Bruin: The Career of Iain Hill

By J. Random
  • September 13, 2018
To BC’s current generation of craft beer enthusiasts, owner and brewer Iain Hill might be recognized as one of the brains behind Strange Fellows Brewing Company. His influence on BC’s beer scene, however, runs more broadly and deeply than even longtime fans might know.
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Sending Back A Beer!

By J. Random
  • March 21, 2018

The question is: when is that beer unacceptable? When do you send it back? I started writing this article after smelling diacetyl-bomb as I raised a glass of stout to…

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Ullage & Spillage: Riot Is Their Life

By J. Random
  • December 12, 2017
Aly Tomlin and Ralf Rosenke decided early on they would retain control of their dream brewery, no matter what it took, and it took a lot out of them. The enormous grins on their faces today when you turn up at Riot Brewing are a joy to see for those of us occasionally exposed over the last 7 years to their brief flashes of welcoming smile, rapidly sliding off their lips followed by the refrain “still plugging away”.
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Ullage & Spillage: The Craft Beer is Out There

By J. Random
  • October 20, 2017
I am always delighted when I hear of a new craft brewery opening up in one of BC’s smaller towns, confirming another place I can go without fearing poor choice in my favourite tipple. However, I am wondering of our readers can beat my tale of possibly the remotest establishment where you can currently buy and consume craft beer in BC.
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Is That A Taster Bat In The Corner? Why Yes!

Ullage & Spillage

By J. Random
  • August 2, 2017

Instinctual Beer Tourism in Seoul So, the Daedonggang this British-Canadian was sipping in an Italian restaurant in D-Cube City was not produced by the North Korean regime, as Google had suggested, but…

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Ullage & Spillage: a decade of community service

By J. Random
  • March 30, 2017
When I think about pillars in the BC craft beer community, the first person to emerge from my random-access memory is What’s Brewing’s very own Monica Frost. In 2017, she celebrates ten years of craft community service. Here’s how she got her start.
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Ullage and Spillage

By J. Random
  • September 1, 2016

It's R&B, But Better! R&B Brewing is back baby! If you want proof, crack open a bottle of their Vancouver Special IPA and smell the hop aroma. Of course, die-hard…

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