Happy Wine Wednesday!
Well it’s that time of week again, and a day…
When it comes to oysters, nothing pairs better with them than craft beer, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a nice beer n’ oysters night out, you just have to know where to go. That’s where I come in. There are tons of bars and restaurants around the city that do buck-a-shuck oyster nights, but not all of them feature extensive craft beer lists! First, you must know which styles of beer go best with our delicious shelled friends, then where to go to find this smashing flavour combination!
What Beer Pairs Best With Oysters:
Gose is a style of beer I’ve mentioned recently and is the perfect addition to your oyster night. Its acidity goes well with the oyster’s saltiness, but it doesn’t take over or overpower the flavour.
Stouts are most classically paired with oysters, but if you want to get specific try a dry Irish Stout. The dry creaminess of the beer once again highlights the salty sea flavour of the oysters and what you get is a mouthful of delicious!
Session IPAs are not normally associated with oyster pairings but if you find the right one it can be quite a complimentary experience. The sessionable version of an India Pale Ale allows the oysters to take centre stage while the citrusy notes commonly associated with this style go perfectly, just like the fresh lemon often served with them.
Best Beer Bar Buck a Shucks in Toronto:
Without a doubt these are my top two choices in the city. On any regular day the original Bar Hop and its newer counterpart up the street have one of the best beer lists in the city, add high quality oysters at only a buck each and you’ve hit the jackpot! Bar Hop at 391 King St. West does their buck-a-shuck on Tuesday nights starting at 5pm, while Bar Hop Brewco. at 137 Peter St. also start at 5pm but take place on Sunday evenings. Since the other Bar Hop does $5 craft beer pints on Sundays you may want to make it a literal Bar Hop night and hit up both!
This Kensington market Craft Beer Hall hot spot gives you two chances a week to enjoy $1 oysters. Every Tuesday and Thursday Trinity hosts their buck-a-shuck night where you can enjoy a beer from their extensive brew menu. It’s quite a large restaurant which means lots of seating.
A newish beer restaurant downtown that focuses on “good food, cold beer and friendly people in the heart of the city,” Batch has a wide array of beers to choose from and offers their buck-a-shuck deal on Wednesday nights.
You don’t have to be a high-roller to enjoy an oyster feast, you just have to know where to look. Visit these beer bars and take advantage of their buck-a-shuck deals and you may just find yourself a new favourite watering hole.
By Susannah Kiernan, @susannahkiernan