12 BEERS OF CHRISTMAS: A tallboy of Old Style Pilsner

For the first beer of Christmas, my Trudeau gave to me…

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…a tallboy of Old Style Pilsner!

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Dude, this down-home, pride-of-Saskatchewan swill has been a Western Canadian classic even before Terry and Deaner first shotgunned it in FUBAR or a young Scott Speedman sung its praises in Kitchen Party. Rumour has it that if you go to a Riders game, and you’re not wearing a box of Pilsner as a cowboy hat, they’ll push you into a snowbank, or something even worse…

For a while, this was the cheap ‘n shitty beer I used to chug back home in Calgary (along with glacier-fresh-tasting Kokanee), but when I moved to Toronto, you couldn’t find it anywhere, bro! That all changed in 2013, though, and I’ve been slammin’ ’em down ever since!

READ MORE: I can still remember my first Old Style Pilsner in Ontario…

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10 BEERS I’D DRINK BEFORE MOLSON CANADIAN

Now, it may be the only beer with a big maple leaf on it, but I’m not a really big drinker of Molson Canadian. The only three times I order Canadian are during the Olympics, the World Juniors and when I’m in Quebec, just to fuck with people. (You can’t actually buy Molson Canadian in Quebec.)

Believe it or not, there was actually a time when you’d find a lot of “Molson-only” bars in this city, about 5-6 years ago. But that all changed when craft beer started taking over–so, in honour of Toronto Beer Week, I’m counting down 10 beers I’d chug back before asking a bar for a Molson Canadian.

10. Coors Light

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That’s right, I’ve even chug back The Breakfast of Glen Benton before drinking a Molson Canadian.

9. Canuck Pale Ale

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This Great Lakes IPA is even more bitter than Vancouver fans after the Canucks choked away the Cup in 2011 and they set the town on fire. Poor, poor Canucks fans…

8. Thornbury Pickup Truck Pilsner

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This Canadian craft beer is so country that Dallas Smith, the former frontman of Default who’s now a country singer, should probably have someone write him a song about it. (He’s also from Vancouver, BTW.)

7. Old Style Pilsner

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Now that you can buy Pilsner in Ontario, I would shotgun 17 of these before I drank a drop of Molson Canadian. It’s officially my new shitty concert beer of choice.

6. Gopher Beer

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This Big Rock beer was so popular that they don’t even brew it anymore. But I would still go back in time and drink it over Molson Canadian.

5. Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

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This one-off bacon brew was so gimmicky, it came in a pink bottle. But it actually tasted pretty good, unlike Molson Canadian.

4. Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA

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Not only does it have a bitchin’ lumberjack jacket on the can, but this red IPA also contains 6.3 per cent alcohol. What’s Molson Canadian, like, 3.6%?

3. Brooklyn Pilsner

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This bottle of beer is 30 seconds away from exploding all over my face…and I’d still drink it before Molson Canadian.

2. Molson Dry

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This is what they drink instead of Molson Canadian in Quebec. And it’s still better than Molson Canadian.

1. Steamwhistle

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This is my favourite Toronto beer. I would drink it over anything else on this list…

…including Molson Canadian.

I can still remember my first Old Style Pilsner in Ontario…

(Originally written July 5, 2013)

 

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Old Style Pilsner, aka Vitamin P, aka the Saskatoon Sombrero, has been available in Ontario for a couple months now, after being introduced at The Beer Store with little fanfare.  At least I never heard any fanfare about it–but then again, I’m not from Saskatchewan.

Of course, they don’t carry it at every Beer Store.  My regular spot didn’t have any, so I had to make the trek to Gerrard and that street east of Sherbourne.  But hey, it gave me the opportunity to return some empties, too.

Alas, with six tallboys setting you back $11.25 (if you don’t return any empties), it’s not exactly a budget beer out here.  But with the Stamps and Riders kicking off right about now, I knew I had to drink the Lifeblood of Regina while Calgary runs roughshod over the Roughies.  That being said, I haven’t had this stuff in about eight years, so I don’t even remember what it tastes like.  I hope it’s better than Lakeport…

UPDATE: Calgary somehow managed to lose that game, 36-21. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Pilsner is better than Lakeport.