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Take A Sour Beer Tour of the GTA

Sours are a style of beer known primarily for their tartness (but you probably could have guessed that), and Ontario craft breweries across the province have been honing their craft and adding their own flair to the popular style over the years. Originating in Belgium a long time ago (18th century!) before the advent of pasteurization and sterilization. They’re made with wild bacterias and yeasts, giving them funky sour notes sure to make your tongue tingle.

Download your Great Taste of Ontario passport and pucker up for this brewery tour featuring sour beers of the GTA!

1. All or Nothing Brewhouse

439 Ritson Rd S, Oshawa, ON


Stop by All or Nothing Brewhouse for their huge garden patio area, spacious indoor beer hall, and of course, some delicious brews. We recommend their Peach Gose or a fruited sour from their Fruit Stand series (or try them all with a flight!)

2. 5 Paddles Brewing

1390 Hopkins Street, Whitby, ON


Browse their wide selection of beers and grab a seat on the patio. You’ll find fruit smooth sours like their Sweet Cherry, Lime, Etc. & Blackberry, Guava, Etc. and a dry-hopped sour, Skull Pucker, that’s sure to satisfy your tart-tooth.

3. Brock Street Brewery

244 Brock St S, Whitby, ON


Swing by Brock Street in historic downtown Whitby & visit the bottle shop. You’ll want to reach for something from their rotating sour series – we love the Strawberry Cherry sour, but there’s also Pink Lemonade, Guava Fruit, Pomegranate & more.

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4. Cameron’s Brewing

1165 Invicta Drive, Oakville, ON


Take a seat on their patio and quench your thirst with a glass of Samurai Kettle Sour or pick up a growler to go for that fresh draft beer flavour at home.

5. Nickel Brook Brewing

864 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON


Their taproom is still closed, but that shouldn’t stop you from dropping by; after all – sunshine, patios, and cold beers make a great combo. Patio weather calls for their delicious blackberry or raspberry Jam Stand Berliner Weisse – they’re light, refreshing, and pack a tart punch. However, if you’re looking for something a little hoppier, try the Duplicitous dry-hopped gose!

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