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The International Writers Magazine: Beer Beats
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Favorite Craft Beers from across Canada
• Jeffrey Straker

I am Jeffery Straker and I love micro-brewed beers & craft beers with intense full flavour. I am lucky enough to have had the luxury of sampling them in almost all the provinces across Canada via touring in support of my music.

I first developed my love of beer while at university in Belfast, Northern Ireland when I realized they all didn’t need to be kind of watered down brews catering to the broadest spectrum of palates possible (although in general my hunch is that British and Irish people like more flavour in their beer than North Americans). Some locally made craft beers can be gutsy and bold.  They can be extremely hoppy, or really bitter.  They can even incorporate local fruit flavours or coffees if they want, and they know they aren’t there to please everyone – which is just fine by me and those who love them.

I’ve been able to pick a favorite or two in many of the provinces in Canada that I have stopped in while on tour and I thought I’d share a few of them with you. If you come across any of them you should give them a try. (Caveat: for all I know, some of these have been discontinued since I tried them! If so, try some other brews by these breweries – they’re all doing good things)

BC: Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver) – Robson St Hefeweizen

Alberta: Wild Rose Brewery (Calgary) – Alberta Crude Oatmeal Stout

Saskatcehwan: Bushwakker Brewpub (Regina) - Palliser Porter

Manitoba: Half Pints Brewing Company (Winnipeg) - Stir Stick Stout

Ontario:  Mill Street Brewery (Toronto) – Mill Street Belgian-Style Wit Beer

Quebec: McAuslan Brewery (Montreal) – St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

New Brunswick: Pumphouse Brewery (Moncton) – Scotch Ale

Nova Scotia: Propeller Brewing Co. (Halifax) – Propeller Porter

PEI: Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. (Charlottetown) – Iron Bridge Brown Ale

Yukon: Yukon Brewking (Whitehorse) – Midnight Sun, Espresso Stout

If you would like to follow more of my beer adventures while on tour or listen to my music you can do so here-

 or follow me on twitter- @jefferystraker.

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