I've got to ask something. What is the deal with you guys thinking you've got better beer than the U.S.? Here's how I look at it.
Canada and the U.S. both have two main beers. Bud & Miller, Labat's and Molson. They are, well, what they are. But they all are pretty much the damn same. They're the same type of beer. While someone might have a preference of the four brands, I doubt someone who had never had any of them could tell them apart.
Other than the big brands (and you can throw Coors or whatever in there also), you have medium and small brands. Here, you can pretty much find anything to suit any taste among both Canadian and American beers. Some are great, some are OK, some are awful. But it's not like Canadian beers are uniformaly better than the American beers, or even better on average. The kinds are just too many and too varied to really compare.
Hey, I'm from Wisconsin, and we can be pretty big beer snobs. But Canadians are 10x worse. I really don't get it.
So, is there something I'm missing here? Is this just another case of the Canadian inferiority complex thing (come on, you all know what I'm talking about)? What's the deal?
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Honestly I can tell the difference when I drink beer. I have had both Molson and Labats enough times to know that they taste way different, with Labat (blue anyways), being much better. I've never had Miller but Bud's okay. I just think anyone who thinks all beer is the same hasn't really drank that much beer. When I was younger I did think all beer tasted the same. But now I've drank very few beer that taste even remotley the same. As a sound note I find Coors taste like alluminum even in a bottle.
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Personally I'm not much of a Molson Canadian fan. Labbat's Blue is ok. So is Moosehead. My personal fav is Sleeman's Honey Brown. Brewed right out of Guelph, Ontario (the city I was born in, and I had a co-op work term there as well, it's also only a half hour drive for where I am now.)
I always thought everyone looked down on US beer because it's got such a small alcohol content. Then again, I'm an Aussie, not a Canadian.
Well, that would be why American beer is like making love in a canoe...
The thing to keep in mind here is that the beer that we EXPORT isn't half as good as the beer we keep. American Moosehead tastes completely different from Canadian Moosehead for instance. (Though even Canadian Moosehead can't hold a candle to the glory that is Alexander Keith's... cause those who like it, like it a lot)
And the aforementioned Sleeman's is the third biggest Canadian brewery in terms of sales now. (Mind you it's an awful long drop from #2 to #3.)
The BEST beer period in the US is Anchor Steam. Their (Anchor) Liberty Ale and Porter are mighty fine too. Locally we have Firestone Double Barrel Ale which is quite excellent. Sierra Nevada is good but a bit overrated. The best beer I had in Canada was the Moosehead, but it is still too skunky for me.
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