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If you are into saving the polar bears and aim to build a wind farm, it's better you do it in a place that is windy. If you're trying to brew and keep beer cold before the discovery of electricity (much less the invention of refridgeration), you should probably do it in a cold environment. Canada isn't a place for beaches, spring break, girls gone wild, or palm trees but, as the earliest of French settlers came into the new world in the 1600s, it became clear: Canada and Beer go great with eachother. Ask any Canadian, and they will tell you, they have a definitive and exciting culture, and you'd be certain that it will always include Canadian beer. Early establishments in the Canadian brewing industry set the stage for the rest of the nation's history with beer. John Moslon, John Kinder Labatt, and Thomas Carling, were the pioneers in the Canadian brewing industry, each setting a part of the framework that would hoist Canadian beer into the global arena. Each of their businesses continue to brew in some form or another today, with Molson now a part of Molson Coors (after a 2005 merger with US based Coors), Carling, a wholly owned subsidiary of Molson Coors, and Labatt, now a brand of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The Canadian Parliament has also gotten involved with the local industry in the country's history, enacting prohibition roughly the same time that the temperance movement produced the 18th Amendment to the US constitution. Today, brewpubs are still illegal in certain provinces, and every beer must display the ABV on the container. Still, beer represents a major sector in the Canadian economy, constitutes more than $9 Billion US in sales, and is produced in a diverse spectrum of styles. Domestic pale lagers from the brewers mentioned above dominate the industry, though imports and craft brews have seen relatively massive increases in market share over the past few years. Because beer is such a mainstream consumable in Canada, there are significant markets for a large number of beer styles, in spite of the overall dominance of mainstream lagers. Microbreweries began appearing on an industrial scale in the 1980s, and are now commonplace in many of the country's cities. The Canadian Brewing Awards has prizes for thirty different styles, ranging from traditional North American Lagers, to French Saisons, and German Style Hefes. Beer in Quebec specifically, draws heavily upon styles from France and Belgium, coninciding with the regional French speaking culture in the Province.


Rated Canadian Beers

12-15-17 - Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction - 3.25, Canadian Porter, 5.50%
10-22-16 - Collective Arts Ransack The Universe - 3.35, Canadian IPA, 6.80%
5-14-16 - McAuslan St. Ambrose Stout - 3.27, Canadian Oatmeal Stout, 5.00%
5-14-16 - McAuslan St. Ambrose Pale Ale - 3.20, Canadian Pale Ale, 5.00%
5-13-16 - Unibroue Maudite - 3.96, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 8.00%
5-13-16 - Brasserie de West Shefford Les Trois Lettres IPA - 2.87, Canadian IPA, 5.00%
7-18-14 - Frampton Brasse Nuit D'Automne Ale - 4.01, Canadian Strong Brown Ale, 10.00%
7-18-14 - Brasseurs R.J. Belle Gueule Rousse - 3.63, Canadian Amber/Red Ale, 5.20%
4-26-12 - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps - 3.14, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, 9.50%
1-21-12 - Unibroue La Terrible Ale - 4.11, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10.50%
12-28-11 - Unibroue La Fin Du Monde - 3.26, Tripel, 9.00%
3-28-10 - Molson Coors Carling - 3.10, Canadian Lager, 4.00%
Date Expurgated - Molson Coors XXX - 1.89, Canadian Malt Lager, 7.3%
Date Expurgated - Molson Coors Canadian Lager - 2.36, Canadian Lager, 5.00%
Date Expurgated - Molson Coors Canadian Light - 2.17, Canadian Light Lager, 4.00%
Date Expurgated - AB InBev Labatt Blue - 2.16, Canadian Lager, 4.70%
Date Expurgated - AB InBev Labatt Ice - 1.46, American Lager, 5.60%
Date Expurgated - AB InBev Labatt Blue Light - 1.89, Canadian Light Lager, 4.00%
Date Expurgated - AB InBev Labatt Honey Lager - 1.87, Canadian Honey Lager, 5.00%

Popular Beer Styles in Canada

  • Pale Lager
  • Pilsner
  • Bock
  • Cream Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • American IPA
  • Honey/Maple Lager
  • Canadian Breweries with Rated Beer

  • Brasserie de West Shefford - Bromont, Quebec, Canada
  • Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada
  • Brasseurs R.J. - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Collective Arts Brewing Company - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Frampton Brasse - Frampton, Quebec, Canada
  • Labatt Brewing Company (AB InBev) - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • McAuslan Brewing - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Molson Coors Breweries of Canada - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Unibroue - Chambly, Quebec, Canada