Beer and March Madness
March is full of beery occasions with possibly the biggest beer drinking day of the entire calendar being St. Patrick’s Day. My Irish heritage is screaming at me to write about the best beers
to drink on Paddy’s day but instead I’m going to give you my guidance on what you should be calling for at your local bar for March Madness. After all, it’s been a whole month since Super Bowl and the run for the Stanley Cup is still more than a month away so this will be some good training for you.
Some parameters that I’m working with on this beer list:
1. They need to pair well with pretty much any pub grub.
2. They should please pretty much anyone at the table since you will be sharing pitchers and buying your fair share of rounds.
3. Sessionable — you are probably having 2 pints or more
STEAM WHISTLE PILSNER
— Brewed right here in the Roundhouse their one (and only) pilsner is found in most bars around the city, is frighteningly crushable and goes with pretty much anything the kitchen can throw at you. Their “Team Clean” ensures that every pint in the city is poured from a freshly cleaned draught line so you can Proost with confidence!
BIG ROCK’S RHINESTONE COWBOY
— Newly launched in Ontario, this Kolsch-Style beer is technically an ale but drinks more like a lager. This style has been growing in popularity in the craft world over the last few years and for good reason. The beer has a little more body than most lagers but finishes nice and clean on the pallet and it comes in at 4.6% ABV which makes it more than sessionable.
MUSKOKA BREWERY’S CRAFT LAGER
— One of the most under-rated craft lagers in the market. I’ve had a soft spot for this beer since first sip. Everyone has had Muskoka’s Mad Tom or Detour or their classic Cream Ale but this lager is well worth a visit if you’ve never had it. It comes in at 4.8% ABV so it’s also on the lighter which gives it bonus points on sessionability.
HOWE SOUND LAGER
– Only available in cans at the LCBO this is one beer that you’ll have to have in the comfort of your own home and/or man-cave. Shipped fresh in from Squamish, British Columbia this Dortmunder Export style beer has a little more body than your regular pils and also comes in at a slightly higher ABV at 5.5%.
SAPPORO PREMIUM BEER
— This legendary biru is a favourite amongst the local beer drinking hockey dads in my neighbourhood. It’s clean and crisp with a hint of citrus on the pallet. You can also find Sapporo in a ton of bars around the city or you can snag one of their unique, multi-sided 650mL cans which is the perfect serving size if you ask me.