Loyal patrons of our LCBO line may have noticed a new brew on the shelf! Representing the decade between 1830 and 1839, Montgomery’s Courage is the third beer in our series of 12 unique beers that represent each decade between 1800 and 1900. This beer commemorates the Rebellion in Upper Canada.
In the 1830s, the seperate colonies of Upper and Lower Canada both revolted against unjust government rule. Economic hardships emboldened rebels whose pursuit of democratic freedoms had long been suppressed. Although both rebellions were defeated, Upper and Lower Canada were unified as a result, and responsible local government was enacted in Canada. In 1837, Toronto’s Montgomery’s Tavern became the base for a rebellious force led by William Lyon Mackenzie. It was quickly defeated. Possibly the rebels courage was due in large part to their consumption of the tavern’s fine ales. In the 1830s, rye based ales like Montgomery’s Courage were in abundance. This amber ale is lightly carbonated and balanced to favour a slightly bitter hopping while delivering peppery, spicy notes with a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples or calvados.
Montgomery’s Courage, LCBO #343137 is a limited edition brew, available only through the LCBO in a traditional short neck 500 ml. bottle beginning in May through late September 2013. Individual bottles retail at $3.95.