This silky milk stout has a hint of perfumy bergamot that seamlessly weaves into the velvety chocolate and vanilla flavours of this stout. Pour into a teacup and eat with scones, while scrolling the latest @sussexroyal Instagram posts.
Simcoe, Ontario’s New Limburg is one of the best Belgian style breweries in Canada. This light refresher has aromatic notes of bright lemon, chrysanthemum and goldenrod above a lightly sour body with a dry finish and a peppery retro-nasal sting. Just the thing after a day down the mines.
Toronto’s Left Field Brewery’s Squeeze Play series make fruited kettle sours. A zingy kefir-like tang mixes with juicy pomegranate seeds in an easy-drinking refresher that will keep those “last days of summer” vibes going strong.
Mead has caught on in a big way in the United States, but Canada is catching up with this hopped Buckwheat Honey Mead. The slightly floral buckwheat honey comes through, but ties into the grassy hop character, suggesting a field of clover in the mind’s eye. A good introduction to the genre for mead novices.
This beer is all about the haze, pouring a juicy fluorescent orange with a mousse- and latte-like foam. The sip starts off with papaya and guava moving to pineapple and a seedy passion fruit centre. A low but persistent orange-rind bitterness balances the sip. This hazy brew is tough to find — you can only buy it at some wine and beer stores in Illinois — but it is worth the hunt as it won gold at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival for Hazy, Juicy IPAs.
Belgium’s Omer Vander Ghinste goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in massive carbonation and a light, spritzy body, which features aromatic peach and pear notes before revealing a profound white pepper spice mid-palate. A marvelous refresher that hides its 8.0% ABV so completely that it ought to bear a warning.
Replacing the comparatively gentle State of Mind in the Hamilton, Ontario brewery’s lineup, Hazy State is an unfiltered double dry hopped IPA with Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial hops. A pour resembling mango nectar features tangerine and lemon on the nose with a juicy, dank, resinous palate.