Nothing says “Happy Chanukah” quite like a spread of snacks at your sister-in-law’s place and a doped up dog… Unless your sister-in-law also thrusts a mystery beer in your hand and asks you to make room in her fridge by making it disappear. In the true spirit of benevolence, I made her wish come true, which is how we ended up with a beer from Yukon Brewing out of Whitehorse for the fifth night of the #8BeersOfChanukah this year.

Yukon Gold English Pale Ale is a middle of the road 5% ABV ESB-style beer that is not available in the LCBO or Beer Store, but somehow found its way into Kole’s sister’s fridge during the summer – and she does not drink. I’ve sampled other options from Yukon Brewing at beer festivals and in Quebec, but it’s been a while. We haven’t made it up to the territories (yet) to visit some friends of ours and their new baby in Dawson. We’re sure that when that time comes we will consume ample amounts of this beer as it is apparently the Yukon’s number one selling draught beer, outperforming the macro breweries. So thank you, mysterious beer fairy, as you’ve embraced the true spirit of Chanukah without realizing it. This one’s for you! L’Chaim!

Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white lingering head.

Aroma: Rich malty aroma with a subtle bitterness.

Taste: Biscuits and pizza dough – a rather textbook style ESB with a subtle bitterness from Saaz, Sterling and UK Golding hops.

Aftertaste: Mild and quickly disappearing aftertaste.

Food pairing: Serve it with a strange fellow from Dawson named Seamus. We noshed on 7 layer dip and turkey kielbasa while sipping on this one.

Overall: If you can’t afford a plane ticket to Whitehorse, this is a nice alternative. Nothing bold about this but it will keep you going through the lengthy Yukon winter months.

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.


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