Welcome to Beerbrew
One of the earliest pictures of people enjoying beer at a social event.  These Mesopotanians (depicted approximately 3500 BC) are drinking through straws to filter out the yeast and sediment left behind in the brew due to the primitive way they used to make beer in those days.  Some modern day equivalents may also taste better if drunk through a straw. 

Not ours, however! 

Drink it cold straight out of the bottle or pour it gently into a cool, clean glass.

Fun Facts*

What is the difference between a beer, ale, lager, stout etc.?
It's actually quite simple.  All beers are either ales or lagers.  Ales are the older and more traditional brews, predating lagers by thousands of years.  Ales usually ferment in warmer temperatures (12 to 21 degrees Celsius), while lagers ferment at between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius.  The cooler fermentation of lagers inhibits the production of fruity aromas (called esters) that are characteristic of ales.  This gives lagers a cleaner, crisper taste.

Ales generally are more robust tasting, are fruity and aromatic, include more bitter beers, have a pronounced, complex taste and aroma and are usually enjoyed warmer (served at 7 to 12 degrees Celsius).  Typical ale styles include Porter, Stout, Brown Ale, Amber Ales and Pale Ales.  Wheat beers are usually categorised as ales.  Our bestseller is the Viking Stout.

Lagers generally are lighter-tasting, tend to be highly carbonated (or crisp), are smooth and mellow, have a subtle, clean, balanced taste and are served cold (3 to 7 degrees Celsius).  Lager styles include Pale Lager (Pilsner), Amber Lager, Bock and Dark Lagers.  Our "lightest" lager is the Canadian Blonde while for more serious connoisseurs, we recommend our richer and heavier Czech Pilsner.
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How important is drinking? 
In terms of survival, drinking is more important than eating, but less important than breathing.  It is right up there!
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What was the first alcoholic beverage ever consumed?
Not an easy question to answer since the people that would really know died thousands of years ago.  Scientists and anthropologists speculate that it could have been one of the following:
  • The liquid created from rotting fruit
  • Stale honey
  • Suppurating dates
  • Damaged cacti
  • Festering palm sap
Whichever one it was, the drink evidently didn't really catch on as early records show the most popular alcoholic drinks that lasted through the centuries were wine and beer.
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Is beer actually good for you?
One of the most famous international beer brands used to claim that its beverage was "good for you"!  In fact, beer has quite a few unique qualities that make it good for you.  We have a whole section dedicated to this subject.  Read more here
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Is drinking alcohol good for you?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (2010), moderate drinking (read: no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men) is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and that moderate alcohol consumption “also is associated with lower risk of all-cause mortality among middle aged and older adults and may help to keep cognitive function intact with age.”  A drink is defined as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5 percent alcohol by volume) or 5 fluid ounces of wine (12 percent alcohol by volume) or 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled alcohol (40 percent alcohol by volume/80 proof).

Higher levels of alcohol intake are risky in terms of raising blood pressure and incidents of stroke, heart disease, and some forms of cancer, as well as being the less direct cause of birth defects, suicide, and accidents.
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I only love really chilled beer!  Why?
Perhaps because you do not really enjoy beer!  The colder the beer, the less carbonation is released; the less carbonation that’s released, the less aroma the beer gives off.  The palate is numbed to the point that it can’t discern many of the beer’s flavour nuances.  Save the really cold temps for lawnmower beer — the kind you chug down after mowing the lawn (taste? who cares?).
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* For more fun facts, see "Beer for Dummies" 2nd edition (published in 2012).
  • We support responsible drinking!  Beer is there to be enjoyed.
  • Alcohol abuse is dangerous to your health.
  • We do not provide beer to persons under the age of 18.
  • Please don't drink and drive.  Enjoy your brew at home!

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