Those patio lanterns

Crow & Gate garden patioAll this gorgeous sun is a signal that patios are open for business. One of the key components for patio season is without a doubt a pint of cold beer. Here is a list of some of my favourite brews for lounging al fresco:

Unibroue’s Éphémère: An effervescent apple ale with Granny Smith notes, this is the quintessential aperitif. Break out creamy cheese and pear slices, and pop the cork. 740 mL, $5.95

Cannery Brewing’s Blackberry Porter: A richly coloured stout with incredible berry aromas, and a hearty finish. Excellent alongside a meal off the grill. 650 mL, $4.95

Nelson Brewing’s Liplock: A summer wheat ale available from May 1st. Hefeweizen-style with malted barley and organic wheat, this quencher likes the lemon wedge. 6/$11.45

Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly: A partially filtered white ale made with Quebec wheat and pale barley malt. A refreshing escape from a rising thermometer. 6/ $11.95, although I think it excels on tap (a good pour at The Whip on Main).

Probably the most incredible patio pints I have tasted in awhile were experienced last summer in Portland during many city-wide happy hours. But posting about those beauties would just make us all sad; so scrumptious and yet so out of reach!

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