About Canadian Beer

About Canadian Beer
Canada: Beer Eh?

Despite its geographic proximity, Canada has a very different beer scene in comparison to the United States. For example, many beer connoisseurs agree that mass-market Canadian pale lagers are typically stronger and more full-bodied than their U.S. counterparts. Canada’s beer scene also varies due to provincial government monopolies on beer distribution and retail sales. These laws often allow for the rapid growth of microbreweries by eliminating the difficult step of securing distribution and placement in the marketplace. However, it is interesting to note that with an alternatively independent retail sector, Quebec boasts the liveliest craft-brewing scene in Canada, with the similarly unregulated British Columbia falling close behind.

Unibroue from Chambly, Quebec has been recognized by the Beverage Testing Institute and many others for their outstanding range of Belgian-style ales. McAuslan of Montreal boasts an excellent range of Anglo-style ales, many of which are also found in U.S. markets. Apart from various artisanal products, U.S. consumers are most likely to encounter Canadian beers from Labatts, Molson or Moosehead. Additionally, a considerable amount of beer from other countries are brewed under licenses in Canada, including Guinness of Ireland, Foster’s of Australia and Carlsberg of Denmark.

Top Picks for Canada

La Bittt À Tibi Pale Ale
94 points
Tropical, honeyed, and fruity with a nice malt backbone that makes you want to have more than one.
Awards: 2024 World Beer Championships - Best American Style Pale Ale
La Bittt À Tibi Pilsner
93 points
Tasty and very bready with just a hint of pleasant, grassy butter.
Mons Blonde DAbbaye
93 points
Delightfully fruity with a nice complex compliment of spices.
Clubtails Sunny Margarita
92 points
Like a carbonated candy Margarita; tasty and highly drinkable.
Awards: 2024 World Beer Championships - Best Malt-Based Cocktail
La Bittt À Tibi Blonde Lager
92 points
A bit richer and rounder than expected but absolutely delicious with nice fruited highlights.
Mons Abbey Dubbel
92 points
Beguiling aromatics and subtly warming on the palate with plentiful layers to tease out over a lingering session.
Mons Abbey Quadruppel
90 points
A delicious, malty classic with a rich and complex umami character on the finish.
Mons Scotch Ale
90 points
A sweet and welcoming Scottish style Ale.
Bacardi Breezer Peach & White Tea Seltzer
90 points
A tropical club soda with a kick; dry, refreshing and tasty.
La Bittt À Tibi Blanche White Beer
89 points
An enjoyable Witbier that would be delightful to drink in a cafe in Walloon.