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Apricot Gose w. Lactose

4.8% abv

This vibrant and thirst quenching Gose displays the best of the traditional style while the addition of apricots create unique complexity and lactose adds a touch of sweetness and increased body. Aromas of apricot pie lead to similar flavours with a citrus-like tartness rinsing your palette clean, getting you ready for the next sip.

And Then…

East Coast Pale Ale

4.5% abv

And Then… our latest Pale Ale boasts notes of tropical candied fruit, and of fresh green grass. A bold start end sup finishing refreshing and dry. The balanced fruit notes perfectly compliment the sessionability here.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Nowhere

Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

10.5% abv

This beer’s journey started on May 18, 2017 –  just a week after we opened, and will be released exactly 9 months later on February 18. BBA Nowhere is a full bodied, viscous and sweet stout that showcases Madagascar vanilla and bourbon on the nose, while flavours of sweet dark fruits (think raisins, figs, sugar plums) move into vanilla bean and rich caramel. The finish leaves a lasting impression of sweet milk chocolate and bourbon without the alcohol-derived-burn.

Young Rival


6% abv

Young Rival is our flagship IPA. Using a blend El Dorado, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, we focused on creating a juicy and tropical IPA with very limited bitterness, and a simple malt bill that lets the hops shine.


Dry Hopped Saison with Orange Peel & Indian Coriander

5.3% abv

Chanan is a hybrid of three styles as it is hopped like an IPA, uses orange peel and coriander like a German wit, and is fermented with our house saison yeast. Chanan is full of bright citrus aromas and flavours and drinks dry, making for an approachable, but complex, refreshing sip every time.


French Table Beer

3% abv

It’s time to reclaim the lunchtime pint. Meals should be worth celebrating, and what better way to do so than having a pint in hand while you take a mid-day break to enjoy a bite? At 3%, SVP is approachable, but different than most attempts are creating a “light” beer as it’s brewed with wheats, oats, and barley, and fermented with our house saison yeast.

For guest tap, cider, and wine options, please see menu board in our taproom.

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