Long time, no post; because we’ve been working on something big! Our Dray Horse Ale is second in our lineup of “Historic Beers of Canada” – twelve distinct beers that represent each consecutive decade of Canadian and brewing history.
Dray Horse Ale represents the era of canal building from 1820 to 1829. During this time many of Canada’s canals were being built. The Lachine Canal was built between 1821 and 1824. Construction of the first Welland Canal commenced in 1824 and was completed in 1829. The Rideau Canal was first dug in 1826 and was finally completed in 1832. Construction of the Desjardin Canal commenced in 1827. The motive power required to pull barges through the recently completed canals of Upper and Lower Canada was provided by large powerful dray horses.
“Dray Horse Ale is a hefty, full bodied brown ale that is very representative of this decade in Canadian history,” said Ed Koren, Brewmaster at Black Creek Pioneer Village. “Dray Horse uses 100 per cent Ontario grown hops and malt to produce a rich and robust ale. At 5% alcohol this flavourful ale is perfectly suited to the Fall and Winter Season.”