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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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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SilverGenes, Oh I love trying new beers and will look for "A Wee Angry Scot Ale". Thanks and that's such a cute name too ... it must be good :)

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      8 years ago

      Ah beer... if you like to explore the dark side on occasion, I can highly recommend "A Wee Angry Scotch Ale" brewed in BC. It's 6.5% and dark amber - even has a touch of chocolate! I have not yet tried the Scottish brew "Orkney Skull Splitter" though it certainly has a catchy name. It can't touch "Tatical Nuclear Penguin" though! I just love the video - yes, get that water out of the beer! LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I agree it's not something you could drink all night - I typically only drink a couple though. However -on occasions, like this weekend, I know I'll be drinking a lot. It's our first camping trip of the season:). I will be drinking Bud Light! Lol

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH sorry for the delay. I find I can only drink one or two Bud Light Lime beers then I have to switch over to something else.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I am a beer lover too! It's the only alcoholic beverage I love. An occasional shot of Patron but my favorite lately has been the bud light lime. Yum.

      The video is hysterical - how you come up with the written material and the video that is so perfect? I gotta keep learning!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ben & ahorseback I love beer what can I say. I try them all. When I go to the beer store (a place to buy beer here in Canada) I am like a kid in a candy store. I'll take one of these and one of these and one of these....You get the point.

      Thanks so much Tina and chatkath glad you enjoyed the hub.

      TurtleDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin ....that's what I want for Mothers Day.

      Sue your husband has good taste! When in the states I tend to drink Coors not the light though. I want that extra alcohol content lol.

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      Susan Mills 

      10 years ago from Indiana

      Molson Canadian is my husband's favorite. (He's french-canadian... so there you go). I love the Coors light, but (with the exception of a couple water-beers) Beer is beer, and beer is good stuff!

      I love the fact that your dad smiled at your taste for beer. What a great dad!

      I would love to give the Tactical Nuclear Penguin a go.. just to say I had, or at least I'd like to drink a Coors while wearing the penguin suit! The suits completely rocks.

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      10 years ago

      Man, Tactical Nuclear Penguin! I think that would kill me for sure at 32 percent! Fun article to read! Now, where did I put that Antarctic Ice for my drink? :-)

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      10 years ago from California

      Hi Susan, thank you for a refreshing change of pace, in fact - sounds good right about now! Great, original idea and hub! Well done.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Susan, I love beer and read this article with joy due to that. I also found this hub very interesting and well written! Thanks!


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      10 years ago

      Susan , In my mind , there is nothing like a good micro brew some of the best company in the word and a laugh amongst friends. Love to experiment the many different brews and styles. By the end of a night everybodies beer silly ! I long ago , lost my beer muscles ! Give me a couple too many and you can't shut me up! But its too fun!

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      10 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      A good beer can be the most relaxing thing to enjoy

      I love samual adams in many of its flavors

      Now I'm craving one, ugh


    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks everyone. Beer is great on a hot summers day, cold winter day, beer is great any day :)

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      10 years ago from san diego calif

      Susan just by the title of your hub ,I knew you were my type of Gal ! I can deal with a Molson anytime !!! :)

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      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      BTW, Susan, I forgot to mention that I am a beer lover.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love beer and live in an area where there are several excellent micro-breweries. I like trying new creations. Great Hub!

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      10 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks Susan, I loved it. I really did not have a taste for beer until recently. My husband spent a tour in Germany and loves beer. I love wine. But lately I sip his beers and enjoy a few of my own. cheers.

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Ah the beer lets talk beer is interesting and refreshing change of pace for my reading time. thanks :) Katie

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. there was at that time a whole row of breweries along the river. Back in the 1960's or so they all seemed to go out of business.There are still breweries around but it seems like a bit of history died there.Now I live in Wisconsin which seems to be a big place for beer.

      I never drank beer as a three year old though.

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      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      One of the first things the Pilgrims did after landing was replenish their supply of beer. In those days, beers and wines were safe to drink, but the water often was not. Germs and bacteria were not yet discovered, so no one knew why alcoholic beverages were safe to drink, but they were.


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