Post # 1
Not to discriminate against out South of the Border cousins but what’s available in Canada vs the US in terms of beer seems to be pretty different.
I can pick whatever I want as long as it’s available by LCBO or The Beer Store (the provicial agencies for Ontario).
Ideally, it should be in bottles (caterer’s preference).
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: I had a BBQ this summer and had a ton of different microbrewed beers that I thought would be a big hit. Alas, everyone gravitated toward three bottled beers: Alexander Keith’s, Samuel Adams (which is finally available at the beer store, YAY!) and Mill Street Organic. Molson Canadian is a pretty safe bet too.
Post # 4
Personally I love Molson 67, and Alexander Keiths. I know lots of people like Original 16 (not sure if its available in bottles) and Miller Chill. I live in the same town as the Great Western brewery, so lots of our functions are stocked with GW products… dont know if you have those in ontario. It’s good to have a few different options like a light, a flavored (like lime or iced tea), a pale ale, and a more full bodied beer, so everyone has something they prefer.
Post # 5
@mgol25: I find it funny, Mill Street Organic is recommended by our caterer too, I personally can’t stand it and would much prefer the Mill Street Stock ale, FH is from Nova Scotia so Keiths is a must, he really like the Sam Adams too. I had put him in charge of beer selection but he’s slacking so I figured I would turn to my bees 🙂
@Charliejeorge: We’re doing beer and wine only and I’ve debated getting a cider or another cooler of some sort but then I worry that i’m just opening up to questions about why no full bar.
Post # 6
I prefer Stella, Creemore and MGD 🙂
Post # 7
Bud and Bud light is always a standard at events we attend.
Post # 8
@MsGinkgo: My DH loves Michelob Ultra. It seems to have gained in popularity lately too. I’m not sure what the price is though, it’s definitely more than Canadian or Bud Light and the likes.
I think we only had Canadian and Coors Light for beer at ours, but we also had wine and liquor.
Post # 9
@mumkin: Can you get creemore in bottles? FH loves it but always buys tallboys.
@sourcandy: I”m also a Michelob Ultra fan but always seem to be alone in that for some reason.
Post # 10
Kokanee is also a safe choice. Not sure if it’s available everywhere but Granville Island Brewing is a great local micro-brew. I’m not even much of a beer drinker but I recommend thier Cypress Honey Lager.
Post # 11
@sourcandy: I love Michelob Ultra too!
Alas, I agree with a previous poster. Mill Street Organic and Alexander Keith’s are a must, and I’d add a third like Stella or Hoegaarden for the import snobs.
Post # 12
Yes you can get Creemore in bottles, but I’ve only ever seen it in 6 packs.
Personally I love Moosehead, Stella, Creemore, Sleeman Honey Brown, and Mill Street Organic.
Post # 13
I’m a beer snob and love the Microbrews! I have seen some at the LCBO, others are harder to find.
- Mill Street Organic and/or Stock
- Beau’s Lug Tread Ale
- St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
- Great Lakes Brewery – a few good ones here
- Churchkey – Northumberland Ale
- Granville Island (bunch of good ones, the wheat is nice)
- Lake of Bays Pale Ale
Post # 14
@MsGinkgo: Yes you can! 🙂
Post # 15
@MsGinkgo: Lately (like in the last couple of years) at weddings I’ve performed at, I’ve noticed that small microbreweries are really popular (I often get invited to the receptions :). There are the standard selections like Canadian, Molson Ex, Keiths, Sleeman – but more caterers seem to be open to the microbrews.
Some that I love that can be ordered by caterers:
- Mill Street (I like the stock ale)
- Creemore Springs (yes you can get this in bottles)
- Flying Monkeys (from Barrie and they are my latest favourite)
All of those ones are from Ontario, so nice and local for you if you like to buy local. They all have different varieties and there’s a good list of them here.
ETA: I should add that all of those are available at the Beer Store.
Post # 16
Keiths, Sleeman Honey Brown (very popular), and a light beer like bud light…. thats basically what we had.
I was told having something like a pale ale, something more flavorful (even an import like…european not american), and a light is always good.