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Guild Member Profile


Dan Malleck

Professor of Health Sciences
  • Full member
  • Historian of medicine, and of beer and drug regulation
  • Canada
  • Nothing formal.
  • Nothing formal. Lots of informal qualifications.
  • History of medicine, drug policy, drug and alcohol prohibition.

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

I write academic articles and books on alcohol and drug policy, and do non-academic articles, interviews, and so on giving a historical perspective to current alcohol and drug policy.  My area of specialty is Canada but I can speak broadly.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I can give historical perspective on current policy and practice. I am also an enthusiastic consumer and watcher of the brewing industry, most especially craft. I’m also somewhat a traditionalist in my tastes, so a chocolate-strawberry-raspberry-barrel-aged-milkshake sour is not on my to-do list, but hand me a well made bitter and I’m happy.

What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?

I have just joined but I anticipate meeting and connecting with other interesting and informed colleagues.

Pieces of work by Dan:

  • True Brew: Cracking open a refreshing history of Labatt’s

    Review of Matthew Bellamy’s excellent history of Labatt Brewery: Brewed in the North from McGill-Queen’s University press. Review was in the Literary Review of Canada December 2019

  • Why Doug Ford should think twice about changing booze and weed laws

    This article is about the premier of the province of Ontario and his meandering attempts to change liquor and cannabis laws.  It uses the history of alcohol regulation to understand potential outcomes of haphazard liberalization.

  • What alcohol prohibition can teach us about the legalization of cannabis

    This article uses the history of the end of alcohol prohibition to consider some options for cannabis legalization in Canada.  It may be behind a pay wall.

  • Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post prohibition Ontario 1927-1944

    This book examined how a liquor control system implemented after provincial liquor prohibition, managed to balance the demands of drinkers with the complaints of prohibitionists.  It is especially focused on the creation and regulation of hotel beverage rooms, which were the only public places in which people could drink between 1934 and 1944.