What the heck is an Eephus? In baseball lore, the Eephus is a risky and unexpected high-arcing pitch that catches the batter off-guard.

In this case, we’re talking about a delicious oatmeal brown ale from Left Field Brewery owned by husband and wife baseball fans just north of Little India in Toronto’s east end.

Oatmeal brown ales are a classic recipe and something you can drink year round as the beer. While full-bodied, is not as full bodied as porters and stouts.

Generally, brown ales track in the 4.5% to 5.5% ABV range, and the Eephus is at the upper end of that.

Of course, being a brown ale you get lots of malt including 2-row, Aromatic, Flaked Oats, Briess Extra Special, Crystal 60 and chocolate.  One thing I noticed and love is the ever-so-slight hint of bitterness, though not as bitter as some other brown ales out there.

I plan to review Black Oak Brewery’s Nut Brown ale soon and compare as well.As I mentioned earlier, Euphus is one of those dark beers you can drink year around which is nice – Stouts and Porters are too heavy during the summer months.

This will go great with grilled meat and veggies from the barbecue, as well as stews, roast beef, and other comfort food, or even just on its own with friends.

Left Field has hit a home run with the Eephus and it is one of the MVPs of the brewery. Now if only my local LCBO stocked it….


  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: 35
  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Chocolate, malt, bitter
  • Rating: 4.2/5.0
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Bill Smith
Bill Smith is a storyteller, writer, blogger, photography geek, ski bum, explorer and outdoors enthusiast. He has been seen in Toronto, Oakville and off the beaten path. Favourite beers include well-brewed IPAs, brown ales, porters and pale ales.
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