Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black Creek Historic Brewery Takes a Modern Classic Back To Its Roots


Toronto, ON


Craft Brewery Releases Vintage Made ‘Rifleman’s Ration’ Beer to Commemorate 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812


Black Creek Historic Brewery introduces a brand new beer, Rifleman’s Ration Ale, the first of a series of twelve ‘Historic Beers of Canada’ to be released by the brewery. Each of the twelve distinct beers is designed to capture the feel and flavor of a specific era in Canadian history. Rifleman Ration Ale commemorates the years 1810 to 1819, to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.


 “Made from 100% Ontario ingredients, the Rifleman’s Ration is a brown ale with a full natural flavor and a wonderful lemony tang,” says Black Creek Brewmaster, Ed Koren. “This beer is ideal for the BBQ season – it goes great with beef kabobs, bison burgers or steak.”


For die hard history buffs and hailing Brits, a true English ale should be served and consumed at room temperature, however, Rifleman’s Ration beer can be thoroughly enjoyed both warm and chilled – a creature comfort, especially as we approach the warm and stuffy summer months.


The bottle’s label is adorned with the image of a 19th century colonial British line soldier, or ‘Red Coat’, who, as part of his service, would have been issued with an extra paycheck exclusively for the purchasing of beer. British commanders approved of the consuming and purchasing of beer because it helped stimulate the regional economy through the sale of grains and hops by local farmers. Black Creek Historic Brewery has embraced this practical interest in local produce, and sought to recreate this time-honoured beverage to transport people’s imaginations – and taste buds – back through time.


Rifleman’s Ration beer is a seasonal beverage available until August at select LCBOs and at Black Creek Pioneer Village, selling for just $3.95 a bottle (500ml). To find a participating LCBO near you, search the Rifleman Ration product #294272.    


To see the production process and have a tasting of this and other historic beers, come for a tour of Black Creek Historic Brewery, which offers daily tours at 2:00pm. For tour info click here

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