LCBO # / PRODUCT NAME / BREWERY NAME / % alc./vol. / Unit Size (Ml) / Proposed Retail (subject to change)
224816 / Lindeman’s Kriek / Lindemans / 6 / 355 / $5.95
224824 / Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene (Gueuze) / Lindemans / 5 / 355 / $6.45
105874 / Great Lakes Green Tea Ale / Great Lakes Brewery / 4.2 / 650 / $4.95
165746 / Dieu du Ciel! Rosee d’Hibiscus / Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! / 5.9 / 341 / $3.10
229629 / Dominus Vobiscum Blanche / MicroBrasserie Charlevoix / 5 / 500 / $3.85
224212 / Coeur Brise Raspberry Beer / Brasseurs de Montreal / 4.5 / 341 / $2.85
175018 / Cherry Ale / Trafalgar Ales and Meads / 4.5 / 650 / $4.50
157651 / Organic Wiesen Edel-Weisse / Privatbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn / 6.2 / 500 / $3.25
234187 / Schofferhofer Hefeweizen / Radeberger Gruppe KG / 5 / 500 / $2.50
696955 / Christoffel Bier / Sint Christoffel Bier B.V. / 6 / 330 / $2.85
696831 / Banana Bread Beer / Wells and Young’s Brewing Co. / 5.2 / 500 / $3.50
223818 / Sunburst Golden Ale by Dark Star Brewery / Branded Drinks LTD / 4.8 / 500 / $3.45
224600 / Celt Golden Crafted Ale / The Celt Experience Ltd / 4.2 / 500 / $3.45
171439 / Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale / Samuel Smith Old Brewery / 5.1 / 550 / $5.50
244632 / Badger Golden Champion Ale / Hall & Woodhouse Ltd. / 5 / 500 / $3.50
676858 / Organic Honey Dew / Fuller Smith & Turner PLC / 5 / 500 / $3.25
224220 / 2XIPA / Southern Tier Brewing Co. INC. / 8.2 / 355 / $2.95
The biggest news that I missed while on vacation was that the LCBO released the list of specialty beers coming to Ontario this summer. This is the release that always seems to get the most derision, but even this release is starting to show a nice improvement. The Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene is a favourite gueuze of mine, especially because it tastes great and usually won’t kill the wallet. Another pleasant surprise is the Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Blanche, a wonderful Belgian-style wheat beer from Quebec. A great beer on really hot days.
One complaint about the release is that it is very heavy on flavoured beers – two raspberry, two cherry, a hibiscus, green tea and a banana. I am in no way opposed to these types of beers, but it seems like a bit of overkill. The high number of golden ales is also surprising – why not throw in a pilsner, kölsch or pale ale into the mix? I predict that at least one of these beers will languish on store shelves for far too long and still be haunting us when the leaves change colours.
The release will start appearing as of May 22nd and I’ll have a full review up roughly a week before that.