Orval_Al wrote:I got a case of the Mondays (12 pack) and I feel like throwing some shade, as the kids would say.
What are the worst Ontario Craft breweries? Let's try and keep the pseudo craft places like Mill St. out of this.
I'll vote for Lake of Bays, a brewery that routinely knocks it out of the park when it comes to blandness and misrepresentation of style.
My second choice would be Hop City, which released that sickeningly sweet black forest cake porter this year, along with another grossly sweet wtf of a beer they called a tropical punch blonde ale. Pouring liquid down the drain never felt so good.
What are your choices?
Tapsucker wrote:As for those attempting (or pretending to) make beer. I think Henderson's is the biggest disappointment for me. For all the investment and community hoopla, the beer (or the one's I have had) are just meh.
JerCraigs wrote:Tapsucker wrote:As for those attempting (or pretending to) make beer. I think Henderson's is the biggest disappointment for me. For all the investment and community hoopla, the beer (or the one's I have had) are just meh.
Was there community hoopla for Henderson other than their own promotion? I don't think I have have many legitimately BAD beers from them. They would arguably be among the most disappointing for me - they do enough decent stuff to raise expectations - but definitely not the worst. There are a bunch of breweries in that mid-tier of better / more interesting than macro but not as good as the top tier still.
JaseWescott wrote:Brick, Niagara College, etc. have crappy releases but Trafalgar is a special kind of TIRE FIRE hehe
MatttthewGeorge wrote:10) Brock St - same as Barley Days
MatttthewGeorge wrote:A vote for Lake of Bays always makes me laugh. The hatred towards them is so off base and totally irrational. Sure their beers tend to be on the safe (bland) side, but I can’t remember ever having an infected or even poorly made beer from them, besides the long defunct River Walker. Not to my tastes, yes for sure, but they’re still made well, and I don’t think they misrepresent many styles, certainly no more than any other brewery.
Look at their current lineup of regs and seasonals:
- Switchback Pilsner: it’s an unfiltered pilsner. Bland and maybe more a Keller. I could give a point here.
- Broken Axe Pale: it’s an American Pale Ale. If you can find it fresh (good luck) it’s actually quite nice.
- Oxtounge IPA: American IPA. Definitely a bit malt forward and less hopped than some but still to style
- Sparkhouse Red: Not my style at all, but it’s a red ale
-Starboard New England IPA: Not as hazy/juicy as it should be, but in the wheelhouse and definitely does not misrepresent the style. First batch of Moxie from GLB was very much like this.
- Pumpkin ale: I hate pumpkin beers, but I remember this one being one of the best on the market
- Nightwatchet Oatmeal Stout: more of a porter than a stout, so a point for misrepresentation. However how many breweries mislabel porter and stout? Too many.
- Spin Dive Summer Gose: A lighter version of Ceres from Nickel Brook. Too tame, but on style
- Pina Grande Coconut Wheat Ale: I found this vile, but it was what was advertised
- West Wind Black IPA: tame but exactly on style
- A Doppel Do Ya Doppel Wiesen: never had it, no comment
In terms of beers I enjoy, lake of bays does not make the list. I agree they’re purposely tame in order to attract the Mill St et al. crowd, of which if you’re on Bartowel you’re not one of them. That said, worst brewery in Ontario? Far from it and quite laughable. Either you haven’t drank many beers from this province, haven’t had any of their beers, or you have an irrational hatred for them. They are not the worst, not even in the bottom 10.
distr0 wrote:I think lake of bays high prices have also contributed to their reputation here. If they were priced similar to the better alternatives, I think people would be more forgiving
To continue the conversation, everything made in Brantford is bad
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