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

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - HOT SUMMER GUIDE FOOD & DRINKS - By SARAH PARNIAK

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

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