LCBO Food & Drink Spring 2022


Hail to the ale

Broth soups can be a chal- lenge for pairing as they tend to be delicate, so choosing a lighter-style beer is a step in the right direction. The addi- tion of nutty bulgur wheat and shredded chicken adds heft to this soup, bringing it closer to the weight of the beer. A last-minute hit of fresh lemon brightens things up and links perfectly to the ubiquitous citrus notes found in IPAs.

By Tonia Wilson-Vuksanovic | photography by darren kemper

Not all IPAs are created equal. Each type has its own nuances and flavours, showcased here with a variety of hearty soups, sure to chase away a chill on a spring day.

Bench Brewing Ball’s Falls Session IPA LCBO 481515, 473 mL, $3.30 Juicy and sessionable, offer­ ing up lots of stone fruit and red ruby grapefruit while remaining at 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV).


Recipe on page 110

Side Launch Brewery Any Day Light IPA LCBO 17406, 473 mL, $3.45 The name says it all. With a low ABV of 4%, this IPA still delivers all the juicy, citrusy personality one expects.

Easy drinking and light

The beloved IPA beer style is known for its elevated alcohol and hopping, but some brewers also create lighter versions that are more approachable and more sessionable. Lighter-style IPAs still offer lots of bold flavour from hops and malt, but the alcohol levels are kept in check, normally hovering around 5% or lower.



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