Kellye Robertson, head brewer at Dartmouth’s all-lager brewery, Spindrift, has created a modern version of the German Schwarzbier. Using 7 specialty malts to amp up the body, the result is a complex nose and aroma: notes of dark bread crusts, dark fruit, toasted nuts, ash and cacao swirl together on a lean, light-bodied black brew. Overall, the crisp, clean sip is effortlessly integrated.
The Etobicoke brewery’s beloved Märzen, Oaktoberfest, is soft and sweet with notes of biscuit, light caramel and just a hint of floral hops. This elegant and clean lager is perfect for toasting to the harvest or glugging down at an Oktoberfest celebration with sausages and pretzels.
Orval is the only beer brewed by Trappist Monks at Orval Abbey in Gaume, Southern Belgium. A darling of brewers and beer lovers the world over, it was one of the first beers with brettanomyces, a yeast strain that adds pleasing acidity and dryness, to hit North American shores. Pouring a deep orange, with floral, spicy and sweet grain aromas and lots of bitter hop character, ending in long dry finish. Stock up on a couple bottles for the cellar; with age the brett yeast will produce a drier, funkier, fruitier beer. Swap wine for Orval during the appetizer round at your next dinner party; the beer’s Champagne-esque effervescence and dry finish pair well with aged cheeses and cured meats.
A bready, rich lager crafted with all of the ingredients grown west of the 100th Meridian, the beginning of the great plains. Pours a light copper with a bright white head. On the nose, delicate floral hop and toasty malts; caramel and bread flavours on the palate, with a beautiful a soft floral hop finish. This all-organic brew is perfect with roasted chicken topped with barbecue sauce, or grilled root vegetables.
A lovely, thirst-slaking ale crafted by brewmaster Brad Wright, who cut his teeth at Ontario breweries Walkerville Brewing Company and Beau’s All-Natural Brewing. No Nonsense is an easy-drinking lagered ale with a bit more complexity than other lighter brews. With a clear, bubbly, pale golden body, there’s pleasantly bitter hop bite coupled with a grainy sweetness on the palate. A great go-to beer to sip alongside summertime grill classics, like cheeseburgers, veggie dogs and Polish sausages.
A British IPA with an fruity hop kick. On the nose expect a touch of caramel malts with some tropical fruit notes. With a full, creamy body, the flavour is a lovely balance between soft biscuit malts and fruity wine gums. A smooth, easy finish to this IPA, not a bitter punch in the face like some of its North American counterparts. An effortless match to West Indian-style chicken curry.
It’s an amped-up Belgian witbier with hops and a firm, long, bitter finish. This creamy brew is golden-hued with a fluffy white head, banana and light spice on the nose, flavours of light orange, and some black-pepper sweetness in the background. Perfect for pairing with fruit-forward summer salads and spicy chicken curry burgers.