Camp Life: 3 Great Canadian Craft Beers
This summer ditch the mass-produced cheap-stuff and cater your trail-gate gatherings with some Canadian-made craft brew. Here are three great options:
Steamwhistle Pilsner (Steamwhistle Brewing; Toronto, ON)
This Toronto-based brewer only makes one beer — traditional Czech pilsner; a style of lager characterized by its rich-yet-refreshing malty flavour, soft foam and golden hue. Steamwhistle prides itself in only using GMO-free malted barley, hops and yeast with natural-source spring water (trucked in from Caledon, ON).
Fat Tug IPA (Driftwood Brewing; Victoria, BC)
Hops, hops, hops! If you like your beer strong and hoppy, sip BC-brewed Fat Tug IPA. Popular in the West Coast hipster scene, Fat Tug is to cicerones what Lagavulin is to scotch aficionados. It pairs well with spicy snacks and is known for firing up an appetite once consumed.
Blanche de Chambly (Unibroue; Chambly, QC)
There’s nothing like a creamy, cloudy, citrusy, spicy traditional Belgian white ale on a hot summer’s day and Quebecois beer-maker Unibroue has been making their version for a couple of decades now. Aged for two years, Unibroue even recommends a specific glass in which to enjoy the beer to its fullest — but that’s optional. What’s not up for debate are the 22 national and international awards bestowed on Blanche de Chambly over the past 17 years.