Spring is here early — and so are a bunch of warmer weather brews that we can’t stop drinking.

Here are 18 Reasons to Drink These Six Beers Now

Ayinger Weizenbock, Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying, Aying, Germany, ABV 7.1%

  • Fusing beer styles is an old school art form. Wheat beer meets Bock in this beer style created  in 1907 by the”First Family of wheat beers,” Georg Schneider and Sohn.
  • The mix of spice, fruitiness and toasted grain make this beer taste like Bananas Foster in a glass. Aw yeah.
  • Brewed using 60% wheat malt and 40% barley malt by classic Bavarian brewery, Ayinger.

Grab it at the LCBO $4.95/500ml bottle

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, Brouwerij Lindemans, Vlezenbeek, Belgium

  • True, unsweetened lambics from Belgium are a treasure. Spontaneously fermented and then blended from young and old lambics to produce a sparkling Gueuze, we think of this beer as a dry, very funky, champers.
  • We’re all about the barnyard funk! Complex, tart,  effervescent and very, very dry.  Take a whiff and you’ll get what we call “feet,” or as David Ort calls it, “broccoli and cheese.”
  • Doesn’t hit the LCBO often, can be aged for years, so stock up on it now sour lovers.

Grab it at the LCBO, $6.95/ 330ml

Cheval Blanc Double Blanche, Brasseurs R.J., Quebec, ABV 6.2%

  • It’s an amped-up Belgian witbier with hops. Expect a firm long bitter finish.
  • We adore the 80’s style white horse galloping on the label. But what’s inside is even better: golden hued with a fluffy white head, banana and light spice on the nose, flavours of light orange, some black pepper, sweetness in the background.
  • Only  at the LCBO until July 1st. Get it while you can.

Grab it at the LCBO, $5.95/750ML

Maximus IPA, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, California, ABV 8.2%

  • Better than most double IPA’s we’ve tried lately because the hops and malts are so well balanced making it silky smooth, not prickly and hot.
  • Folks are sayin’ it’s pricey, but we compared it litre to litre with Nickel Brook’s Immodest Imperial IPA ($5 a can) and this one comes out cheaper.
  • On the nose spicy orange peel and lemon candy, with a silky body, spicy hops on the sip with a sweet candied malt background with warming alcohol.

Grab it at the LCBO, $16.95/6-pack

John H.R. Molson & Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale, Molson Coors Canada, Montreal, ABV 6.8%

  • The coolest thing Molson has done since Prohibition. This is a recipe lifted straight from the archives and expertly recreated by Molson’s talented brewmasters.
  • We love the ale’s full body and perfect mix of multigrain-toast-like malt, fruity Nibs-like note and a boldly bitter, earthy hop finale.
  • Want to geek out to the history of this beer and recipe? Go deep with this post from Jordan St John.

Grab it at the Beer Store or LCBO, $3.95/625 ml bottle


Anniversary No. 3, Left Field Brewery, Toronto, ABV 7.6%

  • One of the best Ontario Saisons we’ve tasted. Get your butt to the brewery and grab it now!
  • Pouring a burnt gold, aromas of passionfruit and lime (thank you Nelson Sauvin), with apricot pith, white pepper and lemon tart on the palate, finishing dry with tiny, delightful bubbles.
  • Toast Left Field’s third anniversary — the power couple behind this East End favourite have come a long way in a short time.

Get it Left Field’s Bottle Shop, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto

What’s in your Spring Sixer? Share your picks in the comments below![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]