Toronto’s best new craft beers

From amber ales and IPAs to stouts and sours

Over the past couple of years local brewers have turned out a wealth of new craft creations warranting toasts of their own. So as we navigate 2017, catch up on the some of the best new beers out of the Greater Toronto Area.
 

BLACK KNIGHT BLACK IPA – 6.5% ABV

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Cloaked in toasted barley and chocolate malts, with their black IPA, Halo Brewery released an inky, mysterious number that stings with hops and envelops with rich, smooth flavour: Pure, all-consuming darkness.
 

HENDERSON’S BEST – 5.5%

Henderson’s Best has Toronto written all over it, imagining the beer first brewed in the city and how that might have changed and matured over the past 215 years. They spent all of 2015 refining the amber ale, and this year, that won them praise at the Ontario Brewing Awards.
 


 

SHAGBARK EXPORT STOUT – 5.7% ABV

Taking home the People’s Choice Award in the porter/stout category at this year’s Craft Beer Awards, Sweetgrass Brewing Co.’s Shagbark is an export-style stout touting the familiar sweet/bitter chocolate and coffee blend, but some raw hickory in the brewing process also delivers some refreshing cola flavour. With any luck, it’ll be available at the LCBO in the new year.
 

LASER SHOW VERMONT STYLE IIPA – 8% ABV

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Left Field Brewery is known for brews inspired by their favourite sport, but they knocked out a home run with this ode to stadium theatrics. Bases loaded with Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops, it’s an electric brew that packs a potent performance.
 

PEPPER IN THE SKY – 5.8% ABV

True to its name, Bandit Brewery’s Pepper in the Sky is a smoky American style porter with peppercorn clouds that drift in after each gulp.
 

HOP CONE SYNDROME – 8.5%

Conceived as a means of showcasing the best of hop season, Rainhard Brewing’s double IPA offers an intense bouquet of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Columbus hops, and the ambition earned them the Silver medal in the American Style Imperial Indian Pale Ale category at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards.
 

PARADISE LOST DARK & SOUR – 7% ABV

This entry in Blood Brothers Brewing’s constantly changing series of juicy kettle sours has notes of chocolate and cherry – rich, bottled respite for those dark and stormy nights.
 

MAPLE TRUNK – 5.5% ABV

Just in time for maple syrup season, this spring Junction Craft Brewing released an amber ale defined by maple syrup tapped in Restoule, Ontario.
 

ELEPHANT MONSOON PORTER – 6.7% ABV

Cue the memes – you’ll go peanut butter jelly time with this British-style porter built on organic peanut butter and concord grape juice from Beau’s.
 


 

ACE HILL PILSNER – 4.9% ABV

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Developed in late-night garage sessions by head brewer Blake Anderson, Ace Hill’s flagship pilsner debuted a sweeter, thinner take on the classic pale lager, ideal for easy summer drinking in the summer months.
 

Gose – 5.0% ABV

This cloudy yellow-tinted beer from Collective Arts Brewing is an unfiltered wheat beer made with malted wheat. This unique brew features coriander and Himalayan sea salt, and is comparable to a sour in flavour.

3 Speed Lager – 4.2% ABV

Amsterdam Brewery have delivered a flavourful, highly drinkable beer on the lighter side of the scale with its 3 Speed Lager. It’s brewed with true lager yeast and aged for 26 days.
 

Mascot Pilsner

Mascot Brewery offers a unique rustic setting in the heart of downtown Toronto and their pilsner is among the best new brews you’ll find in the city.

(Editor’s note: The criteria for beers to be considered “new” for this list was one-to-two years since release.)