I moved to Canada from Australia back in 2010 because we’d been signed to a distribution deal with a label based in Miami, FL. I’ve been an MC more than half my life, releasing music since 2002. So, I’ve been trained to keep my cool, to never fan out and look like an overly excitable chump in front of my idols. However, that hasn’t always translated over to the beer world for me.
My favourite brewery on the planet is Bellwoods, a Toronto-based operation with two locations, making (in my humble opinion) the best beers in our fine country. Scott and I were lucky enough to sit down with Luke Pestl, Co-Founder of Bellwoods, back in April for a long form podcast, and listening back, I didn’t even try to hide my fanboy energy. And I don’t regret a thing.
We connected with Luke at their larger operation on Hafis Rd. in Toronto Northwest. He was super gracious and extremely chill, which made the interview that much more entertaining and casual. Luke and his squad make some of the best hazy, juicy IPAs, some of the greatest fruited, dry-hopped sours and some of the most phenomenal beers — period — in Ontario. Make that — arguably — Canada (and beyond).
The Great White North hasn’t always been known as a country on the bleeding edge of trends in craft beer, so for Bellwoods to step up and make (almost) their entire range hazy and juicy in an environment where that is far from the norm is a bold, powerful move. But it’s working. They regularly have lines streaming down the street for their special releases, especially when they drop their popular Milkshark line of lactose-fuelled, fruited milkshake IPAs — one of which we drank during the interview.
We had a super conversation with Luke, and whether you’re in Canada or elsewhere, it will most definitely be an eye opener about the craft beer scene up here. We hope it may inspire a pilgrimage to the brewery. Get it in ya.
Since we haven’t posted for a while (our bad), here’s a bunch of videos you may have missed. From Artisan Dessert Milkshake IPAs to Podcasts to Goses, we have something for everyone: