It’s a great time to be a beer lover in Canada. Thanks to the passion and dedication of brewers across the country — and everyone’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for beer — this great nation is freckled with craft breweries pumping out all sorts of lagers, stouts and everything in-between.
The craft beer bubble refuses to burst, so to celebrate, here are 13 of Canada’s finest craft beers that you should do your best to try this year. Cheers!
13 craft beers you absolutely have to try in 2017
Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour Ale -- Delta, BCThis is the year you try a sour beer. Start with Four Winds Brewing's Nectarous, winner of the 2016 Beer of the Year Award from the Canadian Brewing Awards. It'll be practically impossible not to fall in love with its peach, nectarine and citrus flavours.
FIND IT HEREFour Winds Brewing
Mythology Canadian Golden Pilsner -- Barrie, ONA Czech-style golden pilsner with a great Canadian personality that comes through in a not-too-hoppy, yet slightly grassy flavour. It's also got just the right amount of sweetness at the end.
FIND IT HEREFlying Monkeys Brewery
Fat Tug IPA -- Victoria, BCDriftwood Brewery has your beer fix right here. With its melange of melon, hops and malt, Fat Tug IPA is sure to be on any BC beer lover's list of go-tos. So why not add it to yours?
FIND IT HEREDriftwood Brewery
Milkshark -- Toronto, ONBellwoods Brewery's Milkshark isn't just something people drink to look cool. It's got pineapple, vanilla and real lactose (sorry to those of you who are intolerant), so it's unlike anything you've ever had.
FIND IT HERE@bellwoodsbeer/Instagram
Ace Hill Pilsner -- Toronto, ONNot all craft beer has to crush your palate with hops. Ace Hill, for example, does a bang up job of offering a classic and effortless drinking beer: Ace Hill Pilsner. It's simple and approachable with a crisp profile that pilsner drinkers love. Plus, it's got an attractive, clean can to match.
FIND IT HEREAce Hill
Kelp Stout -- Tofino, BCLeave it to the creative minds on Vancouver Island at Tofino Brewing Company to discover the perfect way to incorporate seaweed into a stout. Their kelp stout is robust and full with a delightful little umami taste of the sea.
FIND IT HERETofino Brewing Company
Maple Butter Tart Ale -- Toronto, ONToronto's Sweetgrass Brewing Company has effectively liquefied and canned the maple butter tart. It's sweet and buttery with a dry finish -- so it's good to the very last drop.
FIND IT HERESweetgrass Brewing Co
Atomic Cherry Tart Cherry Ale -- Aldergrove, BC.Over in B.C., Dead Frog Brewery made a tart ale with so much cherry flavour. they put it in the name... twice.
FIND IT HEREDead Frog Brewery
Peche Mortel -- Montreal, QuebecThis imperial stout has been a Canadian favourite for years. It's brewed with fair trade coffee, and that really comes through in the high-quality taste, which is bitter, strong in alcohol (9.5%) and is oddly reminiscent of your traditional double-double.
FIND IT HEREDieu de Ciel
IP Eh -- Surrey, BCRussel Brewing Company couldn't resist the pun, 'eh.' But when beer's as beautifully crafted as this one is -- with a hint of toffee and notes of pine, citrus and English malt -- who could blame them?
FIND IT HERERussel Brewing Company
Rogues Roost IPA -- Charlottetown, PEIPour yourself a glass of Rogues Roost IPA and you'll:
A. Lose yourself in the floral and citrusy scents.
B. Enjoy an underlying tea taste.
C.Feel like another.
FIND IT HEREPEI Brewing Company
Village Blacksmith -- Calgary, ABVillage Brewery's Blacksmith Black IPA is a staple dark beer that everyone needs to try at least once. This drink has both porter and stout characteristics with nutty, dark chocolate notes and a dry finish.
FIND IT HEREVillage Brewery
KLB Raspberry Wheat -- Toronto, ONNothing says summer quite like a wheat beer. Amsterdam Brewing Company's version is crisp and full-bodied with a lot of natural raspberry flavour. If you could spread this on a sandwich with peanut butter, you probably would.
FIND IT HEREAmsterdam Brewing Company