Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oldest craft brewer in Ontario + Canadian company renown for its knock offs = ?


We want to bring you reviews of beers, and information on the Ontario Craft Brewing scene, and bear with me here but this fits. I’ve had a few “discount” beers in my day, but those days are generally long past. I like the cost savings, but don’t like the skimpy flavour (or downright bad flavour) of most discounts.


I rarely turn down a beer when offered by a host, and it was no different recently when I was offered a clear, label-less bottle with only the neck ring for identification. I was intrigued, and thought I’d give it a try before checking out what information I could glean from the minimal labelling. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavour, hint of sweetness, and crispness. (at this point, I have to admit, I was drinking from the bottle, not a glass, and thus missing an important part of the drinking experience). Further investigation led to PC Pilsner. Apparently all their offerings are label-less.

PC makes a beer? (I do vaguely recall Dave Nichol promoting PC beer and he’s been gone since 1993). So with minimal expectations I also tried their Cervesa, and was again pleasantly surprised. Does this beer compare with the Hopslam, or Hardcore IPA, absolutely not, but is it a great alternative to the typical cheapo’s in the fridge on a hot summer day. Yes.



PC beer is brewed by “White Water Brewing Company” no, not that White Water Brewery from N. Ireland, but one from Waterloo, ON, more commonly known as Brick Brewing Co. Brick was born in 1984 and bills itself as the first craft brewer in Ontario. In 1995 Brick Brewery was granted the only license outside of Germany to brew and distribute the legendary Andechs beer. Brick also most recently was presented with four medals at Ontario Brewing Awards and four medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards (2010).


Rather than review each one, we’re just bringing you the information to choose for yourself. These beers are typical PC products, just like their food offerings, a reasonable facsimile of the original. That being said, for what you are paying, it’s a good beer. If you are going to choose a “discount” beer, I’d pick this one, both for the flavor, and because you are supporting Ontario’s largest Canadian-owned and publicly held brewery. I plan on having some in the fridge for those friends you let hang around that still drink Bud.


Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 4.6%
Type of Beer: Lager
PC Cerveza is brewed in small batches. The result is a clean, crisp, refreshing easy drinking lager with no preservatives and no aftertaste. It's perfect with a wedge of lime
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Type of Beer: Lager
PC Dry is naturally aged beer has no preservatives and is brewed with Natural Spring Water, in small batches using a special blend of imported and domestic hops to create a crisp refreshing 5.5% beer.
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 5.0%
Type of Beer: Lager
Cold filtered and noted for its smoothness, PC Genuine Lager is brewed in small batches with Natural Spring Water and select hops delivering a medium body genuine lager, easy to drink and refreshingly enjoyable.
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 5.0%
Type of Beer: Lager
Brewed in small batches and no preservatives, PC Honey Red is brewed with Natural Spring Water and select ingredients to compliment the All Natural Honey which makes for a smooth tasting lager with a slight red hue.
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 4.0%
Type of Beer: Light
Cold filtered PC Light is an easy to drink and refreshing 4% light lager brewed in small batches with Natural Spring Water, malted barley, corn and select hops and no preservatives.
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 4.0%
Type of Beer: Light
With only 2.5 grams of carbohydrates per bottle, PC 2.5 is brewed in small batches with Natural Spring Water to deliver a clean, crisp and all natural easy drinking taste.
Brewer: WHITE WATER BREWERY
Alcohol Content: 5.0%
Type of Beer: Lager
Brewed with Natural Spring Water and no preservatives, PC Pilsner is a well balanced, cold filtered lager featuring choice selected hops, brewed in small batches to reveal a smooth tasting beer known for its rich golden hue.

1 comments:

Been buying PC Honey Red for a few months now. Prefer it over the Lakeport Honey--another "discount" beer--because it does have a hint more honey and a smooth aftertaste that I haven't experienced in other discount beers.

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