Beer Styles

India Pale Ale

Floral, fruity and citrusy, India Pale Ales are all about the hops. IPAs tend to be a top-seller across the board, and it’s easy to understand why with the distinct and delicious characteristics of the hops — that is the flavour, aroma and bitterness — stealing the show.

If you love IPAs, try Lord Stanley’s Mug Pale Ale — a spin on the classic IPA with a refreshing clear palate.

Amber Ale

Richer and slightly darker than a pale ale, amber ales have a higher maltiness with some underlying caramel characteristics. Bridging the gap between light and dark beer, you can expect medium hop bitterness, flavour and aroma that will leave you satisfied.

If you love amber ales, try Golden Plains Amber Ale — a medium flavoured brew not overwhelmed by malt with a citrus aroma.

Lager

Lagers tend to be crisp and clean-tasting, best served chilled. Flavours tend to be subtle with no one ingredient overpowering another. With the right mix of barley and other grains, the subtle flavour can be enhanced.

If you love lagers, try The Great Lakes Lager — a rich copper beer with a nice caramel, malty aroma and honey flavour.

Wheat Beer

Witbier, weissbier, weiss or hefeweizen — no matter what you call it, you are talking about a typically cloudy beer brewed with at least 30% to 50% malted wheat. Add the distinct aroma and flavour of the yeast, and you are left with a decidedly fruity and spicy beer.

If you love wheat beers, try The Charter of Rights Wheat — a hefeweizen full of clove, banana and yeasty spice flavours.

Saison

Often bottle-conditioned, saisons have some yeast character and high carbonation and can vary in colour from pale to brown in colour. Also called “farmhouse ales,” specialty ingredients contribute to their unique signature character.

If you love saisons, try The True North Saison — a full-flavoured beer with hints of vanilla bean, cinnamon and dark candied sugar.

Dubbel

Belgian-style dubbel beer, ranging in colour from brown to very dark in colour, have a malty sweetness made even better with with chocolate-like caramel aromas and flavour. Add in a medium hop bitterness and yeasty fruitiness and you have a satisfying bottle-conditioned brew.

If you love dubbel, try the Castor Gras Belgian Dubbel — a higher alcohol beer with understated bitterness, rich malt, spice and dark fruit flavour.

Porter

Porters can range in bitterness and maltiness, but all share the same dark colour and some caramel and chocolate flavours. Whether you are looking for robust roasted malt flavour and sharp bitterness or cocoa-like sweetness, there is a porter out there for you.

If you love porters, try the Chocolate Craving Porter or the Double Double Coffee Porter — both dark brews with rich malt and distinct flavours. Yes, they taste like chocolate and coffee!

Stout

Strong in alcohol and body, black in colour and rich with character, stouts are for bold beer drinkers. With distinctive roasted bitterness and typically malty flavour, stout beer is often coffee- or chocolate-forward.

If you love stouts, try the Rocky Mountain Maple Stout — an extra-dark brew with sweet plum, chocolate and maple syrup flavours.