What to drink: Three extraordinary Ontario craft beers

These spicy, sweet and gently salty brews will set your taste buds alight


The Greater Toronto Area is rife with breweries making awe-inducing brews. Give your taste buds something to be excited about with these craft beers. From spicy sours to quirky goses, there’s a world of beers ready to be explored. 

Left Field Brewery Squints Sunflower Seed Gose

We can’t have a list of out-of-the ordinary beers without including Toronto’s very own Left Field Brewery. This gose is gently salty and sour enough to make you pucker. Earthy nuttiness comes from the malted sunflower seeds it’s brewed with. A refreshing take on the popular baseball snack. 

$12.21 for four 355 ml cans from Left Field Brewery (36 Wagstaff, leftfieldbrewery.ca) or $3.95 per can at LCBO (lcbo.com). 5.2% ABV. Ontario-wide shipping available. 

Collective Arts Blueberry Chocolate Coffee & Vanilla Sour

The Hamilton brewery recently opened a location on Dundas West. This limited edition collab with Stillwater is brewed with cocoa and coffee from Detour. Sweet-tart blueberries give a hit of acidity to balance out the creaminess of the vanilla.

$17.95 for four 473 ml cans from Collective Arts (777 Dundas West, collectiveartsontario.com) or $4.55 per can at LCBO (lcbo.com). 5.5% ABV. Ontario-wide shipping available. 

Godspeed Brewery Nana Saison 

This saison is brewed with Japanese Shichimi spices, which are often found in soups. Scents of yuzu, lemon zest, hot pepper, ginger and sesame hit the nose before you take your first sip. The heat from Sancho peppers lingers on the tongue. 

$3.50 per 355 ml can from Godspeed Brewery (242 Coxwell, godspeedbrewery.com). 5.2% ABV. Ontario-wide shipping available.

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Comments (1)

  • Eastender November 25, 2020 06:35 PM

    Muddy York Jail Fire should make this list as well.

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