Spearhead Brewing Company

Every Sip Deserves an Encore

In concert with Sam Roberts Band, Spearhead presents Session Ale, a rocking blend of English and American ale characteristics, featuring distinct notes of caramel, subtle undertones of biscuit and a dry, zesty finish that strikes a refreshing chord. Brewed with four types of malts and three types of hops, Session Ale is unfiltered, naturally carbonated and has a complex flavour and aroma. Cheers!

Our Company

Founded in 2011 by Dimitri van Kampen, Spearhead Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery located in Toronto, Canada.  At the heart of Spearhead is the team of Dimitri, Martin Villeneuve, Tom Schmidt and their shared passion for brewing off-the-hook beers that we call Beer Without Boundaries®.

Beer Without Boundaries®

We brew our unique, handcrafted beer in small batches, using the finest, freshest ingredients and a spirit of adventure.  We may do some crazy, unusual things in making our beer, but for us that’s what it’s all about!  We hope you enjoy drinking our beer as music as we love dreaming it up and making it for you.

Real beer takes time. Take the time to enjoy real beer.™

Our beer is real beer, meaning it is unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated.  There may be some sediment.  This is a good thing!


Session Ale’s balanced hoppiness and dry, zesty character make it a perfect beer pairing with a wide range of foods. Enjoy with hearty pub fare, burgers, pizza or spicy Indian and South-East Asian dishes. On its own it is dry, refreshing and super session-able.



  • 4.5% ABV
  • 1.044OG
  • 11.0 °P
  • 33 1/3 IBU
  • 15 SRM



Serving Suggestions

Serving GlassSam Roberts Band Session Ale should be served from a tulip style glass or pint glass.

Open Case

Sam Roberts Band Session Ale isn't an existing beer repackaged with their name; the Montreal rock band was there at every stage of its creation, making sure it was something they enjoyed and could promote, as proudly as they do their albums. This truly is the band's chosen beer.... Read More »

First Draught: Award-winning Sam Roberts Session Ale arriving at LCBOs

Compared to “what is craft beer?” the slightly less nebulous “what is a session ale” is an easier question to answer. These are beers well-suited to a several-pint night because they are lower in alcohol than usual and have a balanced flavour profile.... Read More »

Beer Break with Fearless Fred

Sam Roberts and Dimitri van Kampen sit down with 102.1 The Edge's Fearless Fred for a tasting of Sam Roberts Band Session Ale, chatting about craft beer, Margaret Atwood, Beer Wars and Sam Roberts Band's new album, Lo-Fantasy.... Read More »

Sam Roberts Joins the McArthur Show. He's Got a New Beer

Canadian rocker Sam Roberts sits down with Jeff McArthur to have a taste of his new beer, Sam Roberts Band Session Ale, and chat about craft beer and Sam Roberts Band's fifth studio album Lo-Fantasy.... Read More »

Sam Roberts with Kim Mitchell

Sam Roberts jams with Kim Mitchell in the Q107 studio. The musicians chat over a bottle of Sam Roberts Band Session Ale, talking about Sam Roberts Band's latest album, Lo-Fantasy, and what it's like to have your own beer.... Read More »

Sam Roberts Band on Q with Jian Ghomeshi

Sam Roberts Band hangs out with Jian Ghomeshi in the Q studio, playing from their new album Lo-Fantasy, chatting about their new beer, Sam Roberts Band Session Ale, and Sam Roberts' newfound nemesis, fellow brewer Margaret Atwood.... Read More »

25 beers to fall for this autumn

The good news about the Canadian beer scene at the moment is that there are more beers being released than you can shake a stick at. While there are beers with pumpkins and freshly picked hops available from an unprecedented number of places, it can be hard to narrow down the selection. Here are 25 beers that will fit in with changing leaves and chilly fall evenings.... Read More »

7 Bands Brewing Booze

What does Pearl Jam and Sam Roberts Band have in common? Beer! Indie 88 checks out seven bands making wine, suds and spirits.... Read More »

