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Finally, Ontario Gets the Beer Publication it Deserves!
If you have seen fit to pick up this inaugural edition of Original Gravity, chances are that you have at least a passing familiarity with what’s been going on in beer in this city and province over the last several years. And if you don’t, or if you’d like to freshen that knowledge, Jordan St. John’s story on Toronto brewery taprooms, found on page 16, will go a long way to updating you.
The point being that beer in these parts has changed almost immeasurably over the past three decades, from just a small handful of breweries and brewpubs – anyone remember Upper Canada Brewing? How about Denison’s? – to 41 operating within the city limits and 250 scattered across the province, according to the latest numbers from the Ontario Beverage Network, which probably became out-of-date the day after we went to print, such is the pace of brewery expansion in 2018.
Yet beer literature, never much of a thing around Ontario, simply hasn’t kept up with developments. Until now, that is.
What you hold in your hands is a beer publication of a different ilk, one that seeks to challenge as much as it does entertain, to inform as well as to provoke. You will find beer reviews, of course – Greg Clow and I take on a quintet of brews on page 22 – as well as style features and profiles of the people who work hard to bring you great-tasting beer – both starting to the right. But you will also discover within the following pages things that you might not expect to find in a beer magazine, like Robin LeBlanc’s wrenching essay of loss and community on page 19 and our quirky spotlight on The Art of Beer on the page opposite this one.
In short, what we are aiming to bring you with Original Gravity is a magazine thatís as challenging, diverse, surprising, illuminating and captivating as is the Ontario beer market we cover. In other words, the kind of beer publication this province so richly deserves!
Stephen Beaumont, Editor-in-Chief
Original Gravity magazine is expanding overseas and will launch in Toronto on May 17. Toronto-based Stephen Beaumont, one of the world’s most respected beer writers, will be its Editor-in-Chief
Daniel Neilson, publisher of the leading British beer publication Original Gravity, and Stephen Beaumont, award-winning author or co-author of 13 books on beer, including the best-selling World Atlas of Beer, are pleased to announce the launch of a unique Toronto edition of Original Gravity!
Over the past decade or more, the beer and brewery scene in Toronto has grown dramatically in both numbers and overall quality, but drinks journalism in Canada’s largest city has not kept pace with these changes, being largely confined to beer news websites and blogs. Original Gravity seeks to change that, with outstanding columns and articles from many of the beer world’s top writers, including the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Beaumont.
“Toronto has been crying out for a top beer publication for a long time,” says Beaumont, “So when Daniel approached me with the idea of launching a local version of Original Gravity, a magazine I have long admired on my visits to London, I leapt at the chance.”
Although English by birthright, publisher Neilson has roots in Canada, having worked here and being husband to a Canadian, so expanding Original Gravity to the shores of Lake Ontario was a natural move for him.
“Original Gravity in the UK is a respected publication with an interesting angle that appeals to all readers, from the merely craft beer-curious to die-hard beer enthusiasts,” says Neilson, “When I decided to launch in Canada, there was only one person to approach, and that was Stephen Beaumont, one of the world’s most respected beer writers. As editor-in-chief, Stephen will bring his vast expertise and brilliant writing to the magazine.”
To start, Original Gravity will be published quarterly, with three issues in 2018 beginning with a spring/summer edition that will launch on May 17. Featured will be Toronto-centric versions of columns popular with Original Gravity’s UK audience, including ‘The Art of Beer’ and beer style focused ‘The 6-Pack,’ as well as longer-form articles by Beaumont, Ontario Craft Beer Guide co-author Jordan St. John and others.
Specific details for the launch of the Canadian Original Gravity are still being worked out at the time of writing, but we couldn’t wait any longer to get out word that Toronto is finally about to get the beer magazine it deserves!
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