Canada has been gearing up to celebrate its milestone 150th birthday this year, and to get our tastebuds primed for the unique flavours of craft beers from across the nation, BC’s Central City Brewers + Distillers have spearheaded a one-of-a-kind 12-pack featuring special brews from every province and territory.
Called the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack, this once every century-and-a-half kind of release contains a special beer from a brewer in each province that was created just for the occasion, and brewed at Central City’s Surrey, BC facilities.
What’s even more rare, perhaps, is that this pack will be for sale across the country at select liquor stores, which offers beer lovers the opportunity to try brews from other provinces they may not often have access to.
Named for one of Central City’s signature family of brews, Red Racer, and featuring the dozen 330mL bottles, the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack will hit shelves in early May, and some provinces will have unique East or West 6-packs for sale.
Special tasting events will also happen in every province, including in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
- Tuesday, May 30th – Four Winds Brewing at Central City Brewpub Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Saturday June 3rd – Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary, Alberta
- Thursday June 29th – Trou de Diable, Shawinigan, Quebec
- Saturday July 1st – Beau’s Brewing Company, Vankleek Hill, Ontario
- Friday, July 14th – Central City Brewers + Distillers, Surrey, British Columbia
Here’s what you’ll find in every 12-pack:
- British Columbia – Four Winds Brewing Company: Left of the Divide IPA – BC is known for growing hops. Four Winds and Red Racer came together in this brew using concentrated Idaho 7 hop hash to brew a massively aromatic and truly West Coast style IPA
- Alberta – Last Best Brewing & Distilling: Berry Light Berliner Weisse – Using ingredients inspired from the Alberta plains, this Berliner Weisse is a wheat-based beer that uses raspberries and vanilla for a mildly sour, lightly sweet and easy drinking beer.
- Saskatchewan – Black Bridge Brewery: Wide Open Spaces Kellerbier – The German were drawn to Saskatchewan in the 1700s for the vast farm land. With their arrival came beer styles such as the Kellerbier, a young lager with a distinctive and delicious flavour.
- Manitoba – Half Pints Brewing Company: Land of Rice & Honey Saison – Manitoba is home to rich farmland that produces everything from wild rice to wildflower Honey. In this brew both are used in a unique and locally inspired beer.
- Ontario – Beau’s Brewing Company: Upper Reaches Pale Ale – Reaching for the trees in Upper Canada this collaboration brew uses peaches and Ontario white spruce tips for a locally inspired, refreshing flavour.
- Quebec – Le Trou Du Diable: Bouclier canadien Pilsner – Brewed with new-world hops this pilsner takes a tropical and aromatic approach to brewing. From the Canadian Shield, or bouclier canadien, this is a Canadian-hopped twist on the pilsner style.
- New Brunswick – Picaroons Traditional Ales: Restored Hop(e) ESB – New Brunswich was largely founded by French descendants and United Empire Loyalists which inspired the province’s motto “Spem reduxit”, meaning “Hope is restored”. For this reason we have brewed the classic, English style of an Extra Special Bitter.
- Nova Scotia – Garrison Brewing Company: “New” Scottish Ale – In Latin, Nova Scotia literally means “New Scotland”. To celebrate Canada’s Scottish roots, we have brewed up a lightly peated Scottish Ale.
- Prince Edward Island – PEI Brewing Company: Bière d’ici Honey Ale (Beer of Here) – PEI may be small but it is often known as the Birthplace of Confederation. Brewed with local PEI honey and maritime grown hops, this brew is a lighter take on the Bière de Garde style.
- Newfoundland – Quidi Vidi Brewing Company: Hop To The East Hefeweizen – Canada’s most eastern province is Newfoundland and taking a North Eastern take on the Hefeweizen style this beer was brewed with new-age tropical hops to give a fruity aromatic twist on the classic German style.
- Yukon – Yukon Brewing Company: Swift Currant Dark Ale – Community plays a large role in Yukon life. This comes from the long winters and breathtaking wilderness surrounding. Taking a dark and warming beer style with local inspiration of black currents we have come out with a beer that truly represents the people of the Yukon.
- Northwest Territories – NWT Brewing Company: Miner’s Refresh Grissette – From its origin in Belgian Mines, the Grissette style makes its way from mineral-rich Northwest Territories to the bottle. Made with spelt, this ancient recipe pays tribute to the mining heritage of Canada’s North.