These homegrown summer brews, made in Ontario, are guaranteed to slake your thirst.
Why Too lazy to mix yourself a margarita? Pop the cap of Beau’s summery gruit instead. Brewed with organic lime juice, lime and orange peel and a sprinkle of salt, Buenos Dias is juicy, sun-kissed and shareable.
Price $5.25/600 ml
Availability LCBO 467084, limited quantities
Why Burdock’s new zingy, raspberry-steeped saison is my inspiration for spending more time in a hammock this month. Breezy, über-fruity and incredibly tasty.
Price $6/500 ml
Why Tangy, dry and quenching, this tenderly hopped Gose (a German style pronounced gose-uh) is brewed from malted wheat and flavoured with Himalayan sea salt and coriander. Its powers of refreshment and restoration may just render Gator-ade obsolete this summer.
Price $14.95/6 x 355 ml, part of the Collective Arts Seasonal Variety Pack
Availability LCBO 458596, limited quantities
Why Great Lakes’ summer 2016 Tank Ten release is a juicy little IPA that will easily keep you on cruise control throughout the course of an afternoon. Soft and citrusy, backed by -pineapple and resin.
Price $2.80/473 ml
Availability LCBO 467019, limited quantities
Why Blush beers seem to be where it’s at this summer. Brewed with hibiscus tea, Royal City’s rose-gold saison is easy, tart and floral while sharing the stage with the clove and pepper -characteristics expected in this Belgian style.
Price $3.95/500 ml
Availability LCBO 458372, limited quantities
Why Besides making me giggle with its really, really ridiculously good name, Sarnia’s Illiterate Librarians is not a beer I’d kick out of my glass. Fruity but with some serious pithiness coming through to complement the hops.
Price $6.95/650 ml
Availability LCBO 464834, limited quantities
Why Named for Toronto’s first professional baseball stadium, Sunlight Park also works as a descriptor for how this mellow saison brewed with a whole lot of grapefruit zest makes you feel: like soaking up sunshine nestled in a communal green space – ideally in close proximity to a pool.
Price $6.50/650 ml
Availability LCBO 467092
Why The legendary Denison’s Weissbier has been rebranded as Side Launch. The local classic is one of the world’s greatest Bavarian-style wheat beers (look it up on RateBeer.com). -Banana, spice, citrus and all the goodness you’d expect from a perfectly executed weiss.
Price $2.80/473 ml
Availability LCBO 385674
Why You can stop lamenting the lack of legit local Czech-style pilsners as of right now: Rainhard’s just-released Unfiltered Pilsner – snappy, grassy and a total pleasure to drink – will be around for the rest of the summer and hopefully beyond.
Price $5.95/500 ml
Availability At Rainhard Brewing Co. (100 Symes, rainhardbrewing.com)