In honour of Canada’s 150+ birthday, Central City Brewers + Distillers has put together the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration, a celebratory 12-pack that features 12 different beers from Canada’s 10 provinces and two of its territories.
According to Central City, the specially crafted box is the only cross-Canada beer collaboration that recognizes the country’s sesquicentennial year. The Surrey-based brewery teamed up with select brewers from across Canada to create suds that are representative of each one’s province.
“There is a great sense of comradery amongst us craft brewers in Canada, and what better way to show our pride in our country than to bring together some of Canada’s best breweries on a celebratory mix-pack to commemorate this huge Canadian milestone,” said Gary Lohin, Central City Brewers + Distillers’ brewmaster, in a media statement.
The pack includes the Left of the Divide IPA, a West Coast IPA with a “concentrated Idaho 7 hop hash” that was produced in part by Four Winds Brewing Company. The beer showcases B.C. as a popular site for growing hops.
Other beers imbibers can expect to find is the Berry Light Berliner Weisse by Alberta’s Last Best Brewing & Distilling; the Bouclier Canadien Pilsner by Quebec’s Le Trou Du Diable; and the Restored Hop(e) ESB by New Brunswick’s Picaroon’s Traditional Ales.
The Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration hits liquor store shelves across Canada in early May. Celebration tasting events are planned at various participating breweries across Canada throughout the summer, including at Central City Brewers + Distillers on July 14.
Check out the list below to see details regarding all 12 participating breweries and beers included in the pack.
British Columbia — Four Winds Brewing Company: Left of the Divide IPA
B.C. 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 style 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)
P.E.I. may be small but it is often known as the birthplace of Confederation. Brewed with local P.E.I. 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 Eastern-most province is Newfoundland and taking a northeastern spin 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.