No. 24 Suck back the perfect Summer Suds.
BREWERS HAVE APPLIED THEIR BEST EXPERTISE TO DESIGNING BEERS MEANT TO BE IMBIBED DURING THE HOT MONTHS
Cheval Blanc Rating
NNN WHY This Montreal-brewed Belgian- style wit is crisp, citrusy and mellow: a solid patio pint. Cheval Blanc isn’t reinventing the wit wheel – there aren’t many complexities to ponder – but, paradoxically, its dry finish goes a long way in the quench department. PRICE 6 x 341 ml bottles/$13.60 AVAILABILITY LCBO 302851
Session Saison Rating
NNN WHY This classy saison is a collaborative exclusive from the Local 7 collective (the brew luminati of the Auld Spot, Bar Hop, BarVolo, Bryden’s, C’est What, the Only Café and WVRST) brewed to fruition by Sam Corbeil (of Sawdust City). Spiked with raspberry and lemon verbena, it’s called Session for a reason: sweet, tart and perfect for passing back and forth across a picnic blanket. PRICE 750 ml/$9.95 AVAILABILITY LCBO 383927, or grab a pint at Session Craft Beer Festival, June 13-14 at Yonge-Dundas Square (sessiontoronto.com).
ñRodenbach Classic Rating
NNNN WHY I drank buckets of Rodenbach last summer, and I see no good reason to switch gears this year. Increasingly trendy sour beers can be hard for some to wrap their palates around, but consider this classic Flanders red ale an ambassador for the style. With its notes of tangy cherry and oak, this is an elegant, mouthwatering Sour Brew 101. AVAILABILITY On draught and in bottles at specialty beer bars like Bar Hop (391 King West, 647-352-7476, barhopbar.com), Beer Bistro (18 King East, 416-861-9872, beerbistro.com) and Bier Markt locations. Treat yourself to the Grand Cru if you can find it.
ñCollective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason Rating
NNNN WHY A recent abundance of quaffable, locally brewed pale ales has those wary of having their tongues eviscerated by hops bombs drinking for joy. An extrapale APA, Rhyme & Reason is dry-hopped to preserve a juicy bouquet without the sucker-punching bitterness. What I mean is that you can easily throw back a six in the sun. (Feel free to take that as a challenge.) PRICE 6 x 355 ml/$14 AVAILABILITY LCBO 363465
ñPilsner Urquell Rating
NNNN WHY The OG Czech brand that started the golden antiale revolution back in 1842 maintains a devoted following of beer geeks and casual drinkers alike. Grassy, bready and bitter, Urquell remains the paradigm pilsner, setting the standard for refreshment. PRICE 500 ml/$2.55 AVAILABILITY LCBO 255380