13 Canadian Craft Beers You Should Know About
Throughout 2020, supporting small and local businesses was a key priority that remains true today. While the hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, some businesses have managed to innovate and offer seamless experiences with world-class customer service. Microbreweries are one such example and have adapted to operate through the pandemic with online ordering and delivery. Throughout isolation and in celebration of supporting small businesses, this collection of local breweries can bring the party to you.
Whether you’re looking for new brands to try or are just an enthusiast adding to your collection, we’ve rounded up some of the best brews across Canada that can deliver straight to your door.
With free local delivery over $50, this Toronto based brewery is the perfect place to fill up on your Canada Day refreshments. Their entire unique collection is available to order in single 500ml bottles or packs of four. With a full online shop, bottle shop and wholesale options available Blood Brothers can cover whatever beer based needs you might have.
It could be said that the beer god’s rejoiced the day that Stephane Dubois and Shehzad Hamza met at a local Toronto craft brewery over six years ago. With Stephane’s previous knowledge of home brewing and Shehzad’s love for a unique, well-made brew, Bandit Brewery was soon created blending the Co-Founders passions. Now offering free local delivery on orders over $50 and same day delivery on orders made before 11 a.m., Bandit Brewery will fulfill your beer needs all quarantine long!
If the beers don’t pull you in, the captivating label designs will. Halo Brewery has made a name for themselves within the Toronto microbrewery community for its unique style and distinct ales that are rooted in the Belgian and American brewing philosophy. After a couple of disaster brews owner and now head-brewer, Callum Hay, left his job as a software engineer to follow his new found passion. For one of a kind beers Halo Brewery has you covered!
Matron Fine Beer
Bloomfield, Prince Edward County
Thoughtfully brewed, Matron Fine Beer is the creation of three friends who decided to enter the brewing industry. Prince Edward County may be known for its wine, but it’s also home to Matron’s collection of four beers that are mindfully-brewed in small batches for superior taste and quality. They offer free home delivery to Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston on a $78 minimum order.
This Bloor St. based emporium is home to creative pale ales, lagers and wine-beers. Burdock incorporates unique flavours like cherry and raspberry into brews that taste as good as they look. You also have the option to get premium flavoured chips to your door to enjoy with your beer. Burdock offers same day delivery in Toronto if you place your order before 11 a.m., and free shipping if you fill a case: 24 cans or 12 bottles.
This Hamilton, Ont. craft brewery was built to marry the creative spirit of craft beer and emerging artists and musicians. Collective Arts cans feature limited edition designs as unique as the beer inside of them. Their ‘Mix 6’ pack is a great way to find your favourite with six very different, but delicious brews that are sure to quench your thirst. They have a $50 minimum for delivery, place your order before 12 p.m. for same-day drop off in certain parts of Ontario. See their delivery details here.
Cabin Brewing Company
Cabin Brewing Company wants their beer to evoke the feeling of wonder that you experience when you enter a getaway cabin escape. Awarded the 2020 Alberta Brewery of the Year, you can have four types of Cabin Brewing Company’s best-selling beers brought to your door. Deliveries happen on Wednesday and Saturday between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and same-day orders must be placed before noon. At this time Cabin Brewing Company can only deliver within the Calgary city limits.
Phillips Brewing and Malting Co.
Victoria, British Columbia
With an origin story that embodies perfectly the idea of craft beer, Philips Brewing and Malting Co was launched with pure grit and a whole lot of credit cards. Years later Founder Matt Phillips, and his first two employees who ironically have the same name, are still making quality beer on their terms. Phillips full collection is available for purchase and delivery through their website.
Drawing inspiration from the year ‘88, Eighty-Eight Brewing Company aims to encapsulate the attitude and fun during the year Calgary was finding its place on the world stage. Based in Inglewood, Calgary, Alta., the fun coloured cans will take you back a few decades, but their brews will take you out of this world. Delivery is limited to Calgary city limits, and takes place on Wednesday and Saturday. You must order before 3 p.m. for same-day drop-off which is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Best friends and co-founders, Terry Brown and Dan Webster created the Container Brewing lounge to be a place for good beer, good food and good conversation. From pilsners to stouts to IPAS, you’re sure to find a new favourite. The lounge is now open so you can experience Container Brewing beers on-site, but if you don’t feel like leaving your home, no problem, they are still offering delivery! Container Brewing will bring beer right to your door if you live in the Vancouver area, and deliver to Burnaby and North Vancouver once a week. Check here for their delivery schedule, and make sure you have a minimum order of $40 for free shipping.
Four Winds Brewing
Delta, British Columbia
Family-owned and built, Four Winds Brewing is the product of lots of love and hard work by the Mills family. They use inspiration from around the world to create unique flavours with European flair and West Coast style. The result is craft beers full of character, depth and balance. Four Winds offers delivery to Vancouver, Richmond, North Delta and Surrey, Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays) on orders over $40. Order before 9 a.m. for same-day delivery, or have your beer on your doorstep the following day.
Montague, Prince Edward Island
Bogside Brewing defines itself as a way of life. Located in Montague, P.E.I., the brewery is a place meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, but began to offer delivery during the pandemic. You can enjoy the selection from Atlantic Canada Brewing Awards ‘2019 Brewery of the Year’ from the comfort of your own home if you live in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. Prices for delivery vary, and we recommend their ‘Summer Starter’ pack to ease your way into the Bogside lifestyle.
Big Spruce Brewing
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
In the heart of Cape Breton, N.S., lies Big Spruce Brewing. Known as Atlantic Canada’s only certified organic, on-farm craft brewery, Big Spruce Brewing was built from a dream and a 100 year old farmhouse. Unfiltered and unbelievably good, Big Spruce offers a large variety, ranging from IPAs and Stouts to Pale Ales and Lager. They offer free shipping across Nova Scotia and for cross-Canada orders over $125. Orders of cans must be in multiples of 12, bottles in six.