1) Winter Warmer
Black Creek Historic Brewery, Toronto, ON.
Available for December only, this stout beer contains a blend of vanilla, cardamom and licorice spices. It can only be bought directly from the brewery located at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. At the Historic Brewery, beer is brewed in the same way that pioneers of 1860s Ontario did. This beer is rich in flavour with less carbonation present than that of beers available today.
2) Bog Water
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., Vankleek Hill, ON
This gruit, a very rare style of beer, contains an herb called bog myrtle. The herb gives this Beau’s creation its bitterness, sweet aroma and spice. The brewery describes this winter seasonal brew as “malty, with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by spicy, earthy bitterness.” It can be found in select brew pubs, restaurants and LCBO stores.
3) Nutcracker Porter
Black Oak Brewery, Toronto, ON
This festive brew has landed this Toronto craft brewery multiple provincial and national craft brewing awards. Appropriate for the season, Black Oak has added cinnamon spices to this hoppy, lightly carbonated, dark colour beer. The result is a distinctive taste rich with flavour and character.
4) Jubilation Winter Warmer
Grand River Brewery, Cambridge, ON
Making the trip out to Cambridge may be worth it just to try this winter beer from Grand River. Each year the brew master adds different ingredients like candied orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and even hot peppers. The brewery says cold sweet malts dominate the beer’s taste with dried fruit, caramel and brown sugar spices emerging as the beer warms. This winter warmer is only available at the brewery from late fall until the holiday season.
5) Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout Winter Jack
Muskoka Brewery, Bracebridge, ON
This limited edition specialty beer is a new twist on Muskoka Brewery’s Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout seasonal winter beer. Containing roasted dark chocolate malts, cocoa, dark chocolate and cranberries harvested from nearby Johnston’s cranberry marsh, the brewery has aged a small amount of the beer in Tennessee whiskey barrels over the last year. A drive to the heart of the Muskoka’s will be necessary to get a hold of this beer while it lasts.