Joe's Top 10 Beers
10. Alexander Keith's
Type: India Pale Ale Made: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia Brewery - Labatt's) Alcohol: 5% www.keiths.ca
This beer is not surprisingly the top selling beer in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, Labatt's have bought them up a while ago so it does not have the small brewery charm anymore. Being owned by the big brewery now, it is more accessible to Canadians coast to coast.
9. McEwan's Scotch Ale
Type: Scotch Ale (Wee Strong) Made: Edinburgh, Scotland (Scottish Courage - Scottish & Newcastle) Alcohol: 8% www.scottish-newcastle.com
The best way to describe this beer is that it tastes like molasses. It is a very strong, bitter beer that is not for the week at heart. I would not recommend it for light beer drinkers, or to have it often. It is great for dark beer enthusiasts, like me.
8. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Type: Amber Lager Made: Boston, Mass. USA (Boston Beer Company) Alcohol: 4.8% www.samadams.com
This is a darker lager that is widely considered the best US made beer (compared to all those bastardized ones like Bud and Miller). It is very smooth beer to have on a nice warm afternoon.
Type: Cream Ale (Pub Ale) Made: Manchester, England (Boddington & Sons Brewery - Interbrew) Alcohol: 4.1% www.boddingtons.com
Very smooth beer, and it best from the tap. They are also known for their sexually motivated commercials in the UK. This beer has a broad appeal and can be enjoyed even by the causal beer drinker.
6. Holsten Pilsener
Type: Pilsener Made: Hamburg, Germany (Holsten-Brauerei) Alcohol: 4.8% www.holsten.com
5. Molson Export
Type: Ale Made: Montreal, Quebec (Molson Breweries) Alcohol: 5% www.molson.com
The best generic domestic beer in the country. It is more popular on the eastern Canada then in the west. So being a westerner, it is a bit tougher to find it, but it can be done. If you are low on money, or too cheap, this is a good cheap beer.
4. Löwenbräu Original
Type: Dortmunder Made: Munich, Germany (Lowenbrau - Interbrew) Alcohol: 5.2% www.lowenbrau.com
A great traditional German beer. It is everything that is great about German beer, made from the heart of Bavaria. It is bold and refreshing. You have to love the baby blue labels as well.
3. Traditional Ale
Type: Ale Made: Calgary, Alberta (Big Rock Brewery) Alcohol: 5% www.bigrockbeer.com
I call this my default beer, since if I can't make up my mind what to get, I'll fall back on this. Its a great ale made in my home province. I highly recommend going to the brewery tour and get some free samples.
2. Newcastle Brown Ale
Type: Brown Ale Made: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England (Scottish-Newcastle) Alcohol: 4.7% www.newcastlebrown.com
One of the most popular beers in the UK, and for good reason. It is called "The One and Only" because I don't think there is a beer similar to it. It is surprisingly smooth with that little bit of bitter taste.
1. Guinness Draught
Just looking at the picture makes me want to go grab one. If you like dark beer, you love Guinness. It is not just refreshing and tasty, but it is also good for you! It has many anti-cancer agents in it and is low in calories. I think
Updated: October 23, 2011