craft beer

Category: craft beer

It’s always difficult to get everything that you want into a book. In the case of the Second Edition of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, Robin and I trailed around all over the province in order to taste beer at well over 200 breweries. We revisited the majority of the brewers who were in their second year of operation because we wanted readers to understand that there is a sharp uptick in brewing quality year over year from the point when breweries open.

I’m currently sitting at my desk looking over the weathered notebook that was my constant companion throughout the creation of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide. Every pub, every brewery, every beer that I was around, my notebook was always with me. Among the notes and impressions I had on the individual beers, I also included some of the lessons I learned while doing my part in putting this guide together. The biggest one, of course, is how far Ontario has come in beer selection.

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.