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Top Summer Brews to Try

Beat the heat with these must-try summer brews from our partners!

1) Side Launch Brewing Company: Hibiscus Sour
The new Hibiscus Sour presents as a summery blend of red fruit with a subtle floral note and a slight lemony tang in the end as it warms. These notes carry into the flavour, with the citrus taking the lead with the hibiscus and rosehip characters to present in the clean and quick finish. Available now in the LCBO and the Side Launch Brewing Company tap room.

2) Beau’s: Radler
The refreshing taste of grapefruit in Beau’s Radler is given softer inflections and lively effervescence when mixed with organic ale. This convenient and certified organic radler is ready to enjoy!

3) Great Lakes Brewery: Rosie!
Rosie! is a Belgian-style fruit beer. After a brief hiatus, it has made a triumphant return to Great Lakes Brewery. A Belgian style dubbel with cherries and raspberries, Rosie! is as delicious as Rosie is a good girl. Visit them at the brewery to give it a try! And if you’re looking for a traditional GLB cottage classic, pick up Red Leaf Lager for the cottage.

4) Red Thread Brewing: Make Tracks Lager
An all-natural craft lager, made with Canadian grain & 2 different hop varieties, this sessionable lager is malt forward and has more flavour and hops than your basic macro-brew. Easy drinking, preservative free and perfect for your next post-hike/bike/run sesh.

5) Eastbound Brewing Co.: Backpacker Blonde
Eastbound’s gateway beer is a beer that’s welcoming for newcomers to craft beer but still full flavoured for crafty vets. Light honey aromas blend into a clean, mild malt body that allows for just a hint of fruit flavours from the Willamette hops and yeast esters. Flavourful, crisp, and endlessly drinkable this is the kind of pantry stock that should always be at the ready.

6) Redline Brewhouse: Peel Out Double IPA
Deep orange in colour with a haze that leaves it looking like a ripe piece of mango. Aromas of mangoes, sweet pineapple, orange peel and a hint of pine. Upfront the flavour is dominated by sweet tropical fruits, moves to citrus and finishes with a resinous, firm bitterness. A warming character lets you know it is high abv without overpowering the finish.

7) Glutenberg: Glutenberg Gose
For the celiacs in the group, gluten-removed beer is not enough! That’s why Glutenberg brews up something just for you – strictly gluten free beers that are safe to enjoy! The Glutenberg Gose is a sour beer with lemon and lime aromas enriched by a floral and fruity profile of Mandarina Bavaria hops. A tangy beer with a dry and bold finish.

Non-beer options:

1) SoCIAL LITE Vodka: Spiked Peach Iced Tea
The way iced tea is meant to taste! Made from real brewed tea with no added sugar or colour. Natural sweet peach flavour adds the perfect kick of refreshment to this brewed black tea. At just 100 calories this is a perfect light treat for a warm afternoon by the lake.

2) Shiny Apple Cider: Shiny Apple Cider Pinot Noir
Blending the best of crisp apple cider and delicious pinot noir, this bad boy is primed for summer sipping. Lightly carbonated, this drink is also vegan and gluten free with a crisp finish usually associated with ciders.

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