John H. R. Molson & Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale

To celebrate its 230 years of brewing in Canada, Molson Coors Canada is introducing the John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale, a limited release brewed from a recipe found deep within the company’s archives, available in stores now. Molson Coors Canada Brewmasters have worked tirelessly to authentically recreate the pale ale of 1908, right down to the most minute details, combining diverse malts, heirloom hops and century-old fermentation techniques.


“To try and replicate the flavours and nuances of the early twentieth century recipe, we went deep into the archives to uncover every last detail behind this historic brew,” says Keith Armstrong, Brewmaster at Molson Coors Canada. “We sat down with malsters, barley and hops breeders from across the globe to identify the correct ingredients to mix with Molson’s ancient ale yeast derived from the same primordial strand John Molson used in the 1700’s.” During the brewing process, the density and temperature measurements had to be recorded every few hours to ensure consistency. The recipe is one of the many historic documents found in approximately 400 cartons of Molson archives.


With all that said, it seemed like a good night to crack into this bottle and see what it comes out.  This 6.8% unfiltered ale is a beautiful cloudy amber coloured beer with an upfront malty aroma that makes me miss wandering the streets of London. Added to that, there is a pleasant hop finish which almost leaves your mouth feeling refreshed.  I’m certain this is the type of beer many of us wish Molson Coors would continue to make. Heck, they even did a great job with the packaging. As this bottle was sent to me to try out, I’ll need to go pick up a few more before they disappear. Cheers!