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Old Posted Sep 30, 2013, 8:16 PM
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Not trying to be a beer snob, but with all the microbrews popping up everywhere, 90% of the beer i've been drinking is from Eastern Ontario or Western Quebec.

The other 10% would be other Ontario or Canadian craft brews or the Hobgoblin the local pub has on tap.
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2013, 8:17 PM
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Bushwakkers has the best beer in Regina. Fantastic little brewpub.

Out west, I gotta say I'm fond of Okanogan Spring Black Ale.
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2013, 8:43 PM
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Muskoka Cream Ale is tasty, and most products from MacAuslan/St. Ambroise are quite good. Wolfgang's is also really good.

On a side note, if anyone can direct me to a highly-peated beer in Canada, I'd greatly appreciate it. Some of the best beers I had in Belgium and the Netherlands were strong, highly-peated beers.
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2013, 8:53 PM
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My favorite is 1516.. The brewery was started by some family friends who immigrated from Germany in the mid '80's.. was not a huge fan until my beer palate became more refined. The Pale Ale is pretty good but I don't like the sweet undertones. Porter is great when it's colder out. My good friend who is the son of the owner is still the production manager, and his brother is the brewmaster.

Here in Edmonton, the Alley Kat Charlie Flint's lager is quite good. I'll pick up a six of that regularly as well

Of course, we can't forget BC's pride and joy:



Mmm Mmm camping beer!
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I'm gonna be honest, I have barely tried any craft beers at all because I'm not really a "casual" beer drinker. I'm more of a "load up on a cheap 12 pack of domestic beer so I can get drunk at a party/show/whatever" beer drinker. Craft beers are typically higher in price and can be a lot of experimenting if you're not used to the more aromatic signatures (which I'm not). That said, I don't mind a Mill Street, Steamwhistle or Muskoka if it's all thats available. I'd imagine they're generally considered the "domestic craft beers" by craft beer fans since they're a bit more affordable in price and have a more casual taste to them.

I really am glad that the selection of craft beers available to us is growing every year, even if I haven't taken advantage of it yet. It is good to have choice, even if you don't use it.

Really wish there were more craft ciders though... I love me some cider.
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2013, 9:25 PM
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...Really wish there were more craft ciders though... I love me some cider.
can you get Big Rock's "Rock Creek Dry Cider" in Ontario? It's not bad for a Canadian cider, though still no Scrumpy! I miss fall in the UK, drinking fresh Scrumpty and straining the apple bits through your teeth!

We also need some good Perry over here, but that's asking way too much!
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Yeah, so local craft breweries. Bellwoods Brewery, Mill Street, Steamwhistle, Flying Monkeys, Muskoka Brewery, Great Lakes, Amsterdam, Hogtown, Kensington Brewing Company, etc. Can't go wrong with any of 'em really.

One of my favourite beers: (from Muskoka Brewery)


http://www.ohbeautifulbeer.com/2011/...-winter-beard/

Or maybe it's just love the name + bottle that I love. But it's good.



If drinking non-local beer, then it's probably Old Milwaukee (non-Canadian...obviously). Which is nasty. But it's the cheapest thing out there short of getting a 40 of Olde English or something.
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Big Rock has started to make some new&interesting brews, with my favorite being this puppy which is made by heating the mash by the addition of red hot rocks thus adding a very different (and complex) smoking/toffee flavour ...

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As an aside, if you were born after 1980, you should consider yourself lucky. Pre-2000 craft beers were so hard to find ... and the most excitment in beer in the 90s was whether recipe X or recipe Y was going to be the new "Labatt Copper" or whether Molson Stock was the original "Blue".
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Big brewery: Kootenay. Its Kokanee's older and unmarketed brother (Labatt)
Imported: Corona and a lime. Its light beer without being "light"
Microbrew: Most anything from Granville Island or Steamworks both from Vancouver.
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^ That Nelson Brewing Company Wild Honey Organic Ale is pretty darn good.
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Beer lover here.

I prefer stouts, especially those with chocolate or wood scents .

I find that Québec breweries produce some top quality stuff, even the most common ones like Unibroue have good stuff. Plus I love drinking a beer called deadly sin, three pistols, god's gift, etc.

@MonkeyRonin

That Winter beard looks exactly like something I would love to try! I'll have to see if I can find it.

P.S. The dépanneur a few blocks away from my school prides itself on offering around 400 different types of beer. I grab a couple different ones every few weeks or so. Any Montrealers wanna guess which Dep/School I'm talking about?
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As an aside, if you were born after 1980, you should consider yourself lucky. Pre-2000 craft beers were so hard to find ... and the most excitment in beer in the 90s was whether recipe X or recipe Y was going to be the new "Labatt Copper" or whether Molson Stock was the original "Blue".
Are you kidding? The 90s were a time of phenomenal revolution in brewing!

We had amazing innovations like MOLSON ICE BEER and MOLSON DRY BEER...

It was like living in THE FUTURE.
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^ That Nelson Brewing Company Wild Honey Organic Ale is pretty darn good.
Yes it is actually. Most of Nelson's beer is too dark for my tastes but that is a good one. And im also a fan of Okanagan Springs stuff.
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P.S. The dépanneur a few blocks away from my school prides itself on offering around 400 different types of beer. I grab a couple different ones every few weeks or so. Any Montrealers wanna guess which Dep/School I'm talking about?

My go to for beer finding is http://www.sherbrookeliquor.com, 1500 beers. Their walk-in cooler is truly something to behold.
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My go to for beer finding is http://www.sherbrookeliquor.com, 1500 beers. Their walk-in cooler is truly something to behold.
Epic, I'd have to check that out. What makes my go-to place amazing is that it's..... a convenience store.
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^thankfully in AB we do not have to walk more than 500m to find a store, but yes, it would be nice to have in convenience stores sometimes.

Japan was truly wonderful for that.
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As an aside, if you were born after 1980, you should consider yourself lucky. Pre-2000 craft beers were so hard to find ... and the most excitment in beer in the 90s was whether recipe X or recipe Y was going to be the new "Labatt Copper" or whether Molson Stock was the original "Blue".

There are actually more breweries in the US now than at any time in the past 125 years (I imagine Canada is similar). So...now is definitely a good time for craft beer, though it would appear that the current revival was well underway by the late 90s.


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Two I like: Muskoka Cream Ale and Waterloo Dark. I will definitely have to check out that Winter Beard, if not just for the bottle!
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