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Since 2010, I have been preparing and hosting the Ontario Brewer Podcast series for the Ontario Craft Brewers Association. These podcast feature interviews with Ontario brewers on a range of different topics.

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New Horizons

Posted October 23, 2023 | 10:20 pm, by Mirella

Now that the official announcement has been made, I feel it’s a good time to share an update with regards to my new role as I’m working full-time again. I am now with WSET as Senior Development Manager – Beer.  For those who aren’t familiar with WSET, it is a global non-profit drinks education company. The company is probably best-known for its wine diploma, but also offers a portfolio of awards in spirits, sake and, very soon: beer! I started […]


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Beer & Food Pairing Badge

Posted March 19, 2022 | 7:33 pm, by Mirella

I am very excited to announce that my online beer & food pairing course, Mastering Beer & Food Pairing brought to you by Beerology® is now a verified and validated micro credential!   It’s a great way to demonstrate that you have mastered the skill of pairing beer with food. The course can be completed anytime, from anywhere and with any beer. If you’d like to start your beer and food pairing journey and earn the beer and food pairing […]


Learn How to Master Pairing Beer with Food!

Posted January 20, 2022 | 11:00 am, by Mirella

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new online beer and food pairing course. Designed for industry professionals, Mastering Beer & Food Pairing brought to you by Beerology® is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide that will show you how to master pairing beer with food. I’ve been honing the content and structure of this course for years because I wanted to make sure it was both practical and thorough, and I’m so happy to finally share the result. This […]


2016 Holiday Beer Cocktails

Posted December 21, 2016 | 12:05 am, by Mirella

It has become a Beerology tradition to share a beer cocktail recipe for the holidays. This year, I had the opportunity to learn from a range of mixologists and participate in Tales of the Cocktail which has greatly improved my beer cocktail skills. Have a taste and see what you think! Frutta Cake Ingredients: 15ml (1/2oz) Strega liqueur 7ml (1/4oz) Hennesy VS Cognac 15ml (1/2oz) POM Pomegranate Juice 30ml (1oz) Porter (I used Clifford Porter) Garnish: Orange peel Preparation Chill a small, stemmed glass Combine all ingredients […]


New Horizons

Posted June 2, 2015 | 2:00 pm, by Mirella

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve accepted the position of Director of Beer Knowledge and Appreciation with the new global division of Anheuser-Busch InBev that will focus on craft beer and specialties. I look forward to the opportunities that this job presents; it will allow me to share my passion for craft beer and promote beer appreciation on a broader scale. As I transition into this position, I will still be maintaining Beerology; offering public beer tasting workshops and dinners […]


Pairing beer with food in 2 easy steps

Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:15 pm, by Mirella

Pairing beer with food is fun! Although consistently assembling spectacular pairings takes study, practice and experience, it’s relatively easy to put together a pairing that works. For those who are interested in an in-depth breakdown of how to pair beer with food, my book includes a 10-page chapter that details the various interactions to expect, depending on the taste and flavours present in either the food or the beer at hand. It also offers tips on how to plan your own beer dinner […]


My Favourite Mulled Beer Recipe

Posted December 2, 2014 | 6:16 pm, by Mirella

I was chatting with Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV Montréal News today and mentioned my favourite mulled beer; it’s a traditional wassail recipe called lambswool. This mulled beer is made using baked apples that not only fall apart to look like lambswool when cooked but are also delicious! I thought I’d take a moment to share the recipe with you. It’s great for holiday entertaining; with winter fast approaching…what better way to warm up than with a piping hot mulled beer? This recipe is a […]


Hopera wins!

Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:46 am, by Mirella

I’m delighted to announce that the third edition of Hopera,  which took place on September 17th & 18th this year, won the Drinker’s Choice award for Best Event of Toronto Beer Week 2014! This was a ‘fun and informal survey’ and beer drinkers were encouraged to vote online. Our venue for the event, Habits Gastropub, also won a Toronto Beer Week 2014 Drinker’s Choice Award in the Best Bar/Pub/Restaurant category – how awesome is that? I’m very proud of this event, as I explained […]


What’s in a cask?

Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:28 am, by Mirella

DISCLAIMER: I thought I’d take a moment to state that I am not writing on behalf of Cask! but, rather, to express some concerns that are my own, but first a little background… There are two parallel cask-conditioned ale scenes going on in Ontario right now: One of these scenes features traditional cask-conditioned ales, like the ones that we champion with Cask!; the kind of beer that CAMRA refer to as ‘Real Ales’. The other features beers finished (or simply packaged) in a cask, with the addition of […]


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 […]