"Saskatoon brewery wins international beer award"

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toddsschneider
"Saskatoon brewery wins international beer award"

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A Saskatchewan brewery has won bragging rights to say it makes one of the world's best beers.

Great Western Brewing of Saskatoon came away from the World Beer Awards competition with the top honour for "standard lagers," beating out Clausthaler Classic and Sam Adams Light, the company said in a news release Thursday.

Great Western president Ron Waldman called the award "truly remarkable," saying it shows the company is doing something right ...

Maysie Maysie's picture

Congrats to The Great Western Brewing Company.

Hmm.

Does this belong in "body and soul"? I don't think so.

But where to move it to? Where? This is one of those moderating challenges that I just live for.

Not "banter", no. Maybe "culture"? Maybe "The Prairies"? 

Damn. Where's our "beer forum"?

 

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I never thought Great Western was such great shakes...  May have to give it another try.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

This international award business for beers and wines is a marketing scam. It's getting harder and harder to find a product that hasn't won some phony award at some phony international competition.

Timebandit's reaction (perfectly understandable) is exactly what they are aiming for.

al-Qa'bong

Hmm, I just bought a box of GW Pilsner yesterday.  I chose it over the "Molson" Pilsner because of the beer glass that came with it.  Pil offered a Riders hardhat as its marketing ploy, but I'd have had to buy twice as much beer.

 

This thread should be in "Culture," not shunted off to the "Prairie" ghetto, which, according to a discussion elsewhere, is an unread, unimportant wasteland.

genstrike

al-Qa'bong wrote:
This thread should be in "Culture," not shunted off to the "Prairie" ghetto, which, according to a discussion elsewhere, is an unread, unimportant wasteland.

Do you mean the prairies forum, or the prairies in general? Wink

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

It obviously belongs in "labour and consumption".

Tommy_Paine

If you're partial to Pilsner, pardner, try Creemore Spring, domestically, or Pilsner Urquel internationally.

Though,  I've mentioned this time and again.

Speaking of which, I have three Pilsner Urquel's calling me from the fridge. But  I will wait  for a while.

 

 

al-Qa'bong

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If you're partial to Pilsner, pardner, try Creemore Spring, domestically, or Pilsner Urquel internationally.

 

I have a Slovakian friend who introduced me to Urquel, and other Czech beers, a few years ago. My favourite recommendation of his is a plum liquor called Slivovice. he bought me a bottle for Christmas once. A Czech colleague of his had some homemade Slivovice that I tried as well. It's purty good stuff.

toddsschneider

What's the fascination?  While Urquell earns a B rating ("good") on the BeerAdvocate.com site, it pales in my memory to a microbrew pilsner from Guelph, ON called Stonehammer.

That's one drawback to thinking globally and drinking locally.  The great stuff is not always exported eveb between provinces. Anyone here had an "excellent"-rated oatmeal stout from Quebec from McAuslan? If not, more's the pity.

Tommy_Paine

Oh, I'd put a fresh Creemore Spring up against a Pilsner Urquell that you buy at the liquor store any day. 

al-Qa'bong

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Anyone here had an "excellent"-rated oatmeal stout from Quebec from McAuslan?

 

I tried an oatmeal stout from Québec, but didn't like it. It may have been McAuslan.

toddsschneider

Tommy_Paine wrote:
Oh, I'd put a fresh Creemore Spring up against a Pilsner Urquell that you buy at the liquor store any day.

Then get in there and vote. Creemore is even less-highly rated than Urquell, at only B-("worthy").

Ain't democracy grand?

toddsschneider

al-Qa'bong wrote:
I tried an oatmeal stout from Québec, but didn't like it. It may have been McAuslan.

We will have none of your Quebec-bashing on this site.  You have been warned.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

McAuslan Oatmeal stout is a world beater. Absolutely brilliant. Maybe the best stout I've ever had.

Creemore Springs is no pilsner, although it is an interesting dark lager. It is also one of my favourite Canadian beers, and used to be excellent before Molson bought it and quality suffered. Still delicious and fresh, but it used to be perfect.

If you like Urquell and live in Ontario, you should drink Steam Whistle from Toronto. When I was in Prague, Gambrinus was a local favourite. It's impossible to beat Czech pilsner when it's local.

I'm halfway into making a batch of blackberry wheat beer now. I have no idea how it will turn out.

Tommy_Paine

toddsschneider wrote:

Tommy_Paine wrote:
Oh, I'd put a fresh Creemore Spring up against a Pilsner Urquell that you buy at the liquor store any day.

Then get in there and vote. Creemore is even less-highly rated than Urquell, at only B-("worthy").

Ain't democracy grand?

 

Oh, "rating" beers on any scale is reification.  You can't quantify an abstract concept like taste.   

What you can do is try new beers based on what people who appear to have similar tastes prefer.  That's why I wouldn't take too many recomendations from a person who has a preference for German beers.  I don't like the bitterness of German beers, though apparently millions do.

 

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Wow. My blackberry wheat beer is neck deep in a pretty violent fermentation, with foam splurging out the top of the carboy at an alarming rate. I had to take off the airlock and just let it guzzle away.

Tommy, have you tried Steam Whistle pilsner? If there is a better Canadian-made pilsner, I haven't tasted it.

Ze

Hmm. I'm having blackberries and a Great Western right now. Not really the same thing though is it? 

toddsschneider

Tommy_Paine wrote:
Oh, "rating" beers on any scale is reification.  You can't quantify an abstract concept like taste.   

What you can do is try new beers based on what people who appear to have similar tastes prefer.  That's why I wouldn't take too many recomendations from a person who has a preference for German beers.  I don't like the bitterness of German beers, though apparently millions do.

Go to BeerAdvocate.com.  Look up your favorite brew.  Read a few reviews, especially by people whose taste seems similar to yours (i.e., all in your mouth).  Ignore the ratings if you must.

Just do something besides split stalks. You people could drive a man to drink.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

That's just wrong, alQ. 

The blond guy is brewing some saskatoon berry mead.  I'm skeptical.  I like the plain stuff best, but we've got some with orange and ginger mead nearly ready to test that he's convinced I will love.  Me, I'm not so sure.

al-Qa'bong

Catchfire wrote:

McAuslan Oatmeal stout is a world beater. Absolutely brilliant. Maybe the best stout I've ever had.

I'm halfway into making a batch of blackberry wheat beer now. I have no idea how it will turn out.

 

I checked at the LB and found the oatmeal stout I tried was St. Ambroise.

 

Did I mention the "Saskaberry" beer I tried a few weeks ago?  It's vile stuff - supposedly a combination of beer and saskatoons.  I'd say it is mostly water, alcohol, and chemical additives.