I ventured to Durham Region (Ontario) to spend the holiday season with family. For Christmas, my brother-in-law gifted me a wonderful basket with samplings of Craft Beers local to the area.

One of the most pleasant surprises was the offerings from Town Brewery in Whitby, Ontario (east of Toronto). I admittedly had never heard of the recent upstart, but I can say that I sure glad that I have now.

Among the fantastic beers that I tried was Loto Max, a double IPA brewed in collaboration with 5 Paddles Brewing Co., also in Whitby.

This IIPA packs a nice 8.1% ABV wallop, but is silky smooth (a common feature of the Town beers that I have tried).

I had this one from a can, but the carbonation was well-balanced and the pour was nice, with a decent amount of head.

LOTO Max Double IPA

The golden colour was gorgeous, and the flavour matched. With subtle tropical fruit notes (mango and apricot), the bitterness of the hoppy brew was countered quite nicely.

The resulting beer was incredibly drinkable (dangerously so), and one that I will be seeking out more of before I leave Durham Region to return home in the New Year.

Town Brewery may be brand new, but is definitely one to watch!

  • ABV: 8.1%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Hoppy and sweet
  • Rating: 4.75/5
  • Untappd reviews

As a new feature of my reviews, each review will be followed by a one to two line review from my wife, Stephanie. As a non-beer drinker, her reviews will be from the perspective of a “layman” beer drinker.

Stephanie’s review:

“Not the worst IPA I’ve ever had. I taste no fruit.”


Loto Max Double IPA is a collaboration between newcomers Town Brewery in Whitby, Ontario, and 5 Paddles Brewing Co. It's a deceptively strong but easy drink.
Ryan Heighton

Ryan Heighton

The Bar of Ontario isn’t the only bar to which he’s been called. Misses drinking at the SkyDome. Enjoying Waterloo Region one (sometimes two) craft beer at a time. Favourite beers: anything hoppy enough to jump off the table.
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