Sam Roberts Band Session Ale Hits Number 1

Canadian rockers Sam Roberts Band have another number one hit, and this time it's with beer. These multi-Juno Award winners are long-time beer lovers and now first-time brewers who have teamed up with Spearhead Brewing Company to create Sam Roberts Band Session Ale.... Read More »

Bold Magazine

The 2008 market crash took its toll on almost everyone. For Spearhead Brewery founder Dimitri van Kampen, it had a silver lining. When his career as an international project finance lawyer in London, England, went up in smoke when the recession hit, he was forced to take a step back and reflect on what his next move should be. The result? Spearhead Brewery, a major player in Canada’s up and coming independent craft beer scene.... Read More »

National Post

This past weekend at the innovative and groundbreaking Session Craft Beer Festival, held in Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Spearhead Brewing came out on top in the Collaboration Nation contest, with their Sam Roberts Band Session Ale taking top honours — and an LCBO distribution deal later this year. It’s the second year that the retailer has partnered with local brewers to help jump-start a new brew. And the result, once again, was achieved democratically, with the 5,000-plus attendees of the fest voting for their favourite brew... Read More »

Richmond News

As Canadian music icons go, Sam Roberts is right up there for me. So, when an invitation to an intimate concert at a Toronto recording studio arrived, I hopped right on a plane (thanks Aeroplan!) and jetted east. We were there to discuss Aeroplan's new Distinction program, which is rewards for "Frequent buyers," not just frequent flyers... Read More »

Bold Magazine

Aeroplan’s new tiered recognition program, Distinction, just got an upgrade with the launch of the dExclusives benefit last week. Since its inception this January, the Distinction program has been rewarding members who have accumulated more than 25 000 Aeroplan Miles with perks like exclusive flight reward benefits, Distinction flights to in-demand destinations, and redemption at top hotels and resorts... Read More »

Post City

There's a new trend in the craft beer community—attaching a celebrity name to a special release. Recently, beers have hit LCBO and Beer Store shelves sporting well-known names such as Tom Green and Curtis Joseph (former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender), amongst others. It's okay, we’re good with it. The Tom Green milk stout from Beau’s, for one, is delicious... Read More »


TORONTO, ON – Spearhead Brewing and the multiple Juno Award winning Sam Roberts Band have announced details of a collaborative beer that will be released this summer.
Described by Roberts as “combining Spearhead’s mastery of the brewing process with our own profound experience in the field of beer drinking,” Sam Roberts Band Session Ale has the following tasting notes... Read More »

Session Sliders

Sam Roberts Band Session Ale Sliders

By Chef Noel of 3030 Dundas West

Winning Dish of 2014 Toronto Beer Week Kitchen Battle at 3030 Dundas West

  • 1 lb ground bison
  • ½ cup walnuts (ground)
  • ½ cup panko or bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup Sam Roberts Band Session Ale
  • 1 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 1 white onion finely sliced
  • ½ bottle (6oz) Sam Roberts Band Session Ale
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 bottle (355ml) Sam Roberts Band Session Ale
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp each salt, pepper and onion powder
  • ¼ cup corn starch mixed with ¾ cup water to make slurry
  • Slider buns (available at most grocery stores)
  1. Combine sauce ingredients and heat, then slowly whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Reduce at medium to low heat until thick. Brush inside top slider bun.
  2. Grind walnuts in a food processor, then combine with the ground bison, panko, egg, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and Sam Roberts Band Session Ale. Mix well.
  3. Form patties (approximately 100-125 grams each) and bake at 350º F for 20 minutes.
  4. Allow meat to rest for 5 minutes, then grill for 1 minute each side. Add smoked cheese after flipping the first side.
  5. Fry onions in vegetable oil for 1 minute then add beer, maple syrup and salt. Reduce. Add to inside of bottom slider bun. Enjoy!
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Spearhead Brewing Company
For general information:
(416) 907-6952

For media inquiries:
Karen van Kampen – karen@spearheadbeer.com
(416) 907-6952 ext. 213