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No harm, no cheating, whether you’re in London for the Canadian Country Music Awards, another big event, or looking to throw a city-centric gift box, one thing is obvious. This city is moving up the beer rankings.

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Whether you’re a fan of the Reklaws, Lindsay Ell or Brett Kissel, here are six souvenir beers that no fan should leave without.

Northern Cardin-Ale by London Brewing. Not exactly Snowbird, the northern cardinal stays in London all year round and this year has been voted the official bird of London. The idea of ​​celebrating this long-tailed songbird took off at London Brewing in November with a beer built around the berries of Saskatoon and a portion of the proceeds goes to Bird Friendly London, an organization that campaigns for a city-friendly city. birds. Northern Cardin-Ale is 5 percent alcohol and costs $ 3.50 a can at the brewery.

Blackfriars Bridge Stout by Toboggan Brewing. London’s most famous little bridge is touted with tasty stout from Toboggan Brewing and its vanilla mate. Roasted barley is in the center of the first row with chocolate and coffee in the back row and a clean closing worm. Engage in the cars / no cars debate while drinking. It’s 6 percent alcohol and $ 6.90 at the Richmond Row Brewery.

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LoCo by Forked River Brewing. You can’t swing a stick in London without finding an NHL player or someone who knows one. Drew Doughty in Los Angeles, Nazem Kadri in Colorado, we could go on and on. Everyone has a story about hanging out with an NHL player, but no one has a sweeter one than the Brewers at Forked River, London’s oldest craft brewer. They teamed up with San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture for LoCo, a misty and juicy Kveik IPA with notes of papaya and mango. That’s 5.5 percent alcohol and $ 3.55 at the brewery.

Export Lager by Anderson Craft Ales. No sailboat (or side armadillo) from your youth on this box. Anderson Export Lager is a golden, malty colored ale, pleasant to drink with a hoppy finish, but at 6 percent alcohol, not everyone’s idea of ​​a session. Designed for export from London to your hometown, Anderson offers six 355ml cans ready for pickup for $ 15.

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Mirror Image, a sour with three fruit purees, is a new collaboration between Storm Stayed of London and Rorschach Brewing of Toronto.  (Photo of the remaining storm)
Mirror Image, a sour with three fruit purees, is a new collaboration between Storm Stayed of London and Rorschach Brewing of Toronto. (Photo of the remaining storm)

Shake Lager by Equals Brewing. The best lager in town has a big heart, too. Shake won a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards, but more importantly, his sales support the Baker Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research at London Health Sciences Center. As crispy as a lager should be, it’s 4.5% alcohol in size, and single cans (check out the Beer Store) cost $ 2.85. Shake reminds you that good guys, like good beer, come from London.

Mirror image by Storm Stayed Brewing. Sometimes waking up after a big show needs more than strong coffee, like maybe a fruity sour beer. Storm Stayed has you covered, and I’m only joking about having that beer for breakfast (wink). Fresh and new, Mirror Image is a duo featuring guest brewers Rorschach Brewing from Toronto. There are purees of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries as well as vanilla and lactose to inspire you to get out of bed. Mirror Image has 5.4 percent alcohol and $ 4.55 for a 355ml can at the brewery. Treat yourself.

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NEW AND NOTED

Want to be a Christmas hero for the beer best friend on your list? Goose Island’s Elite 2021 Bourbon County Stout is available, with a three-bottle limit, through the LCBO and other select retailers. It was aged in a sequence of barrels from Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey for up to 16 months. There are flavors of fudge, vanilla and caramel. The 500ml bottles cost $ 24.

The Imperial City of Sarnia goes brutal with Mary Jane Session IPA. Linking the hop plant to the cannabis plant in inspiration but not in content (no cannabis in this beer), Mary Jane Session IPA contains 4.2% alcohol and, laugh if you have to. , goes well with food and spicy sweet potato chips. Mary Jane Session IPA costs $ 24 for a six pack.

In Kingston, Stone City Brewing has a new beer that raises money for the local sexual assault center. We Hear You, double dry hopping, shines with notes of lemon and green tea. It was brewed with Loral, Citra and Lemondrop hops. 3.9 percent light alcohol is $ 6.50 for a 500ml bottle through the brewery.

Wayne Newton is a London-based freelance journalist.

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