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Canadians Love Their Beer

Updated on February 14, 2018
The Beer Store
The Beer Store | Source

It’s a fact that Canadians love their beer. We love beer so much that here in Ontario there are stores that exclusively sell beer.

In 1927 the Ontario Liquor Control Act was proclaimed ending prohibition and the Beer Store known then as Brewers Warehousing Company, later becoming Brewers Retail/The Beer Store opened. Today it is the largest distributor of beer selling to bars restaurants and to the public within Ontario.

There are over 435 stores in the province that sell 350 different brands of beer from 90 brewers worldwide. That is quite a selection. Should you not be able to find a beer that you desire at The Beer Store, more than likely the Liquor store will carry it.

Canadian Beer Fridge
Canadian Beer Fridge | Source

Quebec Canada

In the province of Quebec, you will find many microbreweries that differ from others as they usually follow recipes from the French, British and Belgian. Quebec is the home of Brador beer but it is available in other provinces. This is a malt beer that is 6% alcohol. Many people used to like it because of the high alcohol content, however, there are stronger beers available in Canada.

Government laws vary from province to province as far as the sales of beer goes.

  • In New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island beer can be purchased at the Atlantic Superstore (according to Wikipedia), which is a large supermarket and at government liquor stores. Beer may also be purchased at a licensed brewery and winery in New Brunswick.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, you can find locally brewed beer in convenience stores but all other beer must be purchased at government liquor stores.
  • In Quebec, you can purchase beer in convenience and grocery stores.
  • In Ontario, you can either purchase beer at The Beer Store or the liquor store.
  • Manitoba has just started offering beer in some of their grocery stores.
  • Saskatchewan has beer stores and liquor stores.
  • In Vancouver, British Columbia you will find that there are beer stores that carry the same product as the provincial liquor stores. For the rest of the province, you must buy beer at government-owned stores.
  • Alberta has attached liquor stores with separate entrances at some grocery stores, gas stations, and connivance stores. If you happen to live in an area without a liquor store within 15 kilometers, you can purchase beer from a licensed retailer at some general and convenience stores.


If you happen to be traveling across Canada and are a beer lover, there are many beer festivals that you may want to attend.

Along your journey you can also check out all the microbrewies which you will find in all the provinces.

Beer Festivals in Canada

Calgary International Beer Festival
May 27th & 28th
Calgary, Alberta
Kelowna Beer Festival
May 30th & 31st
Kelowna, British Columbia
Le Mondial de la Biere
June 8th - 12th
Montreal, Quebec
Beach BBQ & Brews Fest
June 17th - 19th
Toronto, Ontario
Summer Festival of Craft Breweries
June 21st - 25th
Toronto, Ontario
Session 99 Craft Beer Festival
June 25th
Sudbury, Ontario
Central City Brewing Cask Festival
June 25th
Surrey, British Columbia
Ottawa Cask Beer Festival
June 26th
Ottawa, Ontario
Nando's Canada Cuo Of Beer
July 8th & 9th
Vancouver, British Columbia
Festival Des Bieres Du Monde chicoutimi
July 21st - 24th
Chicoutimi, Quebec
Hart House Craft Beer Festival
July 28th
Toronto, Ontario
Queer Beer Festival
August 4th
Toronto, Ontario
Halifax Seaport BeerFest
August 5th & 6th
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Toronto Festival Of Beer
August 5th
Toronto, Ontario
Festival Oktoberfest Des Quebecois
September 9th & 10th
Mascouche, Quebec
The Great Canadian Beer Festival
September 9th & 10th
Victoria, British Columbia
Toronto Beer Week
September 16th - 24th
Toronto, Ontario
Hopscotch Whiskey Beer Festival
September 24th & 25th
Kelowna, British Columbia
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
October 7th-15th
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Hopscotch Whiskey Beer Festival
November 14th - 20th
Vancouver, British Columbia

These are most of the beer festivals in Canada. The Queer Beer Festival is the first of its kind in North America to celebrate the queer communities

Fun Facts On Beer

Canada has always prided itself on having a stronger beer than the Americans. The truth is our beer is only a touch stronger than the American beer, as we measure our alcohol content by volume, whereas in the U.S.A. it is measured by weight.

Canadians that purchase domestic beer choose bottles at 69%, cans at 19% and draught at 12%.

Because there is a deposit (built into the price) on bottles and cans, Canadian's 97% of the time will return their bottles, and for cans, 86% of the time.

Over two billion liters of domestic beer is consumed yearly in Canada. That would work out to somewhere around 528344104.72 US gallons.

Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken | Source

Funny Looking Recipe

There are many delicious recipes that use beer as an ingredient. One of my favorites is Beer Can Chicken. The chicken comes out moist and scrumptious.

Some Canadian Humor

A Canadian bloke is walking down the street with a case of beer under his arm.

His friend Randy stops him and asks, "Hey Dave! Whatcha got that case of beer for?"

"Well, I got it for my wife, you see?" answers Dave.

"Wow," exclaims Randy, "Great trade."


One day an Englishman, an American and a Canadian walked into a pub together. They preceded to each buy a pint of Labatt Blue. Just as they were about to enjoy their beverages, a fly landed in each of their pints.

The Englishman pushed his beer away from him in disgust. The American fished the offending fly out of his beer and continued drinking it as if nothing happened. The Canadian picked the fly out of his drink and started shaking it over the pint, yelling, "SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT YOU BASTARD!!!"


After the North American Beer Festival, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer.
The guy from Corona sits down and says, "Hey Senor, I would like the world's best beer, a Corona."
The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him.
The guy from Budweiser says, "I'd like the best beer in the world, give me 'The King Of Beers', a Budweiser."
The bartender gives him one.
The guy from Coors says, "I'd like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." He gets it.
The guy from Molson sits down and says, "Give me a Coke." The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered. The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask, "Why aren't you drinking a Molson's?" The Molson president replies, "Well, I figured if you guys aren't drinking beer, neither would I.


© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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