It just stopped snowing in Toronto (WTF!), meaning it is finally time for a short little season between winter and summer known as spring!
To celebrate, we went coast to coast to find you a 6 pack that will be perfect for whatever kind of spring weather you’re having.
Mill St Cherry IPA
First tasted during the inaugural #RunTOBeer with Dan Grant (aka @BrewScout) in early March, this one is sure to be a popular one at Mill St’s Brewhouse this Spring. You can also pick it up as part of Mill St’s Summer 2014 Seasonal Sampler Pack!
Beautifully red and crystal clear, the Belgian Style Cherry IPA is one of Mill St.’s newest offerings available at it’s Toronto location. Neither the bitterness from the hops or tartness from the Ontario sour cherry juice are overwhelming. Instead, the flavours give you a refreshing and tasty beverage to enjoy this season.
Bellwoods Brewery Brettal Head
Often out of stock just as it comes in at Bellwoods retails store, keep an eye posted on their blog for news of a re-up and get there quickly!
Brettal Head pours pale golden and slightly hazy. Unlike many of Bellwoods creations, the hops in this one aren’t going to punch you in the face (their other brews do so in the best way) but instead gives way to a slightly sweet, fruity, and refreshing beer with just a touch of sourness at the end, thanks to our good friend Brett.
Philips Brewing Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA
Phillips fans rejoice! Long a staple in Western Canada, Phillips recently announced they’re heading East. As part of a BC Beer feature in the month of May, Phillips will have 2 new beers in the LCBO, making this pick accessible for those in the West and in Ontario.
This beer is slightly cloudy and golden with a solid white head that maintains good lacing. True to its style, the yeast character is prominent in the aroma and flavour. Citrus and pine are also present, more true to an American style IPA. Lighter bodied with a crisp Mouthfeel, Hoperation Tripel finishes with a lingering bitterness.
Trou du Diable Saison Du Tracteur
When Jean-Francios Gravel (Brewmaster of Dieu Du Ciel) says that TDD’s Saison Du Tracteur always has a place in his fridge, you should make room in yours as well!
Bright blonde with a beautiful foamy head, this beer looks like a blue-skied, sunny spring day. Aromas of citrus and a pinch of yeast lead to similar flavours with an enhanced spice and hay from the saison yeast. Refreshing and dry, this beer will have you thirsting for summer while you enjoy it in the spring.
Beaus Sargon Ginger Beer
Sargon is a 6% ginger beer released as part of Beau’s Barrel Aged Beer Feature at the LCBO. Before we get into the beer: This is some of the best packaging I’ve seen in a while. As more people look to beer as more than yellow-fizzy water fit for frat parties, Beau’s packaging makes you consider Sargon as a beverage for dinner parties, or a champagne substitute for celebrating.
Deep orange in colour, with a refreshing and dry finish, Sargon is a great substitute for a Dark & Stormy. Aroma is made up of ginger, spice, and root, while flavours of sweet malt, lemon, and pepper blend together before a warm finish you can thank the rum barrels for.
Big Spruce/Sawdust City You Spin Me White Round IPA
Spinney describes the beer as a “wheat based IPA with a nice light hoppy character with tons of fruit and citrus. Stone fruits and refreshing aromas of mango, papaya, pineapple, and melon. Topped with a nice body and a bit of a higher abv but still quenching and quaffable.”
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What are your go-to spring beers?
Feature image sourced on WeHeartIt. Beer photos taken by Tej Sandhu or linked to original source.