Roll out the (recycled) barrel for aging beer
The country boasts a host of barrel-fuelled brews, from PEI Brewing’s mellow and vanilla-ish Ice Boat; to the spicy, 25th-anniversary St-Ambroise Oak Aged Pale Ale by Montreal’s McAuslan Brewing; to the soothing Deviator Doppelbock from CAMERON’S in Ontario. Notable American brews include the frustratingly rare Canadian Breakfast Stout from Michigan’s Founders Brewing, which is conditioned in bourbon barrels that have first been used to mature maple syrup.
Some barrel-aged beers offer only hints of oakiness, while others might leave splinters between your teeth. All offer an experience miles from the everyday lager, well suited to the Canadian winter.