Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Canadian Craft Beer of 2021
Published Dec 17, 2021If 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.
Ready Paler One
At just 4.1 percent ABV, this session IPA is perfect for long playtimes with buds.
9 Mile Legacy
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.
Rush Moving Pictures Ale and Rush Golden Ale
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.
Royal Hawaiian Dry Gin Cocktail
Made with artisanal gin, this pineapple and lemon-flavoured tropical cocktail includes orgeat syrup and Asian five-spice for a smooth, sweet taste.
Montreal State of Mind NEIPA
Get into a better headspace with this citrusy 7 percent ABV New England IPA.
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.
Lucky Punk Sour IPA
A 5 percent ABV hybrid IPA, Garrison's hazy, golden-coloured Lucky Punk is tart and mildly bitter, with peach and hop aromatics.
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.