Cottage 12-pack

Photographs by Dyanne Wilson

This summer, ditch that case of big-name beer you usually grab for your cottage vacation, and try something crafted with a bit more care that delivers a much bigger taste. Where to start? We’ve created a custom 12-pack featuring local beers and other selections from Ontario microbreweries. You’ll thank us. Cheers!

 

Beer: Mad Tom IPA

Brewery: Muskoka Brewery

Location: Bracebridge

The taste: A deep, rich flavour and an overabundance of hops, this beautiful India Pale Ale is one that will keep you going well after the campfire has died.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $13.50 (6x355mL)

Website: muskokabrewery.com

 

Beer: Diable au Corps

Brewery: Brasseurs du Temps

Location: Gatineau

The taste: It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to Brasseurs du Temps — the small brewpub has more than 20 styles of beer in its repertoire. But its Diable au Corps, a bittersweet IPA that packs a punch at 9.5 per cent alc./vol, is a good place to begin. A great beer to sip at the end of the night.

Where to buy: At IGA and Metro locations in Gatineau.

Price: $9 (750mL bottle)

Website: brasseursdutemps.com

 

Beer: Crazy Canuck

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery

Location: Toronto

The taste: Great Lakes created this beer for those who enjoy adventure and something out of the ordinary. It has a very hoppy fragrance and a satisfying malt finish that makes you think you’ve dived into a loaf of bread.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $2.50 (473 mL can)

Website: greatlakesbeer.com

 

Beer: Long Shot White

Brewery: Broadhead Brewing Company

Location: Ottawa

The taste: Broadhead says this fruit-flavoured wheat ale is brewed to be hazy and brazen. With a fresh, light taste that mixes coriander with orange, we say it’s the perfect way to start off a lazy summer afternoon.

Where to buy: Growlers (1.89L jugs) available at the brewery, 27-81 Auriga Dr.

Price: $8.85

Website: broadheadbeer.com

 

Beer: Wellington County Dark Ale

Brewery: Wellington Brewery

Location: Guelph

The taste: This fine ale has scored Wellington Brewery a host of awards. Its rich taste has hints of nut and toffee, and is a fine addition to your cottage stash.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $2.60 (473mL can)

Website: wellingtonbrewery.ca

 

Beer: Kichesippi Natural Blonde

Brewery: Kichesippi

Location: Ottawa

The taste: Named after the Ottawa River’s original moniker, Kichesippi does its city proud with its flagship Natural Blonde beer. Not overly bitter, with touches of caramel and citrus, it’s a great beer to pop while sitting on the dock.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $12.95 (6x355mL)

Website: kbeer.ca

 

Beer: Steam Whistle

Brewery: Steamwhistle

Location: Toronto

The taste: You’ve seen it before, and have hopefully tried it. But we just couldn’t keep this off the list. Steam Whistle creates one of the best pilsners you’ll find, making it a must-buy for the cottage.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $2.80 (500mL can) or $13.25 (6x341mL)
Website: steamwhistle.ca

 

Beer: Festivale Altbier

Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Location: Vankleek Hill

The taste: Located just an hour east of Ottawa, Beau’s has become a staple at many local bars and restaurants in the city. Its Festivale Altbier is a German ale made specifically for the summer season, so grab it now while you can.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $4.35 (600mL bottle)

Website: beaus.ca

 

Beer: HogsBack Vintage Lager

Brewery: Hogsback Brewing Company

Location: Ottawa

The taste: Hogsback’s first offering is a crisp lager with a distinctive taste. It’s an easy drinking style that you can enjoy all day long.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $12.95 (6x341mL)

Website: hogsback.ca

 

Beer: Harvest Gold Pale Ale

Brewery: Barley Days Brewery

Location: Picton

The taste: Barley Days wanted to re-create that fresh-cut hay and autumn fields scent, and has  done it well in this pale ale. It’s a great choice for when the sun is setting.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $12.95 (6x341mL)

Website: barleydaysbrewery.com

 

Beer: Original Organic

Brewery: Mill Street Brewery

Location: Toronto

The taste: With a new brewpub in Ottawa, Mill Street’s stock is rising in the capital city. Original Organic — the first certified organic lager in Ontario — is a smooth beer that’s easy to throw back.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $2.75 (473mL can) or $13 (6x341mL)

Website: millstreetbrewpub.ca

 

Beer: Hoptical Illusion

Brewery: Flying Monkeys

Location: Barrie

The taste: This hoppy ale screams summer. Its bold taste will wake you up on a hot, sticky day, and the taste is almost as wild as its funky label.

Where to buy: LCBOs across the city.

Price: $13.25 (6x355mL)

Website: theflyingmonkeys.ca

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