Stack Brewing was one of the first craft breweries to launch in the north, opening their doors in June 2013. They’ve helped shape the craft culture in Sudbury, paving the way for other businesses like Crosscut Distillery across the street and the Taphouse Northern Grill + Pub downtown. Two new breweries, 46 North and Spacecraft Brewery, have started up in Sudbury in the past year, helping to create a craft beer trail in the city. Stack brewmaster Shawn Mailloux recognized an opportunity to not only explore new flavours through craft beer, but to engage the community through festivals and social events. While the Saturday Night Cream Ale, Panache Session I.P.A, and the Nickel City Light Lager are the most popular choices in their tasting room, you’ll want to add one of their award-winning brews — the deep amber Les Potres de L’Enfre or the Stack Farmhouse Dark — to your flight. Stack has also been experimenting with sour beers that are a refreshing, effervescent option on a hot summer day.
Northern Ontario beer festivals
If driving the equivalent of the distance between London, England and Vienna, Austria isn’t part of your summer plans, there are a number of festivals popping up in the region where the tents and taps are much closer together. In Sudbury, Stack Brewing hosts the Northern Ontario Microbrew Festival each March, while in August, the Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival brings a variety of craft and imported beers available in Ontario to the city’s downtown core. The BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival also returns this year to Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay, showcasing craft beer and food from around the province in August.
Try Northern Ontario beers at home
Not able to make a beer run north of Lake Superior? Luckily for those living all across Ontario, the Northern Ontario Sixer multi-pack allows you to try some of the best-selling beers at your local LCBO. Now in its third year, this year the Sixer will include the Lion Grass Specialty Golden Ale (ABV 5.4%) from Highlander Brewing Co, Lakeside Kolsch (ABV 5%) from Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, Swing Bridge Blonde Ale (ABV 5%) from the Manitoulin Brewing Co., Tree Topper Red Ale (ABV 5.2%) from New Ontario Brewing Company, Mr. Canoehead (ABV 4.9%) from Sleeping Giant Brewing Company and the Expansion Sour IPA (ABV 6.5%) from Stack Brewing.
Caleigh Alleyne is a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist.