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Globe and Mail

Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:59 pm, by Mirella

…Amato released her first book, Beerology, last month. Its format, with a focus on four different types of “brews” – refreshing, mellow, striking and captivating – is unconventional, more choose-your-own-adventure than textbook. Accompanied by charts and graphs developed by Amato…

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LA Times (online)

Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:56 pm, by Mirella

…She covers such topics as the basics of the brewing process, beer styles, tasting and food pairings with a direct and elucidative style. She even manages to bring something new to the chapters on beer styles; she’s organized the different types of beer into novel groups…

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Canada.com (online)

Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:44 pm, by Mirella

Mirella Amato isn’t about to tell you which beers you should be drinking. In fact, as Amato writes in her first book Beerology (Appetite by Random House, 2014) she believes that “every beer is worth trying at least once.” As Canada’s only Certified Master Cicerone…

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Are we losing sight of the craft?

Posted June 17, 2014 | 10:43 am, by Mirella

While at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver this past spring, I head a comment that has stayed with me. The comment was made during a session called ‘Using Belgian Yeast – Three Belgians’ Perspectives’ by one of the speakers, Yvan De Baaets, brewer and owner of Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels. It was just an aside, but it really got me thinking. This is what he said: “There is a big tendency now to use yeast as an ingredient.” This […]

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Not My Top 10 Picks

Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:17 am, by Mirella

…or How I picked the style examples listed in my new book Having taken the time to explain at length why I don’t make beer recommendations, in an earlier blog post, I thought I would take a moment to share how I selected the beer examples listed in the Beer Styles chapter of my first book,Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More. While the listed beers are recommendations, they are based on stylistic accuracy and geography rather than on my personal taste. For those […]

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Publisher’s Weekly (Online)

Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:56 pm, by Mirella

Whether she’s appearing on TV to talk about beer or offering tasting and consultation services through her company, Beerology, Mirella Amato is a beer-world star—one of only seven people on the globe (and the first person outside the U.S.) to earn the title of Master Cicerone…

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Top 10 Picks

Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:17 am, by Mirella

The only question I get more often than “what is it like being a woman in the beer industry?” is “what is yourfavourite beer?” Every media request that I receive includes questions like: Which do you think are the top 10 Canadian breweries? What are 5 recommended brands for patio season? Which new releases should we be seeking out? What do you think of X brand? Which breweries should we be keeping an eye out for? What are your top […]

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Beer in New Zealand

Posted November 29, 2013 | 11:00 am, by Mirella

I was very happy to be invited down to Dunedin, New Zealand, to give a talk on ‘the science of beer’ as a part of the Science Teller Festival run by the University of Otago last month. This is only the second time I’ve been invited to give a talk outside of North America – the last one being in 2010, when I co-hosted a guided tasting in Italy with my maestro, Lorenzo Dabove. I was particularly excited to have […]

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Sunday Star Times

Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:23 pm, by Mirella

New Zealand brewers and bars will need to be on their toes this week when Canadian beer expert Mirella Amato touches down for a five-day-visit…Whe’s coming here to speak at the ScienceTeller Festival in Dunedin where she will talk on the science of beer with a tasting to help…

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The Star

Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:13 pm, by Mirella

International beer expert Mirella Amato will attend this year’s ScienceTeller Festival in Dunedin. Ms Amato is one of seven Master Cicerones (beer sommeliers) in the world. She has sat on the jury for numerous global brewing awards, including the prestigious World Beer Cup…

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