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Aug 6, 2009 12:20 PM

ONTARIO Beers worth trying

Hey all, I want to stop shelling out my money to these major corporations that mostly aren't even Canadian owned anymore and start buying some Ontario crafted beers.. I've been buying steamwhistle for a long time, and I'm sure there are many I've tried already but I guess I will use this thread for 2 purposes.... For you all to tell your favorites and reccomend ones worth trying, and also for me to leave notes once I've tried one.. Whether I liked it or not, and so on...

Tonight feels like a beer drinking night so I'll be picking up some cold ones later tonight

If you have a favorite, something you enjoy, I want to hear about it... and I'll probably pick some up

Don't slag this message off to the other BEER board or anything because I'm only interested in Ontario made and Ontario sold


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  1. There are some great beers being produced by Andy and Val at Neustadt Springs. Their 10W30 is a fave of mine.


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    1. re: legourmettv

      10W30 is a great beer. Especially in the colder months.

      1. re: legourmettv

        Fantastic beer! Available from the LCBO (in some places) as well as from the brewery store.

      2. This is a great website for finding a craft brewer

        And I think you're out on the west end so i would say give Old Credit a try

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        1. I only dabble in beer, but what I have liked so far are:

          Wellington County Ale
          Mill Street Tankhouse
          Mill Street Coffee Porter (especially with a late brunch ;)

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          1. re: pescatarian

            I second pescatarian's Mill St. picks. Friends recommend their Organic Lager as well. I've tried it, and it's certainly crisp and clean, but not a style I like.

            Also, I absolutely love Al's Cask Ale on tap at C'est What.

          2. Amsterdam on Bathurst & Lakeshore make a tasty brew. Bring your bike by on Saturdays around 11 AM and they might be giving away free samples.

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            1. re: GoodGravy

              i thought they had a tasting area with serve yourself pours available while they were open, period? did they change it? i noticed last time that you had to ask for a cup rather than a large stack of them just being available by the taps.

              i'm currently a fan of sgt majors ipa from scotch irish brewing... they would be my default canadian beer when i don't have american microbrew available in mass quantities. the only mill street i'm a fan of is the wit and i'm a bit hazy on the rest right now....

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                great lakes brewery has my vote...check out the orange pale ale or the green tea ale.
                Perfect for a summers eve.

                1. re: domesticgodess

                  Oh my, that green tea ale was horrendously disgusting to my tastes. It tasted like oversteeped tea (harsh, bitter yet sour) mixed with keg leftovers. If one must have a green tea beer, it's not Ontario but the one at Dieu de Ciel was fantasticly refreshing.

                  1. re: pinkprimp

                    I didn't find it disgusting, but rather extremely bland. Flavours did not integrate well at all, you just taste pilsner with a little green tea and ginseng. Pass....

                    Creemore has a limited release out now called Kellerbier. Only 80,000 cans so once it's gone it's gone. Some lcbo locations have already sold out, hopefully they restock.


                    Had some Church Key rosemary & ginger ale at Smokeless Joe's recently, great stuff.

                    Not beer but I would highly recommend Waupoos cider from Prince Edward County.

                    1. re: aser

                      Yeah, I'm with you on the "not disgusting, but bland" front - to me it didn't really taste like beer or tea. I tasted it at the LCBO, and there were a couple of girls there ooh-ing and aah-ing over it, saying that they "don't usually like beer, but this is nice." They left, and the woman pouring the tastes poured me the 666, which I remarked was much more my speed, and she said, "yeah, me too." :) LOVE it when a product rep gives you an honest opinion on their own product.

                      1. re: aser

                        Yeah, the Creemore Kellerbier is really good. I bought quite a few cans for the remainder of the month!

                        1. re: tjr

                          LCBO inventory is still fairly good in most larger stores

                          1. re: jayt90

                            Looks like there is still some Kellerbier available (link still works but with current dates). Any chance I can keep a can or two in drinkable condition until I give birth sometime in mid-October?

                            1. re: julesrules

                              I've been trying to find this in my local LCBO's with no luck.. I even drove out of my way to one 15 mins away because said they had 40 in stock.. But none.

                              1. re: duckdown

                                Union Station LCBO still had some as of about 5pm yesterday, you could give them a call.

                              2. re: julesrules

                                Yeah, keep 'em in the fridge and they should be fine. Cans do a better job keeping beer fresh than bottles. 6-8 weeks should be fine.

                    2. re: pinstripeprincess

                      As far as I can make out, the Amsterdam tasting policy is...erratic.

                      I do like the Mill St. beers (Tankhouse and Coffee Porter are my favorites), and the Great Lakes seasonals (not a fan of the green tea, but I do like the orange peel, the pumpkin ale they make in the fall, and the winter ale). I also like their Devil's Pale Ale, but be forewarned that it is NOT an IPA - when I give it to people they seem to be expecting all of the hoppiness of an IPA, which it really isn't trying to be. It would probably be a better beer if they tinkered with the proportions rather than wedding themselves to the 6-6-6 gimmick, but I still like it.

                      I also really like the beers that I have had from Barley Days out in Prince Edward County, and Church Key Holy Smoke is delicious if you like smokey beer.

                  2. I also love Mill Street Tank House.
                    Mill street also makes a "whit" beer that is fantastic!!

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                    1. re: Baelsette

                      If you like the Wit you'll LOVE Denison's
                      It's a shame they don't sell it in the bottle or at least in like a "bubba" size

                      1. re: CoffeeAddict416

                        Agreed. Denison's actually makes one of the best white beers in the world.