Forget wine tours! This is the comprehensive guide to Ontario’s craft-beer revival and the brewers behind it.
The renaissance of craft beer that has swept North America over the past thirty years has transformed the Ontario landscape, leaving over two hundred breweries, both great and humble, dotting the province. The diversity of craft beers we now enjoy is unprecedented in history and dazzling to behold. For the growing number of people who find their interest piqued, the sheer selection of brews can be intimidating.
The Ontario Craft Beer Guide gives readers, whether bright-eyed beginners or aficionados of the highest calibre, a dependable field guide to the beers of Ontario. Noted experts Jordan St. John (Lost Breweries of Toronto) and Robin LeBlanc (The Thirsty Wench) tell the stories of some of Ontario’s most notable breweries and provide expert ratings for nearly a thousand beers.
Robin LeBlanc is a writer and photographer. As the owner of the award-winning craft beer site thethirstywench.com and writer for Torontoist’s beer column, “Inherent Weisse,” she has appeared on TV, radio, and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer. She lives in Toronto.
Jordan St. John was National Beer Columnist for Sun Media from 2011 to 2015 and writes under his own banner at saintjohnswort.ca. He is the author of three books, including the award-nominated Lost Breweries of Toronto. A Certified Cicerone, Jordan collaborates with brewers across Ontario. He lives in Toronto.
Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John have done an admirable job of profiling Ontario’s dynamic and expanding beer industry.
Anyone who drinks beer in Ontario owes LeBlanc and St. John a pint for completing the arduous (no, really) job of cataloguing and rating many hundreds of brands, resulting in a thorough, authoritative and fascinating list.
With this level of detail I can transpose my palate to their recommendations and still trust their recommendations. Trust. That’s it. I can trust a book like this. So can you.
While I do my best to steer readers in the right direction, Ontario beer drinkers owe a debt of gratitude to Jordan St. John and Robin LeBlanc, authors of the recently published Ontario Craft Beer Guide
I started ticking off the brews that I’ve tried, and I’ve learned that I have a lot of beer to discover.
A unique and thorough snapshot of the beer industry in a region that is on the cusp of a very large boom.
A hugely useful new intro to the beautiful madness that is the current scene.