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Cheers! A History Of Beer In Canada

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We like beer in Canada. We really, really like it. And it’s not just a fly-by-night, sordid little affair. We’re in it long term. We spend something like $8 billion a year on beer. From barley growers to label designers, more than 170,000 Canadians owe their fulltime jobs directly or indirectly to beer. The rest of us just do what we can to help.


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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Collins (first published 2009)
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Rodney Gitzel
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fun read. The first 60% or so is history, and is fascinating. The rest is a "tour" of Canada, which had been envious of Montreal. That is until he got to Vancouver and it turns out we're beer nirvana for Canada! :p

The writing is a bit uneven at times, but is so chocked full of pithy comments and one-liners it's hard to not love it.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first half of the book when it was focused on the history, but eventually the book felt off trend and hard to follow. The history was very well written but his personal outlooks of modern brewing industry and his travels were dense and less interesting. Would have rated it higher if the editor had cut a good third of the book out entirely.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book if you are interested in the history of beer in Canada. The second half, where the author goes tasting beers across Canada was a little tedious because it is out of date. Maybe a new edition is in order?
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read it, loved it, want to get his other book. It's not *total* history of brewing, it's more of an overview. But it was still informative and interesting, and it was SO nice to see someone else comment on the fake Keith's tour. I also particularly enjoyed that he went on a cross-country beer mission. I've tried a lot of what he suggests, and was able to add a few more to my list of "need to sample". ...more
Chris Johnson
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
So far it's way more interesting than I thought at first glance. As I work my way towards the end it's becoming a bit of a slog. A bunch of the later chapters could have been cut.
Had to skim through the last few chapters.
The first 2/3's of the book is interesting and entertaining.
Jack Coleman
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Real beer lovers
Recommended to Jack by: My associate at the Beer Store.
Humorous Tromp through the Back allyways of beerdome in Canada.
When I pick up a new word in this case, cenosillicaphobia iam doubly happy.
cenosillicaphobia "the fear of an empty glass".
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty good. Expanded my horizons.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really interesting! Cool to read about hometown pubs (in Victoria) from another point of view.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good book! Good combination of humour and Canadian beer history!
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