Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery stands out with their radical beers and creative ales. Their website (and we’re saying website but it’s actually more of a groovy work of art) expertly portrays their mantra that Normal is Weird.
And one beer is just out of this world—the Space Age Sunshine Quadruple IPA. Glowing with sunny oranges and a creamy vanilla finish, this nostalgic creamsicle-inspired IPA is the perfect dessert. And don’t let the fluffy bunny on the can fool you, this quadruple IPA packs a punch with 11.6% ABV!
Kinsip Maple Whisky: perfect pair for a BBQ’d burger
As Canadians, we just can’t get enough maple. It’s everywhere. Syrup, cookies, doughnuts, candy and last but not least, whisky.
Kinsip’s Maple Whisky is the one to try this summer. It’s finished in barrels that are used for aging maple syrup, leaving behind a lingering wood smoke and sweet maple syrup taste. It’s time to bring out the BBQ because this sounds like it would go great with a few maple whisky burgers!
2019 Syrah: perfect to bring to a wine and cheese
Located in the Okanagan Valley, Painted Rock spans across 56 acres on Skaha Lake. In the 2019 Syrah aromas of savoury chocolate and notes of liquorice, vanilla and dark fruit jump out of the glass—impress your friends by bringing this bottle to a wine and cheese.
Navy Strength Gin: perfect for a good book + hammock
Patent 5 produces premium spirits and craft cocktails in the heart of Canada. The award-winning Navy Strength Gin maintains a smooth balance, with a juniper-forward aroma that is complemented by spicy citrus flavours and a sweetness that lingers on your palate. This gin is perfect on a lazy day in your hammock with a good book.
Quidi Vidi, NL
Iceberg Beer: perfect for a drink by the ocean
Beer, swag and a flight club are just the tip of the iceberg at Quidi Video Brewery. Located in a small fishing village just outside of St. John’s, Newfoundland, this brewery is home to the Iceberg Beer, which is made from 20,000 year old icebergs floating off the Canadian coast. This light beer would go down quite perfect sitting by the ocean on a breezy day.
North Vancouver, BC
Chili Vodka: perfect for a caesar + brunch on the patio
Sons of Vancouver has the best vodka for your Canadian classic drink. Made with local aquaponic chilies, their Chili Vodka has enough kick to it that you don’t even need the vinegar or hot sauce (but you can still add that, if you want to). All the spice needed is in the bottle. If you’re a fan of the heat, this one is worth a shot!
Shaggin’ Wagon: perfect after a road trip
With CIRA’s office in Ottawa, Stray Dog Brewing Company is practically in our backyard. Stray Dog is all about representing the spirit of adventure and the courage to pursue the passions that enrich our lives. With all that said, you have to pursue a taste of their Shaggin’ Wagon—a New England IPA. This hazy IPA is bursting with juicy tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and apricot. The road trip continues with a heavy dose of oats and wheat, contributing to a soft, creamy body. Bitterness takes a back seat while the hoppy flavour and aroma can’t sit still in the front. One sip of the Shaggin’ Wagon will have you relaxed after a long day on the road.
*Adapted from original post: 15 Canadian-made drinks to try this summer.