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Friday Focus on Beer

Do you know your ale from your lager? Do you drink craft beers or do you prefer mainstream brands like Molson Canadian or Budweiser? What are the stories behind the companies that make one of Canada’s favorite beverages? Check out these books from the James A. Gibson Library at Brock University:

  • Brew North: how Canadians made beer & beer made Canada / by Ian Coutts. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2010. Call No: TP 573 C3 C67 2010. This is a well illustrated book and the photos will make you nostalgic for the brands of your youth as well as the old “stubbies”. Learn more at:
  • Brewed in Canada: the untold story of Canada’s 350 year old brewing industry / by Allen Winn Sneath. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2001. Call No: HD 9397 C22 S54 2001. Also available in ebook format. Learn more at:
  • Dethroning the king: the hostile takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon / by Julie Macintosh. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011. Call No: HD 9397 U6 B87 2011.  More about this book.
  • The last Canadian beer: the Moosehead story / by Harvey Sawler. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Pub., 2008. Call No: HD 9397 C24 M67 2008.  More about this book.
  • The search for God and Guinness: a biography of the beer that changed the world / by Stephen Mansfield. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. Call No: HD 9397 I74 G8575 2009. Learn more about this book from the publisher. 

For those of you who are too young to remember stubbies, take a look at any video clip of Bob and Doug Mackenzie (SCTV or Strange Brew) from the early 1980s.

For a more serious take on the end of the ‘stubby’, see the following posting on the CBC Archives site: Selling suds: the beer industry in Canada which features an interview on the demise of the stubby bottle from the CBC radio show As It Happens from 1983.

TGIF, eh!

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