What to drink: Three fruity beers from Toronto’s east end

It's spring in the city and we're heading east to sample fruity beers on offer in Scarborough, Markham and East York

To mark the return of spring, here are three fun and fruity beers from local breweries east of downtown Toronto.

These companies in East York, Scarborough and Markham are producing cool and unconventional craft beers. On top of these very fruit-forward brews, they all make a range of beers from heady stouts to hoppy IPAs to smooth lagers.

Rouge River Apricot Mango Peach Sour

Batches of this sour ale are made with 700 lbs of apricot, mango and peach purée that give the beer a thick, smoothie-like mouthfeel. Packed with fresh fruit flavour, it’s perfectly suited for a warm day on a patio.

Rouge River Brewing, Markham. $6 per can/$22 for a four-pack. Get it at Rouge River (50 Bullock, rougeriverbrewingcompany.com).

Muddy York Staring Down The Sun Clementine Sour

Continuing in the same theme, Muddy York’s Clementine Sour is tangy and sweet in order to brighten your day. It’s honestly in the name, cracking open a can is like beckoning for warmer weather.

Muddy York Brewing, East York. Get it at Muddy York (22 Cranfield, muddyyorkbrewing.com) for $3.32 per can/$69.68 for a 24-pack or get it at the LCBO (lcbo.com) for $3.75 per can.

Common Good Citra New World Pale Ale

This pale ale is hazy and citrusy with hints of lychee and mango. It’s like a tropical vacation in a can and invigorates the senses even before the first sip.

Common Good Brewing, Scarborough. $13.75 for a four-pack, $20 for a six-pack, $76 for a 24-pack. Get it at Common Good (475 Ellesmere, commongoodbeer.com).

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