Six brand-new local beers to drink in March
March weather is bloody unpredictable—one day you’re sitting on a prematurely opened patio, and the next you’re shivering at a bus stop or scraping ice off your windshield. Here are three brews to warm you up for those “in like a lion” days, and three more to sip in the sun for those (hopefully) “out like a lamb” ones.
Snowy day beer
Introducing our newest Imperial Stout… Malevolent Benevolence! . This version is our Molé Stout, brewed with ancho peppers, guajillo chilis, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Yeah, we know. It’s delicious. And at 11% ABV, try saying Malevolent Benevolence a few times after a glass. . It’s the first stout in our Malevolent Benevolence Imperial Stout series – over the next 6 weeks, we’ll release a new version each week. . They’ll be released in bottles to Mug Club members on Wednesdays, and the general public on Fridays, limit of 2 bottles per person per day. It's available on tap tonight as well. . . . #torontocraftbeer #ImperialStout #ontariocraftbeer #drinklocal #leslieville #queeneast #toronto #torontobeer #craftbeer #torontoeats #torontodrinks #beer #localbeer #supportlocal #rorschach #brewery #riverside
Rorschach Brewing’s Malevolent Benevolence
1001 Eastern Ave., 416-901-3233, rorschachbrewing.com
Rorschach Brewing’s series beers—seasonal brews with different pantry ingredients but the same base recipe—are the new east-end brewery’s tastiest beers yet. The Malevolent Benevolence series consists of three chewy, dark chocolate imperial stouts: a spiced mole stout, a nutty pecan stout, and a coconutty Hawaiian stout.
Pairing: Balance out the sweetness of these beers with how bitter you feel that it’s still so dang dreary out there.
Godspeed Brewery’s Mondainai
242 Coxwell Ave., 416-551-2282, godspeedbrewery.com
Luc “Bim” Lafontaine has a magic touch when it comes to subtlety and body in his beers, and this double IPA with notes of pine, grapefruit and sweet stone fruit, is no exception. The creamy texture and full body belies its 8.1 per cent ABV, so go easy on this one. Or don’t. We won’t judge. Available at the brewery and select bars.
Pairing: Another Mondainai. We know we said go easy on it, but these grey skies are soul-crushing, damn it.
We’re releasing our Ides of February brew today, the Henderson Cup! We collaborated with Home Brewer and #brewslam2017 winner Mike Vandevoort to re-create his winning submission: a hazy New England style IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops! It’s available in 655ml bottles and on tap at our brewery, but only while supplies last – don’t miss this one! #idesofhenderson
Henderson Brewing’s Ides of February
128 Sterling Rd., 416-863-8822, hendersonbrewing.com
Every month, Henderson produces a one-off brew, and the Ides of February was a collaboration with home brewer Mike Vandervoort, the winner of last year’s Henderson Cup, an annual brew-off. Aromas of papaya and resin erupt from the glass of this hazy and grapefruity New England–style double IPA, and its bold bitterness is softened by a pillowy body.
Pairing: Dreams of tropical places where things like grapefruit and papaya grow.
Sunny Day Beer
Mascot’s Goldrush Sour
31 Mercer St., 416-979-0131, mascotbrewery.com
Mascot’s brewmaster Siobhann McPherson (Mill Street, Amsterdam, Burdock) is boss, and her latest sour ale is evidence of that. Fermented with souring yogurt, this kettle sour’s lactic funk is balanced by refreshing cucumber, tart pineapple and a tingle of ginger on the finish.
Pairing: Counteract the tartness with a sweet, sweet pair of shades.
Blood Brothers’ White Lies Riesling
165 Geary Ave., 647-628-6062, bloodbrothersbrewing.com
Oenophiles take note: the Brothers’ White Lies series is fermented with a wine for a dry, lightly fruity ale that has a tropical hop burst. The latest batch employs citrusy riesling and watermelony El Dorado hops.
Pairing: A light spring jacket and hope—hope that we have seen the last of snowy-day-beer days.
Flying Monkeys’ Live Transmission Milkshake IPA
107 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, 705-721-8989, flyingmonkeys.ca
This super-herbaceous IPA smells like a tropical garden, thanks to the healthy amount of citrus peels, juicy hops and coconut white tea it’s brewed with. It’s kooky, inventive and bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Available at various LCBO stores and the brewery.
Pairing: A seat on a patio (or balcony or porch or stoop or park bench).