Back after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, the Toronto Festival of Beer welcomed over 40,000
visitors this year, featuring over 80 exhibitors showcasing 400 different brands of beer. This was
the first time Sri Lankan beers were featured at the festival, and Sinha beer was a major hit at
Canada’s largest celebration of beer. The three-day festival, which begun in 1996, is the
signature beer festival in the country where celebrity chefs showcase their finest dishes and the
best musicians in the country perform their most famous tunes.
Canadians have long indulged the jewel in the Lion’s crown – Sinha Stout, which was endorsed
by the late legendary beer hunter, Mr. Michael Jackson, as the best Stout in the world.
Sinha Stout was brewed in the late 1800’s in the mountains of Sri Lankan, 6000 feet above sea
level, and is known as the best kept secret amongst Stout connoisseurs. Brewed with water,
malted barley, rice, hops, and caramel, this award winning traditional 8.8% Stout, takes your
taste buds on a journey of sweet notes of chocolate, toffee, mocha, caramel, roasted barley
and finishes with a liqueur like character. Sinha Stout pairs extremely well with dishes that
offset the sweetness and caramel flavour in stout. Roasted foods, smoked foods,
barbecued/grilled foods, salty cheeses, oysters, rich stews are popular favorites with Sinha
Stout. Sinha Stout is available at the LCBO.
Sinha Lager, a multiple Gold award winner at the prestigious Monde Selection made its entry
into Canada earlier this year and was a popular favourite at the festival as well. Sinha Lager,
brewed with water, malted barley, rice, hops, and caramel is a golden lager with a crisp
refreshing finish and offer hints of fruit, caramel, and subtle hop notes said Stefan Atton, Vice
President of International Business for Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC. He further went on to say
that the beer was first brewed in the mountains of Sri Lanka 6000 feet above sea level and is a
perfect thirst quencher on a hot sunny day and pairs well with Asian, African, Middle Eastern,
and Western cuisine.
Sinha Lager now available in Canada
Sri Lanka’s celebrated beers, Lion Lager, and Lion Stout, come to Canada under the brand name
Sinha, and offer locals and Sri Lankan expatriates in Canada a legendary taste of home. These
world-acclaimed beers are a popular favourite at both the LCBO & the Beer Store.
Six pack of Sinha Lager is available at 90 Beer Stores across Brompton, Bolton, Georgetown,
Mississauga, Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, Etobicoke, York, Ottawa,
and North York, retailing at just $17.45 for a six pack of 330ml bottles. Sinha Stout comes in
330ml bottles and retails for $3.10 at LCBO outlets. To find out the nearest store to you, go to
the LCBO & Beer Store website.
With a rich heritage of close to 140 years, the Sinha range prides itself amongst Asia’s greatest
beers, winning global acclaim across every continent. Sinha Lager hails from the beautiful exotic
island of Sri Lanka and boasts a history stretching back to 1881 when British explorer, Sir
Samuel Baker, set up the Lion Brewery Ceylon during a hunting expedition in the cool climes of
Nuwara Eliya. Beers from Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC are enjoyed in over 26 countries globally
and the brewery exports over 3000 containers of beer across the world annually.