Canadians are the world’s 21st largest consumer of beer per capita, averaging almost 68.3 litres per person. While that seems fairly high, it’s not unreasonable compared to the 1st place Czech Republic with an astonishing 158.6 litres of beer per capita. Still, 1st place or 21st, it’s obvious that Canadians enjoy their beer.
The largest breweries in Canada have made their names on beers that are meant to be consumed on a large scale; the three dominant companies being Molson-Coors, Sleeman, and Labatt. The most consumed, and most popular beers throughout North America are Budweiser and Bud Light, with minor regional differences seeing Canadians opt for Coors Light instead. Sadly, having a rather generic beer be the most consumed and most popular, demonstrates either a lack of desire or lack of access to specialty/craft brews, and may account for the historically negative image of this tasty beverage.
Fortunately, whether imported or locally made, there has been a surge in the number of craft breweries that have appeared throughout the world. Canada is no exception…
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