The Elora Brewing Company, situated roughly an hour and a half Northwest of Toronto in the village of Elora, has only been around a few short years but is quickly grabbing the attention of Ontario craft beer fans.

They use a four-vessel brew system so they can brew distinctly different beers from a one-grain bill.

Today we’re talking about the Lady Friend IPA, one of Elora Brewing’s core beers.

There is more than one style of India Pale Ale, and this is not one of those over hopped West Coast varieties that scream HOPS and little else.

The Lady Friend leans towards a classic English style IPA where the hops are present and you know it, but are nicely tempered with malt.

Appearance-wise, the Lady Friend is mid amber in colour and as the website describes you get a fruit and citrus scent profile.

You can drink this anytime of the year but goes down really well in the summer months. Your best bet is to make the drive up to Elora for the day and have lunch at the brewery.

I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich, which pairs perfectly with the Lady Friend. As for availability in the LCBO, it can be hit and miss.

All the more reason to take the drive to Elora, and make a day trip out of the beer run.


  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: English India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Malt, Hops
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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