The ’90s were a much simpler time for brewing beer in Ontario. When Ken Woods started Black Oak Brewing back in 1999, he launched two British style classic ales: the Pale and Nut Brown ales. Beers weren’t very hoppy back then. This beer easily withstands the test of time, though. Even in a hops-obsessed craft beer market.
Black Oak Pale Ale is nutty (thanks to toasted wheat), light and balanced while full of flavour. It’s really good with food. And, hey! It still has its original branding! (So you can feel like you’re back in the 90s.) Cheers, Ken.
This comes in six packs at The Beer Store, and they’ve recently started selling them in 650 mL bottles for $4.95 at the LCBO. So affordable, so good. I suggest you revisit this old classic while rocking out to the Goo Goo Dolls.