Nita Brewing in Ottawa has innovated with its mixed packs, meaning here beers both from Nita and other Ottawa breweries, or within hailing distance let’s say.
Last year Bridget Carey explained the rationale on their website. The current pack, pictured, is available by different delivery methods (see website). Some Ontario Beer Stores carry it as well.
That’s where I found it, the Leaside outlet in Toronto.
This pack hits all the bases for me. None of the beers are flavoured with coffee, chocolate, spices, etc. Most are classic English styles. The can description shown is for the Pitch Stout.
As Nita has two selections, five south-eastern Ontario breweries are represented, which is pretty cool. I’ve noticed, as I used to get to Ottawa a few times a year, that Ottawa breweries seem more interested than Toronto’s to render classic UK styles. Most I’ve tasted are very nice.
Of course the breweries make everything, but the UK niche seems larger than I see around Toronto. This is great for devotees of the British way with beer – the pre-craft way, I mean although craft – done right – only improves it.
As I can go on nineteen to a dozen about the English beer palate, I’ll leave you to enjoy the Holiday season.*
*There’s a new expression for me, courtesy matchless UK food writer Elizabeth David. No better context to use it than the present.