McAuslan Brewing's St. Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe (Montreal, Quebec)
This big, bold stout packs in the flavo(u)r while remaining surprisingly sessionable. Its thick, velvety taste features notes of toffee and molasses, bourbon, black coffee, and charred wood. A drink perfect for lumberjacks. Or enforcers.
Alexander Keith Brewery’s India Pale Ale (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Keith’s was at the forefront of the IPA movement in Canada, where it’s regarded as a classic. It's Nova Scotia’s most popular beer, and also the top specialty beer in the country. While it's not the hoppiest IPA you'll ever drink, it does maintain a light, sweet taste that goes down smoothly, making it easier to mourn your fallen hockey team.
Sam Riches drinks beer in the Yukon and rides his bike in the woods. He never leaves the house without bear spray. Follow him at @sam_riches.