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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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Bramling Cross: How Canada Gave Britain this Special Hop

By J. Random
For me in 2020, staying home and stewing has meant staying home and brewing. I brew classic British styles because the mild, bitter, and old ales I crave are rarely produced by BC brewers. It turns out that during my early days of homebrewing in the UK, my two favourite hops had Canadian origins.
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Legends of DIX Pt I: Birth of CAMRA Vancouver

By J. Random
30 years ago, the craft beer enthusiast movement found fertile ground on Vancouver Island when both CAMRA Victoria and What's Brewing were established. Thirteen years later, CAMRA would establish its first permanent beachhead on the BC mainland. WB contributor J. Random provides a look back at CAMRA Vancouver's early days at the legendary DIX BBQ & Brewery, and the eventual loss marked by Four Beers & A Funeral.
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A Brief, Opinionated, History Of Cider

By J. Random
From our Spring 2020 magazine, aka The Cider Issue: Longtime columnist J. Random breaks down the history of cider from Europe to British Columbia. --- About the time our ancestors came down from the trees, they developed a taste—or at least tolerance—for the alcohol that naturally develops in rotting fruit. These evolving hunter-gatherers might have fermented a beverage from collected fruit well before agriculture.
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SELF-SERVING IT, RIGHT?

By J. Random
Self-serve craft beer bars, as seen in the USA, are great for those of us not endowed with patience to wait for a server to come by our table. But self-service of liquor is not permitted in British Columbia, so don’t look for self-serve beer walls in this province any decade soon.
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A Bright Future for Brewing in BC

By J. Random
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
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
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

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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