The Ontario Craft Beer Guide


With nearly 100 new breweries, this guide to Ontario craft beer is everything you’ll need to know about the range of outstanding brewers and beers in the province.

The explosion of craft beer variety in North America has created a climate of amazing quality and bewildering options for beer drinkers. In Ontario, the booming landscape includes nearly 300 breweries from all parts of the province. Choosing a drink in that landscape can be intimidating, but in The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, beer lovers have a concise and expertly curated guide to over 1,000 offerings, with simple tasting notes and ratings.

Whether you’re new to the craft beer scene or an aficionado of the highest calibre, The Ontario Craft Beer Guide is an indispensable field guide to the province’s breweries. Noted experts Jordan St. John (St. John’s Wort) and Robin LeBlanc (The Thirsty Wench) tell the stories of Ontario’s breweries while they guide you to your next favourite beer, from your new favourite brewery.


Anyone who drinks beer in Ontario owes LeBlanc and St. John a pint for completing the arduous (no, really) job of cataloguing and rating many hundreds of brands, resulting in a thorough, authoritative and fascinating list.

National Post

While I do my best to steer readers in the right direction, Ontario beer drinkers owe a debt of gratitude to Jordan St. John and Robin LeBlanc.

Toronto Star

A hugely useful new intro to the beautiful madness that is the current scene.

NOW Magazine

I started ticking off the brews that I’ve tried, and I’ve learned that I have a lot of beer to discover.

Beer O’Clock

With this level of detail I can transpose my palate to their recommendations and still trust their recommendations. Trust. That’s it. I can trust a book like this. So can you.

A Good Beer Blog

A unique and thorough snapshot of the beer industry in a region that is on the cusp of a very large boom.

Ben’s Beer Blog

About the Authors

Robin LeBlanc

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 27, 2015
Robin LeBlanc photo

Robin LeBlanc

Robin LeBlanc is a writer and photographer, the owner of the award-winning craft beer site The Thirsty Wench, and the author of Metroland North Media’s syndicated column “On Tap.” She has appeared on TV, radio, and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer. Robin lives in Toronto.

Jordan St. John

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
Jordan St. John photo

Jordan St. John

Jordan St. John was National Beer Columnist for Sun Media from 2011 to 2015 and writes under his own banner at He is the author of three books, including the award-nominated Lost Breweries of Toronto. A Certified Cicerone, Jordan collaborates with brewers across Ontario. He lives in Toronto.