CAMPUS AND CULTURE
The great Canadian beer myth
The history of suds
Beer: a friend through joy and sorrow
Every beer has its special moment in time
The history of suds
10,000 to 5,000 B.C. The oldest known record of brewing exists within the Sumerian empire, which was located in the area of Southern Mesopotamia.
1516 the Reinheitsgebot law is passed in Germany which strictly dictates four legal ingredients which can be used in beer: barley, hops, yeast and water. A fifth ingredient mindless stupidity is officially recognized some years later.
1668 Canada's first brewery is established by Jean Talon in New France; one is left to wonder why no religion has ever been created in his sweet, sweet name.
1786 John Molson opens his first brewery in Montreal commercials which exploit Canadian nationalism and feature some guy named Joe don't appear for another 214 years.
1829 Alexander Keith and Son open their first brewery in Nova Scotia. Numerous leprechauns are invited to the opening day bash.
1840 Thomas Carling opens their first brewery in London, Ontario.
1847 The first Labatt brewery opens in London, Ontario. Labatt's is now owned by Belgian conglomerate, Interbrew.
1870 Brewers span from Victoria B.C. to St. Johns Nfld. in Canada to cater to the thirsty public.
1918 The federal Canadian cabinet declares that no intoxicating liquor of any kind can be sold or produced until twelve months after peace is restored (upon the completion of the World War I).
1920's (early) Canadian officials come to their senses and the sweet amber poison returns to its Canuck home.
1920 Prohibition declared in the U.S. with passing of the 18th Amendment.
1933 Prohibition is repealed by newly elected Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Way to go, FDR.
1939 The first Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program developed.
1982 First episode of Cheers aired. Cliff and Norm became permanent fixtures in our lives and on their bar stools
1983 The film Strange Brew, based on the SCTV hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie, starring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, is released in theatres.
1990 First episode of The Simpsons aired and Duff beer sales skyrocket in Kwik-E-Marts across America
1995 The growing number of designer drinks and coolers begin to weaken beer sales.
1999 Joe Canadian makes his first appearance on stage and all those Canadian fallacies are finally resolved.
Today Breweries exist in Canada in every province except P.E.I..