The best new Toronto craft beer releases to try this June
Three juicy IPAs to get your summer off to a rolling start
Starting now, we’re going to put you on to the can’t-miss bottles and cans being brewed locally each month. Toronto is a city known for craft beer and breweries are constantly experimenting with new, limited edition creations – and it can be a lot to sift through.
It’s June, the sun is setting later, that intangible electricity is in the air again and who knows, you might be able to enjoy these beers on a patio sometime very soon.
Bellwoods Brewery Monogamy IPA
Fresh off the canning line, this batch from Bellwoods’s single-hop IPA series uses Belma hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington, a region known for its acres and acres of vineyards interestingly enough. Belma hops are super fruit-forward with citrus, strawberry, pineapple and melon notes that come through vigorously in this beer. Cantaloupe and honeydew make this IPA particularly irresistible on a hot day.
Toronto. $4.87/375 ml. Get it at Bellwoods Brewery (124 Ossington, 20 Hafis, bellwoodsbrewery.com). Toronto-wide shipping available.
Blood Brothers x momofuku Tiny IPA
Collaboration has been rife in the restaurant and bar scenes lately, so it’s super exciting to see these two partnering. The result is a light and easy, tropical and citrusy IPA made with Nelson Sauvin, Eldorado and Lotus hops. The partnership also extends to a kitchen takeover this summer. Momofuku will be running a Noodle Bar pop-up out of Blood Brothers serving all the regular faves like katsu sandos, croquettes and pork belly buns.
Toronto. $13.95/four-pack. Get it at Blood Brothers (165 Geary, bloodbrothersbrewing.com). Toronto-wide shipping available.
Collective Arts Life In The Clouds New England IPA
So, this beer itself isn’t new but for Pride Month, Collective Arts is re-releasing it with four new cans designed by queer artists from across North and South America. Toronto artist Tim Singleton selected the four artists whose lively, tender and technicolour works adorns the limited editions cans. “I love the idea of creating space for queer art, especially in spaces that don’t immediately conjure up the idea of queerness,” he says in a quote from the can. “Each piece of art in the series is distinct and unapologetically queer in its own way, yet still works together as a collection, which I think is a really beautiful metaphor for what Pride is.”
Toronto. $14.15/four-pack. Get it at Collective Arts (777 Dundas West, collectiveartsontario.com) or at the LCBO. Toronto-wide shipping available.