13 Canadian Beers to Drink on Canada Day
If you weren’t paying attention in history class or you miss the influx of parades every year, Canada Day falls on July 1. Grab your red and white attire and celebrate your Canadian heritage with friends and family with these amazing Canadian beers.
By The Beer Community on Jul. 01, 2019
Canada Day is the national day of Canada! This holiday celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, which is the effective date of the Constitution Act (a.k.a. the British North America Act).
While you’re at your Canada Day party, crack open a local Canadian brew to help you celebrate. Too many beers to choose from? Take a look at these 13 beers (1 from every Canadian province/territory) and pick a beer to crack open that is local to you or represents what you love about Canada.
New Growth Pale ale – Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, British Columbia)
This truly Canadian pale ale celebrates locally-crafted beer that has been brewed with regionally-harvested ingredients. This refreshing session ale will pair perfectly with a large backyard, bbq, and sunshine on Canada Day.
Alberta Crude – Wild Rose Brewery (Calgary, Alberta)
Looking for something a little darker this Canada Day? Wild Rose has the perfect beer for you. This black brew is a velvety smooth oatmeal stout, brewed with six different malts. Because of its low carbonation, this beer won’t have you feeling gassy and bloated which means you’ll have lots of room for more of this Alberta brew on Canada Day.
ABV%: 5.5 | IBU: 40
Original 16 Helles Half Acre – Great Western Brewing (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
The latest addition to Great Western Brewing’s Original 16 line-up is crisp and malty. It’s the perfect combination of malt and hops. This Munich Helles Lager is the beer for anyone who is “just having one”, or is the designated driver on Canada Day, and wants to keep things light.
ABV%: 2.6 | IBU: 10
Blonde Canadian Pale Ale – Farmery Estate Brewing (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Farmery Estate Brewing strives to be as homegrown as it gets. Their Blonde Canadian Pale Ale is brewed with locally-sourced hops and barley. Pair this sessional, citrusy CPA with your Canada Day burgers for a match made in
O Canada Maple Ale – Perth Brewery (Perth, Ontario)
This award-winning maple ale provides an experience only beer and maple syrup can offer. This copper coloured brew is like a maple-y dessert in a glass. Sweet, light and perfect for celebrating Canada Day with.
ABV%: 4.9 | IBU: 20
Bella Ciao – Le Trou Du Diable (Quebec City, Québec)
Brewed from a true French-Canadian brewery, Bella Ciao has clear aromas of lemon zest with dominant cracked black pepper spiciness. Despite the New Zealand hops, this ultra-dry beer is a true Canadian Saison you need to try.
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Fighting Irish Red Ale – Yellowbelly Brewery (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador)
This east coast beer is Yellowbelly’s most complex beer. Fighting Irish Red Ale is a big, malty-flavoured brew with a long, bold finish. Yellowbelly’s Fighting Irish Red Ale pairs great with spicy chicken wings, lamb, and short rib. If you’re saving this beer for dessert, it will enhance the sweetness in your Canada Day chocolate cake.
ABV%: 5.5 | IBU: 14
Maritime Cream Ale – Grimross Brewing (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Grimross Brewing is known for brewing “Atlantic Canadian Style” beers that are perfect for celebrating Canada Day in the Maritimes. This light cream ale features notes of apples and pears and finishes crisp and clean. Pair this beer with spicy salsa.
ABV%: 4.8 | IBU: 19
Parkman Ave – Copper Bottom Brewing Company (Montague, Prince Edward Island)
Parkman Ave is for any Canadian self-described “hop head”. This hop-forward beer embodies the strength and energy of the community in which it’s brewed. Take a stroll up Parkman Ave on Canada Day and you’ll know what Copper Bottom Brewing Company is talking about.
ABV%: 8 | IBU: 70
Beth’s Blackout Oyster Stout – Sober Island Brewing Company (Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia)
Check out this small town brewery located in Nova Scotia. Their beers are unique and thirst quenching. Beth’s Blackout Oyster Stout was brewed with fresh oysters straight from Pristine Bay.
ABV%: 6 | IBU: 30
Pingo Pale Ale – Winterlong Brewing Co. (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Pingo Pale Ale is the perfect everyday West Coast style pale ale. Aromas of a freshly peeled orange, and a flavour like biting into a juicy tangerine. The fruity notes in this pale ale will pair well with any Canada Day meal.
ABV%: 5 | IBU: 27
KickSled Cream Ale – NWT Brewing Company (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
This light bodied sessionable cream ale is perfectly balanced by a trace of mild hop bitterness and a solid Canadian malt backbone. Hopped with a single variety known for it’s spicy and herbal characteristics that help to maintain a very classic taste. This light, crisp beer is perfect for a hot summer day, a.k.a. Canada Day.
NuBrew Co (Nunavut Brewing Company) (Iqaluit, Nunavut)
NuBrew Co, a.k.a. Nunavut Brewing Company is the most northern brewery and brewpub in Canada. After dealing with difficult water trucking bylaws, NuBrew Co. opened August of 2018. They have 4 beers on tap, as well as some delicious snack offerings. If you happen to be in the area on Canada Day, check out this small, intimate, brewpub.
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