I was cruising around on Beer Advocate as I do now and again, and I noticed a somewhat new feature in their ‘Top Beers’ section where you can filter by country. I was obviously immediately curious what are considered to be the top beers in Canada, as voted/reviewed by the beeradvocate.com community.
Although I don’t take really take the reviews on Beer Advocate to heart, there is still some very good information to be found on the website, and this list was definitely interesting to see.
Remember that when they say ‘Top Beers”, they just mean the beers that scored highest on average by a group of random people. These people could really range anywhere in expertise from casual beer drinkers, to experienced beer geeks, to certified beer judges.
First on the list is Péché Mortel by Dieu Du Ciel Brewery, which is really not surprising. Dieu Du Ciel has been hailed as Canada’s best beer for a while now. Péché Mortel is an Imperial Stout which is also one of my top Canadian beers for sure.
Obviously this list isn’t in line directly with my personal list (If I actually bothered to have one), but it’s good to know that I am not completely off base, and that one of my top Canadian beers, Trois Pistoles, is number 6 on this list. But Red Racer IPA in the #3 spot is just stupid to me, with Humulus Ludicrous all the way down at number 19. Philips doesn’t even show up until #59. Some beers seem to hold a high spot on the list because they deserve to be, and others might just be because of the hype. One perfect example of this is Westvleteren 12, which is considered #1 in the world. Meanwhile, they can only legally be purchase at the Trappist Abbey in Belgium and are extremely rare and sought after beer. I have no doubt in my mind that it’s a great beer, but there is definitely a level of hype there.
Anyway, although I love American Craft beer, and of course Belgian beer as well – I think it’s good to try to drink local as much as you can, or at least within your country. Not only will the beer be more fresh, but you are supporting a craft brewery that is more than likely struggling, and you are in a sense casting your vote for a better craft beer industry in your area.
I urge anyone to try out these beers, I know for a fact you can get all of the top 10 at some of the higher end liquor stores in Calgary.
You can check out the list HERE.