Types of Canadian Beer

If you have tried most of the beer varieties by visiting breweries in the U.S., you may want to learn a little more about Canadian beer so that you can introduce your palette to something new. Here is some information about the companies that manufacture Canadian beer, as well as some facts about the brewing process.

Beer has been brewed in Canada for years; the process even helps to define the country itself, since it is a major part of the economy. European settlers introduced Beer to Canadians in the 17th century. This was well before there was refrigeration, so the fermentation and preserving process were extremely important, as they are today.

The first brewery the made Canadian beer in the country was built in Quebec City in the late 1600's. Moreover, after the popularity of beer became a staple in the country, the prohibition laws in Canada were lifted much earlier than they were in the U.S. Most parts of the country were able to buy and sell beer freely by the 1920's, except for in Prince Edward Island, where prohibition ran until the late 1940's. Microbreweries are a large part of the economy currently, but brewpubs are still illegal in some parts of the country.

The domestic Canadian beer market is dominated by the brand Labatt and Molson. Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian are the beers created by these companies, and if you visit Canada, you are likely to find both beers served at local bars and restaurants. Both of these beverage varieties are also found in American bars, especially in places like Detroit and Chicago, since these cities are close to the Canadian border.

There is also an original type of beer called Ice beer, which originated in Canada. This is based on the German Eisbock style of beer, and was first marketed in North America as Molson Ice in the 1990's.

Bringing the brew slightly below the freezing point makes this type of beer. Water freezes at a much higher temperature than alcohol does, so the beer water will freeze, while the alcohol remains a liquid. This will cause a thin layer of ice to form on the surface of the beer, and many Canadian beer enthusiasts enjoy this refreshing form of the brew.

If you want to learn more about Canadian beer, and think you may want to try your hand at creating some beer varieties yourself, you may want to try your hand at home brewing. However, you will need to educate yourself about the process including the types of hops and barley malt that are used in the brewing process.

You can purchase a subscription to the Canadian Taps Magazine to get information on local brewery tours and Canadian beer information that will make your next trip to the country more entertaining.


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