This particular set come from a handy little pamphlet published by the Canadian Department of Inland Revenue’s Laboratory. Who says the taxman is no use for anything?
I‘ve billed this as Canadian Ales, but there are a couple of exceptions. Namely the Pilsener that for some inexplicable reason is included with the Ales. And McEwan and Bass, which are British imports. It’s handy having the latter two, as it gives some sort of context for the Canadian beers.
You’ll note that the Canadian examples are generally weaker than the British ones. Though the imports were both top-class beers. Overall, the average of 1050º for Canadian Pale Ales looks low compared to British beers of the period, which you would expect to be around 1055º.
What does surprise me is the high degree of attenuation amongst the Canadian samples. Though this could be because these are finished, bottled beers. Whereas I usually taken the FG of British beers form brewing records, which gives the racking gravity rather than the true final gravity. As many British Pale Ales were still genuine Stock Ales with a long secondary fermentation, the final gravity would have been a good few points lower.
I was also interested to see just how alcoholic the Ginger Beer and Root Beer is. As strong as a lot of 1920’s British Mild Ale.
No long dissertation this time. I’ll just leave you with the table.
|Canadian Ale in 1909|
|Dolan Bros.||St. Johns, NB||Stone Ginger Beer||Ginger Beer||1028.7||1.34|
|S.H. McKee & Sons||St. Johns, NB||Stone Ginger Beer||Ginger Beer||1010.7||2.93|
|Simeon Jones||St. Johns, NB||Red Ball India Pale Ale||IPA||1050.6||1007||6.02||86.17%|
|McEwan||Edinburgh||India Pale Ale||IPA||1060.1||1004.7||7.61||92.18%|
|T.B. Renaud & Co.||Quebec||Ale||Pale Ale||1010.6||1000.3||1.65||97.17%|
|John Labatt||London, Ont.||Ale||Pale Ale||1037||1014.1||3.42||61.89%|
|G.E. Amiot||Quebec||Ale||Pale Ale||1047.1||1009.4||5.24||80.04%|
|G.E. Amiot||Quebec||Ale||Pale Ale||1047.3||1009.8||5.24||79.28%|
|John Labatt||London, Ont.||Ale||Pale Ale||1049.4||1010.3||5.31||79.15%|
|Protean & Carignan||Quebec||Ale||Pale Ale||1050.3||1012.2||5.32||75.75%|
|Oland & Son||Halifax, NS||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||1053.4||1008.8||6.24||83.52%|
|Keith||Halifax, NS||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||1055.5||1006.5||6.71||88.29%|
|James Ready||St. Johns, NB||Ready's Pale Ale||Pale Ale||1059.8||1005.1||7.40||91.47%|
|James Ready||Fairville, NS||Ale||Pale Ale||1061.5||1007.1||7.48||88.46%|
|Halifax Breweries||Halifax, NS||Howard's Ale||Pale Ale||1061.7||1006.7||7.57||89.14%|
|Halifax Brewing Co.||Halifax, NS||Ale||Pale Ale||1065.6||1014.1||7.01||78.51%|
|average Pale Ale||1050.1||1008.4||5.77||83.34%|
|Crystal Spring Mineral Waters Co.||Halifax, NS||Ramey's Pilsener Beer||Pilsner||1024.9||1001.4||3.48||94.38%|
|W.B. Daley||St. Johns, NB||Root Beer||Root Beer||997.7||2.72|
|"Ale and lager beer" by McGill, A. (Anthony), 1910, pages 4 - 19.|