Your Long-Weekend Beer Guide

Beer and Chips: What better way to celebrate Canada Day? Whether you love the tart tang of dill pickle chips or are more of a plain-crisps type, there's a beer to make the most of this classic snack. Here, beer-and-food pairing at its most unpretentious, uncomplicated and delicious. How Canadian!

Your Long-Weekend Beer Guide

Ketchup Chips + Sleeping Giant Mr. Canoehead

Only sold north of the U.S. border, ketchup chips are tangy and slightly sweet, so try them with a malt-forward brew like Sleeping Giant Mr. Canoehead. The toasted notes contrast nicely with the chips’ acidity.

Dill Pickle Chips + Wellington Brewery Helles Lager

These mouth-puckering sour chips pair well with a bready and bubbly lager, like Helles Lager, made by one of Canada’s OG craft breweries.

All Dressed Chips + Parallel 49 Trash Panda Hazy IPA

Match this newly released IPA from East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing with All Dressed chips. The hazy IPA’s bright tropical fruit flavours stand up to the punchy, piquant notes of the seasoning.

Plain Chips + Pump House Crafty Radler

Despite their name, plain chips are anything but when you eat them alongside a citrusy, low-ABV (alcohol by volume) Radler, such as Pump House Crafty Radler. Like the salted rim on a margarita, the savoury bite of the chip balances out the sweetness and acidity of the New Brunswick-made Radler.


BBQ & Beer Tips

A hot grill plus a cold beer equals summer entertaining made easy: simply fire up the ’cue, toss a salad and crack a beer. Follow our guidelines for effortless, flavourful pairings and wow guests all summer long — without breaking a sweat.

Smoked Chicken Wings & Saisons

Smoked Chicken Wings & Saisons

The crackling carbonation of the Saison cuts through the smoky centre of this dish, and the white peppercorn flavours in the ale complement the savoury bird. Try Bench Brewing Twenty Mile Farmhouse Ale.

Grilled Steaks & IPAs

Grilled Steaks & IPAs

The juicy tropical fruit notes of a double IPA amplify the steak’s umami richness, while the hop bitterness slices through the rich fat. Try Collective Arts Surround Sound.

Veggie Burgers & Witbiers

Veggie Burgers & Witbiers

A Witbier’s orange and coriander flavours accentuate the earthy notes in a veggie patty, while the creamy, fizzy body cleanses the palate after each savoury bite. Try Bench Brewing Stone Road White Ale.


3 Great Non-Alcoholic Beers

Don’t assume 0% means flavourless! With offerings such as cracker-tasting or mango-and-pine-like pale ale, brewers are using different techniques to deliver big taste without the alcohol.

Partake Brewing Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale

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Bavaria 0.0% Original Beer

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Clausthaler Premium Non-Alcoholic

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Gluten-Free Beer & Vegan Food Pairings

Gluten-Free Beer & Vegan Food Pairings

Feel good inside and out with plant-based, gluten-free foods matched with gluten-free vegan brews. (Why should carnivores have all the fun?) Crafted in Montreal since 2010, Glutenberg’s assortment of award-winning vegan and gluten-free brews is imbibed worldwide. Glutenberg Blonde is a great match with crumbled tofu tacos made with corn tortillas, as the beer’s grainy notes harmonize with the dish. Want a little more flavour? Try a Glutenberg IPA with a spicy, umami-packed charred portobello mushrooms. The savoury main contrasts with the grapefruit-peel bitterness of the brew.