Surrey, BC – Last month, Central City Brewers + Distillers along with 12 other Canadian craft brewers announced the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack which commemorates Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. Today, the breweries announced the all-star craft beer lineup which makes up the #Canada150 collaboration, as well as #Canada150 celebration tasting events that will be held at each brewery across the country.
Each of the 12 beers has been brewed at Central City’s Surrey brewery specially for this collaboration and embodies the region they represent. A brewer from each collaborating brewery joined the Central City brewers to brew the recipe that they helped design.
“We wanted each of the collaboration beers to showcase the uniqueness of the provinces and territories to celebrate everything that is Canadian,” says Gary Lohin, Brewmaster at Central City Brewers + Distillers. “The result is a special collaboration that not only features the best of what our country has to offer, but also the true spirit of Canada.”
Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration Beers:
- 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.
#Canada150 celebration tasting events at each brewery:
- Tuesday, May 30th – Four Winds Brewing at Central City Brewpub Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Saturday June 3rd – Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary, Alberta
- Sunday June 4th – Black Bridge Brewery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
- Thursday June 8th – Half Pints Brewing Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Monday June 12th – Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, St. John’s, Newfoundland
- Thursday June 15th – PEI Brewing Company, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Friday June 16th – Picaroons Traditional Ales, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Saturday June 17th – Garrisons Brewing Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Wednesday June 21st – Yukon Brewing Company, Whitehorse, Yukon
- Friday June 23rd – NWT Brewing Company, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- 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
The Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack (330 ml bottles) will be available in liquor stores in most provinces in early May 2017, and as two unique 6-packs (East and West) in some provinces.
About Central City Brewers + Distillers:
Central City is a craft brewery and distillery in the business of developing, producing and selling international award-winning, premium craft beer and high quality distilled spirits, brewed without compromise. Based in Surrey, British Columbia, CCBD was voted Canada’s Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Their Red Racer brand has become a cult icon among craft beer enthusiasts throughout North America. Founded in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, CCBD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the grand opening of a brand new, 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive. It opened a second restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Central City on Beatty, in 2015.
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