Canada is known for some pretty good beers and Kokanee is no exeption. Its light golden nectar is very flavorsome and packs a 5.0% alcohol volume. Named after the Sockeye Salmon the beer is made from glacier fresh water at the Columbia Brewery in Creston, British Columbia, which has been owned by Labatt since 1974, their beers date back to 1898 and is pretty much the most popular beer in Western Canada. The beer can be found oustide Canada and is fairly distinctive in the fridge with a white and blue lable feauturing Grays Peak with the infamous Sasquatch ontop of the peak. Kokanee have one of the flashest beer websites we have seen for a while www.kokaneebeer.ca – well worth checking out.
If you are ever in Toronto make sure you check out Steam Whistle Pilsner it is a great beer- jam packed with the freshest ingredients and none of that nasty preservatives and chemical additives so many of our beers have today. The best place to try it is at the brewery- you can’t get it any fresher than that. Just look for the giant CN Space Needle and you will find the brewery only a short walk towards the bay. The brewery offers tours of their brew house and finishes up with a taste of some freshly poured Steam Whistle, made to an old Czechoslovakian recipe using Canada’s freshest grains. The brewery not only makes one of Canada’s best beers it makes it caring for the environment with recycling and green technologies being a major part of the businesses philosophy. Look out for the beer around Ontario- and don’t forget to visit the brewery when next in Toronto- we did!
Molson is part of the huge Molson Coors Brewing company which now has about a fifth of the world beer market. Originally starting in Montreal by the Molsen family it’s headquarters still tody sit on the banks of the St. Lawerence River. The Dry is one of a range of Molson branded beers it contains 5.5% alcohol with a fruity yet crisp finish. There are also a couple of variants including a 6.5%, 7.5%, 8.5% and whopping 10.1% brews and some pretty fancy 250ml 6.5% cans called ‘Cold Shots’ which are sold in some markets. The beer was only launched back in 1989 and has done pretty well for itself winning even a North American Specialty Lager Gold medal at the 2002 World Beer Cup.
A lot of American’s dont know too much about the rest of the world, but they do know that Canada is that country to the north that is good to make fun of. This funny ad for Canada’s Molson Beer see’s the Canadian’s getting their own back. Molson is Canada’s second oldest brewery and is based in Montreal. Ironically Molson is part of the merged Molson Coors Brewing Company so it is today 50 percent American owned. Coors and Molson merged in 2005 but both still produce their own unique products, it was about 2005 that Molson dropped the “I am Canadian” slogan as part of the advertising campaign that you see at the end of the ad above. Read the rest of this entry »
Molson Export from North America’s oldest brewery in Canada is know as the Armadillo Beer, Amadillo, you may ask, well it seems when you put the bottle on its side the ship on the label takes on the appearance of the plates on an armadillo’s back… heard it all now eh? Well anyway the Molson products make up about 40% of Canada’s beer market and the Export is a ale which uses traditional ale yeast and hasn’t really changed for over 200 years, but the brand dates back to 1903. It has a slightly sweet yet robust flavor and is made from malted barley and special Nugget and Kent hops which help produce the rich colour. The beer has won plenty of the world’s most prestigious beer awards and is well worth a try next time you visit the local or a bottleo.
There’s a brewery in Toronto Canada called Cool Brewery which is producing a red lager with a hemp base and is meant to be full of natural goodness. The beer features the finest hemp from British Columbia, dark roasted malt from Alberta and fresh German Hopps. The beer is cold filtered and meant to have a refeshing smooth taste. The beer is marketed under the name Millenium Buzz Beer and is getting a mixed reaction, some people think its tasty while others think its a novelty only tasting dirty and not a great beer. But regardless of the taste the product certainly is a talking point and something diffrent to try.
Moosehead Beer is a delicious lager brewed by Moosehead Breweries Limited from St John in the New Brunswick province of Canada. The brewery dates back to 1867 and is Canada’s oldest independently ran and largest brewery. The brewery make a range of products but the lager is the product which is known outside of Canada being exported to about 15 countries around the world. The Moosehead bottle is unmistakable in any bottleshop fridge with the distinct moose head on the label of the crisp green bottle. Interestingly the company is family owned and today the Great Great Great Grandson on the founder are part of the company.