Last July, I celebrated turning 30-something in the best possible way. We hosted a beer and cheese event, and we got a few non-beer drinkers to expand their palates and find something they could enjoy.

We’re responsible hosts, so water was offered between each sampling. Samples were 3-4 oz. each. Here’s an Ontario dominated beer list, but we’ve got some visits from some Québecois, BC, and American beers here too. This was by far my most expensive LCBO run of my life.


Everything is available at finer LCBOs (Summerhill), with the exception of the Indie Alehouse growler. The approximate order:


Unibroue (Québec): Blanche de Chambly. White Belgian style Ale on Lees.
Mill St. Brewery (Ontario): 100th Meridian. Organic Amber Lager.
Granville Island Brewery (BC): Ginja Ninja. Beer with Ginger. Seasonal Release.
Collective Arts (Ontario): Saint of Circumstance. Citrus-Infused Blonde Ale.
Sawdust City Brewing Co. (Ontario): The Princess Wears Girl Pants. Hoppy Belgian Inspired Golden Ale. Seasonal.
Rogue (Oregon): Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA. India Pale Ale. Seasonal.
Lake of Bays (Ontario): Old North. Mocha Porter. In partnership with Diesel House Coffee Roasters.
Indie Ale House (Ontario): Campfire. Marshmallow stout. Only available at the Indie Alehouse in Growlers or on tap, seasonal.
Lake of Bays (Ontario): Rock Cut. Baysville Lager, mini-keg. Cause other mini-kegs scared me.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around. A dedicated Booze Hound, Shawna completed the Wine Specialist Certificate at George Brown College in 2018.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.