Moosehead Cracked Canoe Beer

canoe beerI discovered this beer last week while making my monthly shopping for beer I haven’t tried before, and the main reason why I bought it was because it came with a free umbrella. Yeah. An Umbrella.

Moosehead Cracked Canoe Beer is a “premium” beer, meaning it’s expensive, although I didn’t think it was too much so.

My review: it’s OK. A light lager that hits the spot on a hot day.

I found a YouTube review of it, which appears to be shot in a bathroom:

Moosehead is a well known company in Atlantic Canada, famous for their beer of the same name.

(I’m not linking to the Moosehead corporate website because it’s all annoying Flash.)

R.I.P. Extra Old Stock

I just heard that Molson has stopped making Extra Old Stock beer. It used to be a favourite of under-age drinkers in Newfoundland because of it’s slightly higher alcohol content (6%). But not any more. Molson had to kill it because it’s no longer profitable. This will be a sad day for many Newfoundlanders. I know how attached some people are to their beer. Whatever remaining stock is likely to be sold out before the end of the month, so get it while you can. The Molson brewery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was the last place in Canada to brew Extra Old Stock.

Water, Malted barley, Hops, Yeast, And Betaglucanase

girl drinking big ole mug of beerWhat exactly is in your beer?:

Fancy a refreshing pint of betaglucanase? Or maybe a thirst-quenching glass of propylene glycol alginate? These chemicals do not sound remotely appealing. But if you have ever had a pint of cheap lager or ale, it is likely that you have sampled both of them.

I don’t understand why alcoholic beverages are exempt from listing their ingredients, although it would damper my enthusiasm to see caramel listed in my scotch (it’s used for colour, I read).

Germans, however, are purists:

Ever since the German Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot of 1516, beers in Germany can only legally be produced using the core ingredients of water, hops, yeast and malted barley or wheat. Forget chemicals; German brewers are not even allowed to add sugar or lesser grains such as maize or rice.


Beer Countdown

beer clock firefox extensionBeer o’clock – The Firefox extension:

Here’s how it works – set your office beer oclock time and choose the frequency of notification – for example, every 2 hours. A small beer icon appears in the status bar of your browser. Every 2 hours a message is displayed next to the icon with the message “34 hours, 30 minutes ’till beer o’clock”. Splendid.

Finally, a useful Firefox extension.