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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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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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But I’m Not Bitter

By J. Random
  • May 23, 2016

With a few exceptions, notably Baldwin and Cooper’s Best Bitter from Howe Sound, the BC craft brewing industry was reluctant to use the word bitter for about the first 20…

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Session Beers and India Session Ales

By J. Random
  • September 9, 2015
According to that font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, a definition of 4.5% ABV or less has been proposed by beer writer Lew Bryson. I would heartily support that notion. In contrast, the Brewers Association has adopted a new session beer category within their Great American Beer Fest competition, with an alcohol content not to exceed 4.1% ABW (5.1% ABV).
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