Michael Jon Lazar
Fact: In terms of beer consumption per capita, Canada ranks in on number 20. It’s just a tad bit behind New Zealand and The Netherlands.
For those who have roamed the towns and cities for the best booze, you will notice that our country is well known in valuing quality over quantity (and yes, others claim the exact same thing for their home brews). But what makes a great Canadian home brew? Anyone can simply say “flavor” or “taste”, while others will say “availability is the number one priority”. I mean, what kind of pub would run out of beer?
Clearly, I am not a beer expert, but there are obviously insubstantial aspects to be considered before your favorite beer can be called as such by many other Canadians. Some of the most important factors that make a prodigious Canadian beer are the historical descent and its association with our individuality as a country. Let me make it clear that this list of top 5 Canadian beers is not purely based on recommendations made by friends and loved ones, and it is not arranged in a specific order.
|Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale – believe it or not, this was served to the British soldiers in India. It originated in Nova Scotia, where most of the soldiers were stationed. Since 1820, Mr. Alexander Keith has provided the soldiers and the rest of the country with such eponymous ale. Before I forget – Keith was the Mayor of Halifax for three terms. Has anyone been to any of his inaugurals?
|Moosehead – have you ever held this green bottled beauty in your hands? If not, then you haven’t tasted the beer from one of Canada’s oldest and independent brew. It is labeled as one of the best Canadian beers because of its rich history. According to sources, a woman who goes by the name Susannah Oland started brewing this in 1867, who came from England with an ale recipe.
|Molson Export – on a personal perspective, I strongly disagree that this is just a generic type of Canadian beer. According to the Monde Selection Beer Festival judges, Molson Export is worthy or a gold medal. It is widely available across the country, but it still remains underrated in the Quebec market. Maybe you’ve heard the rumor, but I cannot attest that Molson Export is a relabeled Molson Canadian. Absolutely not.
|Molson Canadian – while others refer to this as a working class beer, I see it as a great tasting beer that comes from inherited drinking generations. Not to mention, Molson Canadian is awarded the gold medal in 2003 in the lager category of the North American Beer Awards. Ponder on this: Molson Canadian is a stakeholder in the Montreal Canadiens.
|Labatt Blue – like I have said earlier, this list of top 5 beers is not just based on taste or flavor. Labatt Blue is an excellent example. When it was first marketed, it carried the name Labatt Pilsner. Later on, patrons of this beer started calling it “blue” for two reasons. First is because of the color of the label, and the second is because the company largely supports the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The name was officially changed to Labatt Blue after marketing executives picked up on it.
And there you have it – Canada’s top 5 home brews based on history and heritage (and taste). Happy bar hopping!