We are taking a short break from all the fashion-focused Shop All Weekend posts this week, since the pre-fall and fall collections haven’t made their way into stores just yet. Instead, we’ve decided to shift our shopping focus to food and beverages — more specifically beer. It’s the time of the year where the sun is shining, and there is nothing better than kicking back on the patio with a few cold ones in the company of friends and family. To get you ready for the next few weeks of nice patio drinking weather, here are four refreshing, flavorful craft beers that stray from the standard of tasteless lagers.
Great Lakes Brewery: Limp Puppet
It’s no fun when after having one or two strong beers you suddenly and feel like you’ve had one too many, especially when you’re drinking outside in the sunshine. If you’re looking for a light ABV beer that still packs a ton of flavor — one that you can “crush” many cans of during the bright hours of the day — we highly recommend Great Lakes Brewery’s Limp Puppet. This session ale is unfiltered and hazy with a dull yellow hue, and features flavours of passionfruit, lemon, and tangerine.
Bellwoods Brewery: Roman Candle
Bellwoods Brewery is one of the most popular places to kick it in the afternoon on a hot summer’s day. The only downside is the long lines — you could be waiting for an hour just to get a few beers. Luckily Bellwoods offers a bottle shop where you can pick up some of their in house-brewed beer and take it back to your own patio to enjoy. Bollywood’s Roman Candle is a staple beer in their lineup, a no-nonsense IPA that features aromas of pine, melon and tangerine.
Where To Buy: Bellwoods Brewery
Amsterdam Brewing Co.: Sweetwater Squeeze Radler
If you’re not into traditional beer but still crave something refreshing on a hot summer’s day, Amsterdam Brewing Co.’s Sweetwater Squeeze Radler is for you. Made from a blend of house-made soda, blood orange juice and beer, this low ABV beer cocktail is sure to do the trick.
Where To Buy: LCBO
Kensington Brewing Company: Fruitstand Watermelon Wheat
Keeping with the theme of refreshing radler-esque beers for those Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Kensington Brewing Company brews something totally unique that’s only available in the city. Their Fruitstand Watermelon fuses crisp wheat ale with 100% natural watermelon juice during the fermentation process. The end result is a unique blend of fruit and beer that sounds like it doesn’t work, but actually does when you take a sip.
Where To Buy: LCBO