Ontario Craft Brewers And The Beers They Love

other than the beer they brew, of course

Ontario Craft Brewers And The Beers They Love

I'm a huge fan of Ontario micro-brewed beers and spent most of this summer with a fridge full of one craft beer or another. I've converted most of my friends over to the micro-brewed beer scene and can very often be heard arguing the virtues of drinking locally-produced beers over larger, imported brands. With dozens and dozens of craft beers on the market there surely has to be a beer you're going to love that supports local growth and improves our beer scene as a whole. To be clear, in Ontario a craft beer is made in limited quantity by a micro-brewery without the use of any additives or preservatives.

In August I went to the Festival of Beer hosted at Exhibition Place in Toronto. It is an excellent place to get around and try a whole bunch of different craft beers without needing to commit to a 6- or 12-pack as you'd have to at the Beer Store or LCBO. Rather than simply wander about tasting many of the beers I had already tried, instead I decided to approach each Ontario micro-brewery with a simple question for their staff:

Other than the beer you brew, what is your favourite Ontario craft beer?

I was pleasantly surprised by the varied answers and the popularity of some of the beers amongst competitors. It's definitely helped steer me towards some new labels when I go shopping for beer.

BrewerTheir Favourite Ontario craft beer
Great Lakes BreweryAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA
Old Credit Brewing Co.Cameron's Auburn Ale
Hogtown BrewersBrick Waterloo Dark
Beau's All Natural BrewingBlack Oak Pale Ale
Creemore Springs BreweryLake of Bays Pale Ale
Steam Whistle BrewingFlying Monkey's Hoptical Illusion
Flying Monkeys Craft BreweryGreat Lakes Crazy Canuck
Stone Hammer BeerGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
Railway City Brewing CompanyBlack Oak Pale Ale
Wellington BrewerySpearhead's Hawaiin Style Pale Ale
Hogsback Brewing CompanyAshton Brewing Company Amber
Black Oak Brewing CompanyLake of Bays Pale Ale
Brick Brewing CompanyHogtown Beer
Lake of Bays Brewing CompanyMill Street Original Organic
MooseheadBlack Oak Pale Ale
Cool Beer Brewing Co.Creemore's Altbier
Magnotta BreweryFlying Monkey's Hoptical Illusion



Apple-Infused, Honey-Glazed Chicken

A Rosh Hashana Recipe Redux

Apple-Infused, Honey-Glazed Chicken

In a lot of homes September means back to school, cooler mornings and leaves to rake—in my home it's always meant great food, time with family and the start of a new year. Wait, what? That's right—a new year. Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish year falls in September/October every year. Aside from a day full of prayers in synagogue it generally means gathering all the family around for some giant meals and festive eating. Not a bad way to kick off the year, am-i-right? Traditionally there is a lot of sweet food served to usher in a sweet new year, and the tradition of eating apples with honey comes from similar roots. 

This spin on a traditional roast chicken uses apple flavoured tea to infuse the chicken from inside, and sweet caramelized honey to enhance it from without. A delectable twist on an ancient tradition that will have your guests singing your praises these High Holidays.

1 disposable paper tea filter
1.5 tablespoons apple flavoured tea (such as Big Apple by David's Tea)
1 whole chicken (3-5 lbs)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
Salt & pepper, to taste

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean and dry chicken, Remove any excess fat and giblets. 

 Fill the tea bags with the tea and fold to seal - then stuff inside of the chicken.

 Season all sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and cinnamon and place in a roasting pan.

 Combine olive oil and honey in a small bowl then using a brush coat entire chicken with mixture.

 Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425F and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165F and skin is golden, about 10 minutes longer. 

 Dispose of tea pouch before serving.

Grab an apple cider and check out even more Golden Delicious apple recipes that will have you feeling fab about fall.