Reviewer Rules & Conditions
The following are the basic guidelines required in order to appear as a reviewer on
The Casual Libationist
Episodes of The Casual Libationist are shot every Saturday afternoon in the community of Cranston in SE Calgary. In order to be eligible to appear as a reviewer,
you must be able to make yourself available between the hours of 12:00pm-6:00pm on Saturdays
. Although it is understood that not everyone will be able to make this timeframe available every week, and it is equally understood that not everyone will be included in every episode, this availability is required on the Saturdays you wish to be considered for appearance.
We pair our reviewers on various criteria. You may or may not know the person you are being paired with for any given segment. You'll be required to still come across as though the two of you have been drinking buddies for years and this is just another afternoon of beers and good conversation.
It is axiomatically understood that not every beer will appeal to every person. As a reviewer on this show, you are not required to enjoy every beverage placed in front of you. In fact, we encourage complete and open honesty from all of our reviewers. That being said, every reviewer needs to have a clear understanding of the difference between "enjoyment" and "appreciation". The beer you are drinking may not appeal to you whatsoever, and you are certainly allowed to state that fact. However, when reviewing any beer, we ask that you keep in mind that someone (or many someones) has worked incredibly hard to brew this beer and bring it to market. It may not be your personal cup of tea, but we can assure you ... there are plenty of others out there who would love it! So when critiquing a beer, do with with
constructive comments and observations
... not shallow jabs and off-colour remarks. Perhaps you don't
it ... but you need to be able to at least
the time and effort that went into brewing it.
Each reviewer will be required to sign an Appearance Agreement upon arrival for their first episode. Government-issued identification (Driver's Licence, Passport, Birth Certificate, SIN#) will be required at the time of signing. Any subsequent episode appearances or participation in activities/events on behalf of The Casual Libationist will be additionally held under the terms of this Agreement. The Agreement consists of a standard model release, a declaration of safe transportation, an indemnity release and a non-compete clause.
Each episode will involve the consumption of multiple alcoholic beverages by the reviewer within the timeframe reserved for recording a given segment. Although this timeframe may vary from episode to episode, the average amount of time given for recording a segment is approximately one hour. It is necessary for the reviewer to sample each and every beverage provided in order for the reviewer to speak from an educated perspective about each beverage. The reviewer is welcome to finish each and every beverage provided to them, however it is not a requirement.
THIS IS A REVIEW SHOW ... NOT A FRAT PARTY:
Depending on each person's tolerance level to alcohol, it's perfectly understandable (if not, expected) for reviewers to get a little tipsy during their segment. This, however, is not an open invitation for anyone to get blatantly drunk. Regardless of how fun this job may sound, it is a job nonetheless ... and respect for getting the job done correctly is required.
If it is even remotely suspected that someone has arrived on-set already under the influence, they will be asked to leave immediately and will not be invited to return.
NO DRINKING & DRIVING:
As a condition of appearing on the show, reviewers are required to and responsible for arranging safe transportation to and from the set. It is strongly recommended that reviewers arrange for a designated driver, via a friend or family member. If this option is not feasible, other forms of transportation such as taxi, Uber and public transit are all acceptable alternatives. All of these forms of transportation, however, will come at the expense of the reviewer. This is non-negotiable and outlined as a clause in the Appearance Agreement, which makes the reviewer contractually obligated to comply. Anyone caught attempting to drive themselves away from the set upon completing a tasting segment will be
immediately reported to police
as driving while under the influence. Designated drivers are always welcome to stay and watch the session, but they will be required to adhere to a strict "quiet on set" rule.
If you agree to be part of an episode and are subsequently chosen/scheduled to appear ...
. There is a tasting panel of six people in total for each episode, and if you cancel at the last moment or simply fail to show up, you disrespect the other five people who have committed their time for the project and you put the entire episode in jeopardy. An episode may only be canceled by the show's Producer(s). Weather conditions are
not an acceptable excuse
for failing to appear. This is Calgary, people ... lousy weather, although certainly inconvenient, should not come as a surprise. If you have been scheduled to appear, plan accordingly and be prepared. Failure to appear will result in your name being removed entirely from our list of reviewers. This is a fun project, but everyone involved takes it very seriously. We simply ask that you take it as seriously as we do.
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Do you understand and agree to these rules and conditions?
Please answer the following questions to help us understand a little more about your beer preferences:
1 ] What was the last beer you ordered?
2 ] What beer do you currently have in your fridge?
3 ] What is your "go-to" beer style?
4 ] Which is your favourite Alberta Brewery?
5 ] Name 2 beers you have enjoyed from this brewery.
6 ] Do you prefer Bottle or can?
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