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Molson Coors Canada Brewery

Updated on November 6, 2017
Nothing like a tall cold one!
Nothing like a tall cold one! | Source

I have had a love for beer from the time I was three years old. Yes three. One day my dad was enjoying a beer and had to go and use the bathroom. He set a half bottle of beer down on the table. I grabbed it and drank it. It is strange how I can still remember doing this but I can. When he came out of the washroom he picked up the empty bottle, shook his head, looked at me and gave me a little smile. After that every time dad would have a beer around me I would ask him for a small glass. Sometimes he would let me join him giving me a few ounces.

John Molson Starts Molson Brewery

The oldest brewery and still in existence today in North America is Molson, dating back to 1786. After arriving in Canada from England John Molson started to brew beer with his own formula, and by the end of 1786 produced 4300 gallons of beer.

The Molson brewery located in Montreal, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River did not have electrical refrigeration back then, so the brewery had to use ice out of the river, only allowing them to make the beer for 20 weeks out of the year. What a shame that was.

Molson Brewery taken in 2008 - Montreal, Quebec
Molson Brewery taken in 2008 - Montreal, Quebec | Source

When beer was first made at Molson’s it was in large barrels made of wooden stave's.

In the 1800's glass bottles were used with corks.

It wasn't until 1900 after replacing steam to refrigerate the beer that they first started using electricity. This enabled them to brew beer all year round. Now we’re talking.

These are not the exact woodstave barrels that Molson's used but these would be similar.
These are not the exact woodstave barrels that Molson's used but these would be similar. | Source

Molson Brewery in Barrie Ontario

There was a Molson Brewery in Barrie, Ontario, which is a thirty-minute drive from where I live. But sad to say they closed their doors in 2000 due to a change in some provincial alcohol regulation. In January of 2004 the former Molson plant was busted as someone noticed a very high electrical bill. When the police went in to investigate they found 30,000 pot plants at a street value of 30 million dollars.

Over the Years

In 1989 Molson merged with Carling O’Keefe.

There are a total of six Molson breweries across Canada that employs over 3000 people. In 2005 Coors and Molson merged creating Molson Coors.

Beer has been consumed forever so it seems, as according to Wikipedia as far back as early Neolithic or 9500 BC.

Between Molson Coors and Molson Canada there are many different types of beer made. A few of my favorites include Rickard’s Red, Molson Canadian, Coors Light and Molson Dry.

$800.00 for a Beer?!

While researching about beer I happened to look up the most expensive beers made in modern times. I am in shock as I found one called “Antarctic Nail Ale” that sold for $800.00 in an auction. Do you think the people that bought this beer actually drank it? Only thirty bottles of this beer was produced and there are more bottles out there somewhere just in case anyone is interested. They say it was brewed with Antarctic Ice. Well that explains the price then. The money received for this beer goes to charity.

Now Here's a Strong Beer!

I always thought that the alcohol content in Canadian beer was pretty good until I found out about BrewDog a Scottish brewery that makes a beer called “Tactical Nuclear Penguin”. How’s that for a name. This beer would surely put me under the table at a whopping 32 percent alcohol content.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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