By Tracy Phillipi
‘Hop Heads’ can rejoice as three new Ontario Craft Beers are now at an NSLC near you. As Nova Scotia’s beer drinkers continue to discover favourite new styles, three Ontario breweries are entering the NSLC to help you embrace your inner hop head. Ontario’s beer scene means business — in fact, there are more than 100 breweries in the province employing nearly 1,000 people. So, “hop” on down to the NSLC and try these new flavourful offerings.
Muskoka Brewery’s Detour
Nestled in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka Brewery has been creating handcrafted brews since 1995 and is one of Canada’s fastest growing breweries. Detour is their second beer to make its way out to thirsty Nova Scotians.
Muskoka’s Detour is loaded with a kick of refreshing hops.
“We wanted to create an approachable IPA that is both refreshing and easy-to-drink,” says founder Gary McMullen.
Alongside it’s IPA bitterness, you’re likely to find notes of bright tropical fruit, pineapple and mango. At 4.3 per cent ABV, Detour will make the perfect companion to the long awaited summer camping trip.
Amsterdam Brewery’s Boneshaker Unfiltered IPA
Amsterdam Brewery began 29 years ago when it opened as Toronto’s first brewpub, and they’ve been introducing Ontarians to new styles of beer ever since.
Amsterdam’s Boneshaker IPA arrives in Nova Scotia fresh off of its 2014 Gold Medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards. This ‘big’ beer is unfiltered and naturally carbonated, with generous amounts of grapefruit and pine hop flavours.
Mad & Noisy Brewing’s Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager
The brewers at Creemore Spring’s Brewery have decided to have a little fun with their new experimental series “Mad & Noisy.” Named after two colliding rivers near Creemore, the series takes an unconventional twist on classic beer styles.
Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager combines the hop bitterness of an IPA (India Pale Ale) with the classic refreshing taste of a lager. The first of its kind in Nova Scotia, this beer is “not for the faint of hops.”