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Molson-Coors Canada releases 108 year-old heritage beer

Limited Historic Pale Ale release celebrates the brewer's 230th anniversary in Canada.

March 1, 2016   by PLANT Staff

John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale is now available in 625ml and 341ml bottles. PHOTO: Molson Coors Canada

John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale is now available in 625ml and 341ml bottles. PHOTO: Molson Coors Canada

TORONTO — Molson Coors Canada has recreated a 108 year-old pale ale to celebrate the company’s 230 years of brewing in Canada.

The limited release 1908 Historic Pale Ale is brewed from a recipe found deep within the company’s archives.

“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 an unfiltered beer, each batch of the 1908 brew has unique qualities.

Molson Coors Canada employs 3,000 Canadians at seven breweries across the country, including boutique breweries Creemore and Granville Island.


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