Are Those Imported Beers Truly Imported? The Surprising Truth

Are Those Imported Beers Truly Imported? The Surprising Truth

If you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ve probably savored the rich flavors of a Stella Artois or the refreshing taste of a Corona on a hot summer day. You might have even bragged about your penchant for imported beers. But what if we told you that your favorite “imported” beer might not have traveled as far as you think?

The Journey of a “Global” Beer

Let’s start with Stella Artois and Corona. These iconic beers, originally from Belgium and Mexico respectively, have found a new home in London, Ontario. Yes, you read that right! According to a CBC News article, the Labatt Brewery in London is now the production hub for these beers for the Ontario market. So, the next time you sip on a Stella or a Corona, remember, it’s as Canadian as maple syrup!

The Case of the Disguised Ale

Moving on to the popular Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Ale. This American beer is a doppelganger of Rickard’s White, a beer that has been quenching the thirst of Canadians since 2006. The beers are so identical that Americans buying Blue Moon often find their bottles labeled with “Blue Moon Brewing Co. Toronto, Ontario/Montreal Quebec” at the Molson breweries. So, if you’re a fan of Blue Moon, you’ve been enjoying a Canadian brew all along!

The German-Canadian Connection

Löwenbrau and its Löwenbrau Radler, the famous German beers, also have a Canadian connection. They were brewed in Canada between 1999 and 2002, then returned to Germany until 2014, when Labatt received the Löwenbrau beer rights again. So, if you’ve been enjoying a Löwenbrau recently, it’s more Canadian than German!

The Local Heroes

And let’s not forget about the beers that are proudly Canadian. Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser, Bud Light, and other sister beers are brewed at the Labatt Breweries throughout Canada. Similarly, Coors Light and Coors Altitude are brewed at Molson facilities throughout Canada. Even the Goose Island Goose IPA, originally a Chicago beer, is now produced at the Labatt facilities.

The Japanese Beer with a Canadian Passport

Lastly, we have Sapporo Lager, the most famous Japanese beer in the world. Surprise, surprise! It’s brewed at Sleeman’s Brewery in Guelph, Ontario. So, the next time you’re savoring a Sapporo, remember, it’s as Canadian as a hockey game on a frozen pond!

The Bottom Line

In the world of beer, things aren’t always as they seem. That “imported” beer you’re enjoying might just be a local hero in disguise. But no matter where your beer is brewed, one thing is certain: it’s the taste that matters. So, here’s to good beer, no matter where it calls home. Cheers!

Coming soon in kegs, Please Beverage.

Coming soon in kegs, Please Beverage!

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Have a cold beer at one of these events happening around the Lower Mainland.

Have a cold beer at one of these events happening around the Lower Mainland.

August 4-13, 2023Harmony Arts FestivalA free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver. While not exclusively beer-themed, it’s a great place to enjoy a cold brew while enjoying the festivities.
August 5-6, 2023Maple Ridge Caribbean FestivalA 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds on the BC Day Long Weekend. Enjoy a variety of beers while soaking in the Caribbean vibes.
August 5-7, 2023Brigade Days at Fort LangleyThree days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend. Enjoy a variety of beers while taking in the historical reenactments.
August 6, 2023Vancouver Pride ParadeA major parade celebrating LGBTQ+ community. Enjoy a variety of beers at the various after parties.
August 12, 2023Burnaby Blues + Roots FestivalA music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby. Enjoy a cold brew while listening to live music.
August 12-13, 2023African Descent FestivalA multicultural event celebrating African music, food and culture in Vancouver. Enjoy a variety of beers while soaking in the African culture.
August 18, 2023Symphony in the ParkA free live music at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford. Enjoy a cold brew while listening to the symphony.
August 19, 2023Chilliwack Pride FestivalAn LGBTQ+ event in downtown Chilliwack. Enjoy a variety of beers at the festival.
August 19 & 20, 2023Ambleside Music FestivalA rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. Enjoy a cold brew while listening to live music.
August 19 to September 4, 2023Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)Vancouver’s annual fair with concerts, amusement rides, and family-friendly entertainment. The PNE is known for its wide selection of food and drink vendors, including a variety of local and imported beers.
August 26, 2023Monstercat CompoundA block party with live music, art and video games in Vancouver. Enjoy a variety of craft beers while enjoying the festivities.
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