Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, traditional summer activities can resume. Close to the top of many people’s weekend list is kicking back with nachos, salsa and a beer. Sure, you can buy salsa in a jar, but nothing comes close to homemade. Recipe developer Amy Rosen presents three delectable and highly original new salsa recipes—one with a Mexican feel, one with a more Vietnamese vibe and one that makes magic with cantaloupe and watercress. And we’ve chosen three Ontario lagers to enjoy alongside; they’re new to the LCBO but look set to become favourite summer brews.
Cantaloupe-Watercress Salsa with Vanilla Vinaigrette
A crisp, cold lager is the ideal accompaniment to these sensational salsas.
Gananoque Brewing Co. Naughty Otter Pilsner
The Kingston craft brewery was started by four graduates of Queen’s University and has become a local mainstay. This dry, super-refreshing lager in the pilsner style is their latest creation, the antidote to thirst.
Here’s a lovely lager in the Bavarian Helles style, offering biscuity malts and a trace of hops on the nose. Smooth-textured and well balanced, it finishes with no more than a suggestion of pleasant bitterness.
Northern Superior Brewing Co. Inc. Northern Superior Lager
Reviving the brewing tradition in Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Superior makes the sort of lager most Canadians grew up with—clean, crisp and uncomplicated, with just enough hopping to keep things interesting.
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