County Brown Ale


This traditional English-style brown ale is rich mahogany in colour with roasted malt, nut, and toffee notes. First brewed in 1985, County Brown Ale is a testament to the fact that the classics never go out of style. Cheers!


ABV: 5%   |   IBU: 24   |   OG: 12ºP   |   FG: 2.7ºP   |   GLASSWARE: PINT  |   COLOR: SRM 30  |   SIZE FORMATS:  473ml can.  Draft keg.  Draft cask. 

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Available size formats

473ml can
Draft keg
Draft cask

Recent Awards

Gold (Brown Ale)

Gold (Dark Ale)

Silver (Brown Ale)

A well-made traditional-style English Brown Ale is a rarity in Ontario these days. We make this classic brown ale without any adjuncts or flavours, just a smooth, medium-bodied, comforting English-style ale.

Brown Ales are an often misunderstood style, sometimes falling into the catch-all category of a “dark beer” that isn’t quite a stout or porter. The beauty of a brown ale is that it brings the roasted malt character to the forefront creating a full-flavoured but sessionable drinking experience that doesn’t have the richness or high alcohol content of many stouts and porters.

Our County Brown Ale lands on the slightly drier side of the style which allows the biscuit and nutty toffee notes to come through without any cloying sweetness. It’s a beer with layers and layers of malt complexity that are in perfect harmony with just the right amount of hops; not enough to dominate, but just enough to strike a delicate balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Back in 1985 when we first brewed this beer, it was intended to be served exclusively on cask to recreate the experience of enjoying a pint of brown ale in a British pub. And while we’ve started packaging this beer in cans and on draught over the years, it’s still available straight from the cask at select bars and restaurants across Ontario as it was originally intended. And trust us, if you do see this on cask somewhere, don’t miss out on the chance to try this, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.


This traditional English Brown Ale is rich mahogany brown with nice red accents. It’s complex with deep roasted malt flavours and chocolate and nutty toffee notes. The County’s flavour profile makes it a perfect companion to a coffee rubbed, grilled rib eye steak in the summer! Grilled meats compliment the roasted nutty notes and highlight the coffee flavours in the beer.

In the fall, try the County with a classic roast beer dinner, complete with roasted root vegetables and horseradish for a cozy and heartwarming meal. The veggies compliment the sweet roasted malts and the roast beef matches the richness of the beer.

Mongolian Beef With County Brown Ale

This stick-to-your-ribs crockpot Mongolian beef recipe is made with our award-winning County Brown Ale. The dark, rich beer pairs perfectly with apricot jam, ginger, and garlic to make an incredibly tender and flavourful beef stew. Best served over chow mein noodles with fresh scallions.


Mongolian Beer With County Brown Ale