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Five beers you need to try this long weekend

Five beers you need to try this long weekend

Compiled by Greg Mercer, Kate Mercer and Owen Roberts

UPSIDE IPA, WELLINGTON BREWING

After years of focusing on English-styles ales, one of Ontario’s oldest craft brewers has finally added a year-round India Pale Ale to their lineup, and it’s been well worth the wait. Upside IPA is an unfiltered, east coast-style IPA (think juicier and hazier than west coast versions, but less bitter), with loads of Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops giving it a ton of grapefruit, peach, and tropical fruit flavours. At a surprisingly drinkable 6.8 per cent alc./vol, it’s a well-balanced, complex and delicious take on the IPA style. This brew will be available at local LCBOs, Beer Stores and grocery stores.

SerenitySERENITY NOW, BROTHERS BREWING

The newest and smallest brewery in Guelph was probably one of the most anticipated additions to downtown in years, and for good reason. The Proveau twins behind Brothers are producing some really good beers – which they also sell in takeaway bottles. Their Serenity Now saison smells like summer in a glass, and is next to their Tropic Thunder is our favourite of their stable. This traditional Belgian wheat beer was originally a warm-weather brew, and weighs in at 6.7 per cent alc./vol, and 30 IBUs.

SPOTTED COW, AMSTERDAM BREWING

This delicious Fieldberry Wheat beer from Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewing celebrates so much of Canada’s great harvest. From the standard Canadian ingredients of wheat and barley, to the Canadian raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, this is a tart, light wheat beer that is sure to impress – on top of the patriotic red and white can. A pink, hazy hue and 5 per cent alc./vol makes it perfect to enjoy on a hot summer long weekend.

8Man8 MAN, MACKINNON BROTHERS

Kingston’s acclaimed MacKinnon Brothers offer up a fine English pale ale, called 8 Man. At 5.8 per cent alc./volume you have to pace yourself with this brew, which was a bit of a challenge for me and my fishing buddies last weekend because 8 man is so smooth. It’s slightly bitter finish gently lingers, then fades quietly and mysteriously. It’s there, but it’s pretty quiet, and we found ourselves wanting more. 8 Man doesn’t compete with or interfere with anything on the BBQ. Great choice if you’re hopped out.

CITRA RHUBARB WHEAT, FORKED RIVER BREWING

Forked River‘s unique twist on an American-style summer wheat beer will surprise and refresh with each sip. If you’re put off by the sweetness of some wheat ales, the subtle tartness of the rhubarb – the London, Ont. brewery uses cold-pressed juice – will add balance that nicely compliments the spicy wheat tang and tropical fruit aromas from the Citra hops. We liked this beer more than we expected to, and at 4.6 alc./vol, you can enjoy it all afternoon.