Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Canadian Craft Beer of 2021

Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Canadian Craft Beer of 2021
If you or one of your loved ones are fans of craft beer, you're in luck — Canada's many microbreweries across the country are filled with options that only seem to get more interesting, flavourful and creative with each passing year. Here are some ideas for Canadian craft beers to stock up on over the holidays.

Analog Brewing
Ready Paler One

Edmonton, AB

At just 4.1 percent ABV, this session IPA is perfect for long playtimes with buds. 

9 Mile Legacy
Lavender Menace
Saskatoon, SK

Made in collaboration with International Women's Collaboration Brew, Lavender Menace is a ​​purple-hued lager made with Northern Saskatchewan blueberries, lavender, orange peel and vanilla.

Henderson Brewing
Rush Moving Pictures Ale
 and Rush Golden Ale
Toronto, ON

Toronto's Henderson Brewing gives the Holy Triumvirate a pair of frothy homages. Rush Golden Ale is a 5.5 percent ABV rye golden ale, while Moving Pictures Ale — brewed in celebration of the album's 40th anniversary — is a 14 percent ABV Belgian dark, strong ale with riesling must. 

Collective Arts
Royal Hawaiian Dry Gin Cocktail

Hamilton, ON

Made with artisanal gin, this pineapple and lemon-flavoured tropical cocktail includes orgeat syrup and Asian five-spice for a smooth, sweet taste. 

4 Origines
Montreal State of Mind NEIPA

Montreal, QC

Get into a better headspace with this citrusy 7 percent ABV New England IPA. 

Red Ale

Montreal, QC

Brewed in Montreal, Glutenberg is a rare brew for the gluten-intolerant: a gluten-free beer that actually tastes good. Similar to English brown ales, their Red is dark amber with toasted bread, coffee and chestnut flavours. 

Garrison Brewing
Lucky Punk Sour IPA

Halifax, NS

A 5 percent ABV hybrid IPA, Garrison's hazy, golden-coloured Lucky Punk is tart and mildly bitter, with peach and hop aromatics.

Bannerman Brewing
Pool Bar Milkshake IPA
St. John's, NL

Though based in St. John's, Bannerman Brewing has tapped into more tropical vibes with this 7 percent ABV lactose IPA, conditioned on toasted coconut and pineapple.