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Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay Paperback – May 27 2014

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (May 27 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626192561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626192560
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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…an excellent introduction to the subject. (Breweryhistory.com)

Grab a bottle of your favourite beer and raise a toast to both of these interesting books. (Canada's History Magazine)

…a history of brewing in the province is a timely theme {and} McLeod and St. John have done a masterful job in telling the story. (Niagara Falls Review)

About the Author

Alan McLeod has been writing about beer for more than a decade. He lives with his family in Kingston, Ontario, where he practices law. Through his work, he has explored the heritage and history of his corner of Ontario. Alan is one of the founders of the Albany Ale Project, a collaboration that explores the roots of Ontario's New York Loyalist traditions through the lens of a beer glass. 

Jordan St. John is Canada's only nationally syndicated beer columnist. He is the author, with Mark Murphy, of How to Make Your Own Brewskis: The Go-to Guide for Craft Brew Enthusiasts. He holds the rank of Certified Cicerone and periodically brews beer with breweries around Ontario. His family has been in Ontario since 1817 and has its own cemetery in Uxbridge. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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I like beer and I like reading books about the history of Toronto and Ontario ... and this book combines the two.

The book covers seven time periods:

1. Exploration and Empires: 1600s - 1775
2. Brewing and the Two Loyalist Wars: 1775 - 1815
3. Upper Canada Becomes Canada West and Expands: 1815 - 1860
4. Victorian Expansion and Industrial Brewing: 1860 - 1900
5. Temperance, Prohibition and Regulation: 1900 - 1927
6. Control, Consolidation and the Rise of National Brewing: 1927 - 1980
7. The Brewery Next Door: 1984 - 2014

Each chapter provides a high level overview about what was going on in the different eras. It was interesting to read about the changes in beer production (flavours and styles) over the years and how tastes have changed but have remained the same. I found the last chapter especially interesting as it talked about what is happening today.

Here are some interesting bits of information ...

After prohibition in the late 1920s, public drinking places reopened. Concessions had to be made to prevent the harassment of the modern women who wished "to seek out new entertainments outside of the home" and separate beverage rooms for women were created. Female servers were subjected to official inquiries about whether they were sources of immorality (male servers weren't). The beer-drinking women who chose to stay at home when drinking faced public disapproval when purchasing alcohol and risked being subject to commentary in the press.

Until 1955, Ontarians had to sign for their beer purchases when buying at the Beer Stores (then the Brewers Retail stores). You could buy up to 10 cases a day and no ID was required.
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I found the discussion of the contextual early history of Ontario to be as fascinating and informative as the discussion of the breweries themselves. This an easy and very enjoyable read with great photos.
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A thorough and enjoyable chronicle of all things beer in Ontario since the first settlers arrived. Great read!
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Jordan does a great job!
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