Ontario quietly became a beer lovers haven in the past few years. Canada has always boasted a few renowned beers, but the scene has absolutely exploded with the advent of Indian Pale Ale’s. These relatively new beers have taken the world by storm and Ontario jumped on the train with enthusiasm.

So now the province has hundreds of independent breweries, all making their own great IPA’s. And even Mississauga itself has a  few well worth visiting. If you’re interested in the craft beer scene – and why wouldn’t you be? – then read on and learn about the four local beers we recommend you try this week. All of which are available at LCBO and perfect for enjoying this St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you won’t make it to the bars.

5 Paddles Home Sweet Home

“Clean, crisp and easy drinking with light herbal hop notes and a complex maltiness from the honey malt and the Madagascar vanilla. The nuanced palate is medium weight with medium carbonation which helps to keep the sweetness of vanilla from becoming cloying. Pair with slow-roasted meats for a flavourful experience.”

Cost: $3.65

Alcohol Volume: 5.5%

Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA

“Brewed with lots of fresh hops; bottled unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Pours a hazy amber with aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple and resinous hops. The palate is full, rich and well carbonated, with flavours that deliver what the nose promised. Long and fruity, bitter hop finish. Great with smoky burgers.”

Cost: $3.45

Alcohol Volume: 7.1%

Barnstormer Flight Delay

“Barrie Ontario’s Barnstormer Brewing creates a true west-coast style IPA. In the glass, it is a hazy gold colour with aromas of hops, tropical fruit, malt and grain. On the palate, a foundation of sweet malt balances the assertive hops character. Cleansing bitterness lingers on a long finish.”

Cost: $3.55

Alcohol Volume: 6.5%

Collective Arts Ransack The Universe

“The hemisphere note refers to the use of Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, USA. These impart tropical aromas and flavours; the palate is lightly malted yet refreshing and finishes crisp but flavourful.”

Cost: $3.55

Alcohol Volume: 6.8%