Jordan and Robin Get Crafty About Beer!

Jordan and Robin Get Crafty About Beer!

Posted on June 1 by Erin in News, Non-fiction
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It's time for baseball, books, and...BEER! As summer approaches quickly, restaurant patios are opening and you’ll want to know about the best brews to drink. The Ontario Craft Beer Guide authors, Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John, had the tough job of sampling some of Ontario's best and worst. Recently, the beer aficionados spoke with Josh Rubin of the Toronto Star about Ontario breweries, the future beer scene, and their favourites. LeBlanc also shares the duo’s best picks for what to drink this summer – hint – they’re a pilsner, pale ale, and wheat beer. If you’re like me and those words are gibberish to you, then you need their book! A glossary is located in the back.

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Forget wine or even ciders! These noted experts write about Ontario’s beer history, craft breweries, and recommended craft pubs in their comprehensive guide. Here’s a list of their top five breweries in Ontario:

Side Launch Brewing Company
Standouts: Wheat, Dark Lager, Mountain Lager, and Pale Ale.

Folly Brewpub and Burdock Brewing (two-way tie)
Standouts from Folly Brewpub: Praxis, Inkhorn Farmhouse Bruin, Imposter Syndrome Farmhouse IPA, and Flemish Cap Old World Saison.
Standouts from Burdock Brewing: West Coast Pilsner, Bloor Lite, Dark Saison, and Brett Farmhouse Saison.

Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
Standouts: Stamina, Rabble-Rouser, Tenacity, and Vim and Vigor. 

Bellwoods Brewery
Standouts: Wizard Wolf Session Ale, Witchshark Imperial IPA, Farmhouse Classic, and Jutsu Pale Ale.

Stone City Ales
Standouts: 12 Star Session Ale, Uncharted IPA, Ships in the Night Oatmeal Stout, and Windward Belgian Wheat.

Do you have your Ontario Craft Beer Guide yet? Get yours here

Want to read more? Here’s the Toronto Star interview

We know what we’ll be drinking this weekend!