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5 Fresh Toronto Craft Beers For Cottage Season

As spring finally arrives in Toronto, below are five great beers to enjoy at home or at the cottage this May. Or better yet, spend some time and money at one of these great local breweries and support one of the cities most exciting, thriving scenes. As many more breweries are popping up across town, let’s stop it with the Bud Light or Heineken forever and drink local. Thankfully craft beer now has stepped beyond Hoppy IPA bombs and you can find lighter and more creative brews for the more sensitive palate. Not just for dudes with beards, craft beer is now for all tastes.

Ace Hill Pilsner
/ ABV: 4.9%

Surprising, Pilsner has become one of the hottest trends right now in the Craft Beer industry, as independent brewers continue to expand further into the mainstream market. Here in town, Ace Hill has stepped up to produce a modern, stylish, easy-drinking premium tall can version that will be many hipsters go-to beer this spring. Best enjoyed while watching the game or on the dock at the cottage during May two-four long weekend.

Not currently available at the LCBO, but you should be able to find it at all the cool joints around town. Check their website to find your favourite spot. LCBO needs to get this one in stock pronto

Editor Update: Now available at select Beer Stores!

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Rainhard Neon Wasteland / ABV: 5.1%

A Belgian-style pale ale brewed with Saaz and Nelson Sauvin hops. For the non-beer nerd this mean the hops are little less flavourful then in an IPA, but still have great character. This style of beer was brewed by Belgians as a response to the popularity of German Pilsner. Not an easy beer to make great, yet this slightly malty ale is done to almost perfection by Rainhard Brewing. Pretty much everything by this brewery found in the Stockyards is on point and they have a fantastic tap room worth visiting to pick a couple of bombers.

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Burdock Dark Saison / ABV: 8.3%

I love the the rich dark flavours of chocolate, coffee & tobacco along with notes of dark fruit, in this unusual saison. A great beer to enjoy on chilly spring evenings as we transition into the summer. I recently paired this with BBQ chicken and charred vegetables, which was amazing. I recommend it though on tap at their very cool restaurant in Bloordale, that features a fantastic locavore menu and a 2nd room dedicated to live music.The feel of Brooklyn found right here in the 6ix.

Toronto Craft Beer Burdock Dark Saison

Leftfield Sunlight Park Saison / ABV: 5.3%

This beer was created in honour of Toronto’s first professional baseball stadium. It is a tart and refreshing saison that is brewed with 2 kilos of grapefruit zest in every batch. As imagined, you can literally taste sunshine in every sip. I love the branding for this brewery and their latest Nu-Era caps are perfect for reppin’ on your travels. Plus this East Side brewery loves ball so much, they play all the Jay’s games with sound. The coolest spot in town to follow our boys as they go for the pennant one more time.

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Bellwoods Barn Owl No. 3 / ABV: 6.5%

Part of Bellwoods ongoing barrel blend series, this is an infinitely quenchable blend that has been made with fresh Niagara peaches. This Farmhouse Saison is then Oak barrel aged until it is perfect to be picked and subsequently bottle conditioned. My favourite beer tasted this spring; save this limited beaut for special occasions or just when you want a really incredible beer. Constantly rated one of Canada’s best brewery’s, I always stop in at the Bellwoods bottle shop to purchase a nice one on the way to Trinity for a lazy sunday. You should too.

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