Brew North, strong and tasty. Book fêtes Canada's love of beer

on 04/10/10 at 11:57 am


Author Ian Coutts figured any book about the Canadian beer industry would end when Molson merged with Coors. The last of Canada’s three major brewers finally succumbed to U.S. ownership in 2008.

But, as the Ontario-based writer and beer lover points out in his new book Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada, no one sat around crying in their draft. “Life on Earth didn’t end when the dinosaurs died out,” Coutts writes in the book. “Even as the beer titans faded, exciting new life forms were rising.”

The final chapter is devoted to the rise of these exciting new forms, better known as microbreweries. Smaller, more adventurous beer companies have committed themselves to supplying us with better-tasting brew made from high-quality ingredients.

“I thought it was going to be the end of everything, with Molson’s being sold, but I realized that because of the microbreweries, we’re really living in the golden age,” Coutts said in a recent interview. “It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in Canada now.”

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