The top 10 Twitter accounts for Toronto beer fans
With the recent groundswell of small and independent brewers in Ontario, social media has proven an increasingly popular (and affordable) tool with which to promote one's brewery. Accordingly, so too have the resources available to beer fans to track all that news.
At the risk of giving away roughly 90% of most beer writer's resources, here are the 10 best twitter accounts for keeping up to date with all things beer in Toronto.
While it may seem like a stretch to include a brewery's twitter account on a list of the best Toronto beer Twitter accounts, when you consider that a) Bellwoods is currently making some of the best beer in the province, b) that beer frequently sells out in one or two days, and c) their twitter account is usually the first place to drop news of their beer's release, it's definitely worth paying attention to Bellwoods' tweets. Add to that the fact that they frequently tweet links to their informative, well-written, and visually interesting website and following @bellwoodsbeer is a no brainer.
Your patience has been rewarded! Our 2014 version of Bring Out Your Dead, an imperial stout aged in... http://t.co/6jkbNG2DjO— Bellwoods Brewery (@bellwoodsbeer) November 4, 2014
More than simply the promotional twitter account for one of Toronto's best craft beer bars (which this is), the barVolo Twitter account features daily updates about the venue's rotating regional taps and cask ales selection and frequent retweeted news about exciting new imports to Ontario via the bar owners' import business Keep 6 Imports and the Volo owners other beer-related enterprises, including the always-epic Cask Days.
Beer guy Cass Enright has his finger in a lot of beer pies (mmm, beer pie). He's the creator of the gossip-y message board The Bar Towel (like the TMZ of beer except with less drug-addled former teen stars and more snarky reference to diacetyl), the founder of the Golden Tap Awards, the Brewery Market, the Brewer's Backyard and both the Toronto and Ottawa Bourbon Week. Accordingly, his Twitter account is chock full of local beer goodies (and also the occasional photographic sojourn to foreign beer destinations)
The Indie Alehouse
Given that Jason Fisher, the owner of Indie Alehouse and the voice behind the twitter account, doesn't sell his beer in the LCBO or The Beer Store and isn't a member of any trade organization, he sort of has free reign to say whatever he wants on social media--and he usually does. A handy source for news about new beer and events a Indie, Fisher's Twitter account is just as likely to serve up tirades against the province as it is to trade barbs with trolls.
Easily the Twitter feed on this list most likely to drop references you won't understand, St. John, a published author and nationally syndicated beer columnist, often crams more historical content into 140 characters than seems humanly possible. If you like lengthy and philosophical conversations on beer and extended arguments with Beer Store employees, follow Jordan.
For those of you considering the Fin du Monde Methuselah, understand you can get the same amount of that beer for 105 dollars less everyday.— Jordan St.John (@saints_gambit) November 3, 2014
LCBO Beer Watch
Tracking beer and cider releases as well as price updates, this not-affiliated-with-the-LCBO Twitter account lets you know when something new arrives on shelves [NEW], when something is no longer available [DISCONTINUED], when the price of a beer changes [PRICE INCREASE] and even if a certain beer comes out in a new bottle [NEW FORMAT]. Plus, it includes aggregate ratings from Untappd, BeerAdvocate, and RateBeer. Exceedingly handy if you want to know the minute your fave Corona product goes on sale, bro.
Mom 'n Hops Ontario
The Twitter account of beer news aggregate site Mom n' Hops, publisher Chris Burek frequently tweets not just his own content but also links to articles about beer industry news and retweets of comments made by Ontario's craft breweries.
Valuable not so much for their original tweets as their retweeted content, the social media arm of the Ontario Craft Brewers trade organization shares content not just from their member breweries but a plethora of beer writers, Ontario beer bars, events, and organizations. The tone is fairly "markety" but if you want the scoop on new beers and Ontario events, this feed is gold.
Johnson is the beer writer for blogTO and maintains the popular website Ben's Beer Blog. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Golden Tap Award for the Best Beer Writer in Ontario. His Twitter account is equal parts beer news, political outrage, and jokes made in poor taste. No stranger to shamless self promotion, he may or may not have devised the concept for the entire article you just read in order to get more Twitter followers.
Proposed new concept for @CBCRadioQ: I'm the host and I still interview celebs, except now everyone is just hammered drunk. Call me, CBC.— Ben Johnson (@Ben_T_Johnson) November 3, 2014
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