Our first brewery in Toronto was (and still is!) in Building # 63 in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. The other name of our building is “Tankhouse #3” and it was built in 1879 as a storage building for bulk spirits waiting to be filled into barrels. It was in this building in 2003 that our Tankhouse Ale was born. It was like no other beer that had been seen in Toronto and it has spawned a resurgence of craft beer drinkers looking for flavour-forward traditional craft beer. We call it a “Canadian Pale Ale” since it has taken a classic American pale ale style and given it a balanced and nuanced tone that makes it truly Canadian. This is the one that started it all here in Toronto!
This is a very balanced beer in every sense: between bitterness and sweetness, as well as the hop/malt intensity. It’s a wonderfully drinkable full-bodied beer, with huge malt and hop flavours that perfectly complement each other. We use five varieties of malt in the recipe to give the beer depth, and an abundance of cascade finishing hops to impart the refreshing citrus aroma that leaves you wanting more.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus and spice with roasted notes. Complex malty texture with a snappy bitterness from the cascade hops.
Appearance: Medium amber with pale faun head
Aroma: Caramel malt and citrus hops
Serving Suggestions: Grilled Beef or Lamb, Fish & Chips and Curried Dishes
Hops Variety: US Nugget, US Cascade
Malt Variety: Pale, Biscuit, Caramel, Munich, Chocolate
Yeast: American Ale
Glassware: Pint Shaker
Style: Canadian Pale Ale
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C