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Beer Up North

Jason McLellan is a self-professed beer geek currently residing in Sault Ste. Marie.  He wants the world to know he's damn proud of his Northern Ontario roots, even though he couldn't catch a fish if one jumped in the boat.

<b>Beer Up North:</b> Premium brewskies — the chocolate manifesto

Beer Up North: Premium brewskies — the chocolate manifesto

This week, Jason soars through chocolate clouds with a gaggle of flying monkeys in his never-ending quest to discover the world’s finest beers
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Beer appreciation in the modern age

Beer Up North: Beer appreciation in the modern age

This week, Jason examines the world wide web’s ability to keep us connected through the love of beer
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Relax and have a beer. You are on island time now!

Beer Up North: Relax and have a beer. You are on island time now!

This week, Jason welcomes back the sunny days of spring by enjoying a couple cans of Manitoulin Brewing Co.’s Swing Bridge blonde ale
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Be a sport, have a beer!

Beer Up North: Be a sport, have a beer!

In this week's Beer Up North, Jason asks the question — 'is there a sport or activity that beer can't be incorporated into?'
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Premium brewskies – character attacks and smokestacks

Beer Up North: Premium brewskies – character attacks and smokestacks

This week, Jason recounts a valuable beer-drinking lesson he once learned the hard way and steps up to try Boulevard Brewing Co.’s 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad, solely for your benefit
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Not sure what The Princess Wears Girl Pants will taste like? Enter the Cicerone Program

Beer Up North: Not sure what The Princess Wears Girl Pants will taste like? Enter the Cicerone Program

This week, Jason discusses the merits of the Cicerone certification program and how to avoid taking the excitement out of a patron’s craft beer-drinking experience
<b>Beer Up North:</b> A new Ontario beer

Beer Up North: A new Ontario beer

This week, Jason cracks a couple cans of Bear Runner Blonde Ale from New Ontario Brewing Company in North Bay and rues the day he once tried a super strong lager
<b>Beer Up North:</b> One more trip through time

Beer Up North: One more trip through time

This week in Beer Up North, Jason resolves to put down the empty beer glass of yesterday, for just a little while – but not before serving up one last half-pint of beer history
<b>Beer Up North:</b> A brief discourse on India Pale Ale

Beer Up North: A brief discourse on India Pale Ale

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Whether or not getting pale ale to British soldiers stationed in India ever constituted a true necessity is a question I’ll leave to historians; but, the desire to do so is what ultimately led to the invention of India pale ale, or IPA.
<b>Beer Up North:</b> Beer and buildings

Beer Up North: Beer and buildings

In this week's Beer Up North, Jason writes about a place in Northern Ontario where the historic, artisan spirit is alive and well — Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Kenora