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Follow along as we travel the country tasting Canadian beers and attending brewery tours.

To date, we, and Bucky the Beer Beaver, have sampled many beers and ranked them from best to worst. Our top-rated beers are shown to the right. Give a few of them a try and join us on Facebook for our beer discussions.

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We have organized our site by brewery. We even have pages for international beers we've sampled along our travels. Each brewery page contains the beers we've sampled so far and a tour review if we've been there.


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From the Brew Box, Bucky received a 650 ml bottle of Grandstand Hoppy Wheat produced by the Left Field Brewery of Toronto, Ontario. Packaged on November 18, 2015 and 5.5% ABV with 40 IBUs.

Grandstand poured a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. The beer was topped by a generous 2” off-white head that eventually faded to a collar and cap of foam leaving considerable lacing down the glass. Its aroma was dominated by grapefruit, with notes of caramel, pineapple, lemon and pine. Pretty good so far. The taste was a mix of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango and caramel, with a bitter piney finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate for quite some time, but there is a decent balance between the sweet and bitter to this beer so that the bitterness is not overwhelming. Grandstand is light bodied with a fairly light carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Bucky's first experience with Left Field Brewing, and we'll  call it a good one. A bottle of their Maris Pale Ale sits in Bucky's fridge, so looking forward to giving that one a try.

Rating: 7.80 / 10


From the US of A through Bucky's roaming minions, came a 12 fl. oz. bottle of Ipswich Oatmeal Stout (“IOS”), produced by the Ipswich Ale Brewery of Ipswich, MA. ‘Bottled On' date of October 7, 2015 printed on the neck of the bottle, no visible ABV% which is a first! The internet to the rescue though…I see that it's 7.0% ABV on the brewery's website.

IOS poured a very dark brown colour verging on black, with dark cola edges when backlit. Pouring produced about ½” of tan coloured head which left some intermittent lacing and spotting down the glass. Its aroma was mainly dark-roast coffee, with herbal hops and a hint of black licorice. The taste was dark-roast coffee up front, dark chocolate, and a mild black licorice with a lingering herbal hop bitterness in the finish. IOS had a soft carbonation, was on the medium side of medium/full bodied and had a smooth mouthfeel. A solid and enjoyable brew, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how this beer rates in the 90s on most sites. It's good, but it's not brilliant.

Rating: 8.00 / 10

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Bucky's Top 10 Canadian Beers


Brewery Beer Name Rating
Microbrasserie Charlevoix La Vache Folle 9.60
Unibroue Don de Dieu 9.35
Unibroue Terrible 9.25
Bellwoods 3 Minutes to Midnight 9.00
Bellwoods Skeleton Key Spiced Imperial Stout 9.00
Unibroue Blanche De Chambly 8.95
Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique Grande Cuvee 8.70
Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard 8.65
Unibroue Grand Reserve 17 8.60
Unibroue La Fin du Monde 8.50
Unibroue Trois Pistoles 8.50

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Bucky's Top 10 International Beers


Beer Name Brewery Country Rating
Hefe Weissbier Weihenstephan Brewery Germany 9.60
Kasteel Donker Brewery Van Honsebrouck Belgium 9.10
Barrel Aged Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout Hoppin' Frog USA 9.05
Christmas Ale Sint Bernardus Brouwerij Belgium 9.00
Chimay Blue Chimay Belgium 8.95
Sofie Goose Island Beer Company USA 8.95
Rochefort 10 Trappistes Belgium 8.92
Imperial Pumking Southern Tier Brewing Company USA 8.90
Weisse Hacker-Pschorr Germany 8.85
Ayinger Brauweisse Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer Germany 8.85

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