Because it contained a surprising number of analyses for beer brewed in the USA. 18 of the 77 analyses, to be precise. The booklet lists beer by the district in which they were sold, so I can see incursions of US beer weren’t just limited to border regions: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Colombia. Clearly US beer was a big thing in Canada.
A couple of interesting points. First, there were only two US brewed beers amongst the Ales, both brewed in Washington State. While there were 7 beers from the UK. All IPAs, which is intriguing. The US Lagers mostly come from the Midwest. Specifically, from St. Louis and Milwaukee. Not so much of a shock that, I suppose. That was where the large Lager breweries evolved. There are also a couple of beers from the Pacific Northwest and two from New York, which remained an important brewing centre, for Lager as well as for Ale.
There’s not a huge amount of variation in these beers. The lowest OG is 1044.6º, the highest 1050.6º. There’s rather more difference in attenuation – 57.4% to 81.33%. Though most are around 70%. That might seem low today, but was pretty typical of Lagers back then.
It’s clear that even by this early date Anheuser Busch was a major player. Especially in the form of Budweiser. It appears more often in the booklet than any other beer, including those brewed in Canada. Though, to be fair, Canadian still seems to have been quite regional at this point.
I’m not going to pester with too many words today. Just leave you with some lovely numbers.
|American Lagers in Canada in 1909|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||13.3c||bottle||1048.1||1016.1||4.56||66.53%|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||16.67c||pint||1048.6||1015.6||4.63||67.90%|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||25c||quart||1048.8||1015.1||4.71||69.06%|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||12.5c||pint||1050||1015.5||4.85||69.00%|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||15c||pint||1050.3||1015.3||4.93||69.58%|
|Anheuser Busch||St. Louis||Budweiser||Pilsner||25c||quart||1050.6||1015.3||5.00||69.76%|
|America Brewing Co.||St. Louis||ABC Bohemia||Pilsner||25c||quart||1049||1013||5.08||73.47%|
|Dorfes Brewery||Washington||Lager Beer||Lager||16.67c||quart||1049.2||1011.8||5.16||76.02%|
|Ebling Brewing Co.||New York||Sunlight||Lager||10c||bottle||1046.5||1015.8||4.42||66.02%|
|Everard Brewing Co.||New York||Red Star||Lager||11.67c||pint||1047.1||1016.6||4.34||64.76%|
|Lemps||St. Louis||Lager Beer||Lager||25c||quart||1048.2||1009||5.47||81.33%|
|Seattle Brewing & Malting||Seattle||Lager Beer||Lager||20c||pint||1047.1||1012.5||5.47||73.46%|
|"Ale and lager beer" by McGill, A. (Anthony), 1910, pages 4 - 19.|