This tiny brewery in Seaforth, Ontario is beloved by sour and wild beer fanatics in Ontario. It’s worth mail-ordering one of their aged, wild-fermented beers like Funk Land and some of the fruited sours. This farmhouse ale is made from blending young and old beers: specifically a barrel-fermented dry-hopped farmhouse ale with an 18-month-old sour ale aged in Chardonnay barrels. The result is heavenly: aromas of light farmhouse funk, lavender, white tea, mango and citrus mark the nose. The beer’s champagne-like carbonation and light fruity notes help balance a racy acidity. It’s vibrant, fresh and perfumey.
This award-winning stout isn’t made with oysters, but it sure pairs well with them. The dark brown stout pours a thick tan foam with a nose that mixes pumpernickel bread, fresh coffee grounds and light molasses on a chewy body.
This easy-drinking pale ale has a crackery malt bill with light aromas of citrus and perfumey florals, leading to a bready sip that leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finale. With talented young brewer Zoei Thibault at the helm, this brewery is set to open its doors in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood later this year.
Drinking some dark sour beers is like drinking coffee with lemon juice. Nope. Luckily Northern Maverick’s Tart of Darkness gets it right. This copper ale mixes notes of toast and toffee with tons of dark fruit — plums, fresh figs and sultanas — and a light, tarty kick. Easy drinking but not overly complex, it’s like a “starter” Flanders Red.
Mascot’s brewmaster Siobhan McPherson (Mill Street, Amsterdam, Burdock) is boss, as is evident in her latest sour ale. Fermented with souring yogurt, this kettle sour’s lactic funk is balanced by refreshing cucumber, tart pineapple and a tingle of ginger on the finish.
Get ready for more soursop sour beers in Canada. The tropical fruit, aka Brazilian paw paw, graviola or custard apple, is the latest “it” fruit in sour beers because it’s got a tangy pineapple or strawberry flavour. This brew’s racy acidity helps the orange, apricot and lemon notes shine, finishing dry with zero bitterness. The acidity makes this beer fun to use in salad dressing (just swap out some of the oil in your dressing) or sip it alongside fruit salad or nachos and guacamole.
Dark yellow, generous lasting foam. Nice smell of hops and a cocktail of tropical fruits (noticeable pear, banana and passion fruit). Light round body, slightly bitter throughout. Fresh taste in spite of a somewhat low acidity. Lasting finish.