What is all this crap about how great Canadian beer is... and how crappy American beer?
Nonsense... Yea, the big Milwaukee brew houses put out watery stuff... but that's only for teenagers. The rest of us drink real beer.
First, the myth that Canadian beer has more alcohol. Not:
...Government regulations require that all beer sold in Canada show the alcohol concentration (alcohol concentration by volume) on the label. A standard bottle of beer (341 ml and 5%/vol) contains 17.05 ml of alcohol. Unlike most countries, Canada employs a minimum percentage labeling. In most nations, the labeled alcohol percentage is either the average or maximum percentage allowed. However, as of 1927, most Canadian provinces require the minimum alcohol percentage to be labeled rather than the average. This move was meant to eliminate inaccurate nonalcoholic labeling as well as fraudulent advertisement.
The rationale for standardizing alcohol content (since loosened and disproved) is that consumers would tend to select only high alcohol beers and the breweries would have a war with ever escalating alcohol content. In the USA they solved this by keeping the alcohol content a mystery to the consumer unless they make an extra effort. When alcohol content is shown on American beer, it is often labeled by weight. Since alcohol is lighter than water, this can leave the mistaken impression that American beer has much less alcohol, on average, than Canadian beer. A 3.2% beer in the U.S. (by weight) would be a 4% beer in Canada (by volume).....
As an example of real American beer, I nominate Black Butte Porter (5.2% alcohol U.S. = 6.5% Canadian?). This stuff is the real American Love Potion... after some fresh Black Butte Porter on tap, you won't want to go back to Canadian.
Let's use http://www.ratebeer.com
to compare our favorites. My Black Buttte Porter is rated at: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deschutes- ... rter/2125/
As you can see it has a 92 percentile overall rating.
So, be honest. What Canadian beer do you drink? Let's see how it rates.