BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD
A few weeks ago I received a nice package from Molson with a bottle of their 1908. I was waiting for the proper time to taste it and what better moment than do it with an old friend who’s dad had work for Molson. It’s fair to say that growing up together we had tried many of the Molson beers (I will not divulge if we were of legal age or not when we started, my mom might read this) and I thought he would be the perfect partner for the tasting.
Molson Coors Canada Brewmasters have worked tirelessly to authentically recreate the pale ale of 1908, right down to the most minute details, combining diverse malts, heirloom hops and century-old fermentation techniques.
“To try and replicate the flavours and nuances of the early twentieth century recipe, we went deep into the archives to uncover every last detail behind this historic brew,” says Keith Armstrong, Brewmaster at Molson Coors Canada. “We sat down with malsters, barley and hops breeders from across the globe to identify the correct ingredients to mix with Molson’s ancient ale yeast derived from the same primordial strand John Molson used in the 1700’s.”
During the brewing process, the density and temperature measurements had to be recorded every few hours to ensure consistency. The recipe is one of the many historic documents found in approximately 400 cartons of Molson archives.
As for the beer, this was a very good Pale Ale, we compared it to another one from a Micro Brewery and it had all the components you would expect from a well brewed beer. It’s a nice strong 6.8% unfiltered beer with a nice amber color and copper glow and was good cold and as good when we let it warm up a little.
This beer will be offered with a limited release to celebrate 230 years of brewing in Canada. John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale is now available in 625ml and 341ml bottles wherever beer is sold
About Molson Coors Canada:
Molson Coors Canada is the Canadian division of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a global brewer with operations in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Asia. The company proudly offers some of the most popular brands in Canada with an award-winning brand portfolio that includes Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Molson Export, Rickard’s and Molson Canadian 67.
Molson Coors Canada employs 3,000 Canadians, operates seven breweries, including boutique breweries Creemore and Granville Island, and invests in communities from coast-to-coast through its various charitable initiatives and sports and entertainment sponsorships. Molson Coors Canada is committed to promoting its products and events in a responsible manner as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.