To look at me, one would not think I had anything in common with
Al Capone. Yet, a fact I just learned is, at one time, the famous
gangster enjoyed drinking beer from Walkerville
Brewery just as much as I do. At least, that is what
My husband and I
have been appreciating the Classic Amber Lager from Walkerville,
located in Windsor, Ontario for a few years at our local bars and
were delighted when it finally came to the LCBO shelves. Recently,
we decided to take a tour of the brewery to find out more about its
history, as well as take part in the free tastings - which was
probably the real motive all along.
Walkerville Brewery has a history that dates beyond the rum runners
and bootleggers. At the turn of the 20th century it was owned by
Hiram Walker and focused on creating lager. It was shut down in
1952 because of competition with breweries in the United States.
Walkerville Brewery was later revived by a Windsor businesswoman in
1998 and since then has created products that have won awards
across North America. The brewery is also part of the Ontario
Craft Brewers Association which exists to "to promote…fresh,
natural, quality beer."
After taking in the history of the brewery we were able to get to
the tasting - finally! When comparing the samples side by
side it is easy to recognize the various complexities of the
different beers. The Amber Lager is full-bodied, but not too
bitter, while the Superior Light is just as described and would
make a great summer beer. Smooth is a good word to describe the
Premium Blonde, which I believe is my favourite. The shop sells
bottles, kegs and growlers (which hold about two litres of beer and
look like a jug of moonshine). We settled for a six-pack of the
Premium Blonde and set off to enjoy our evening.
Besides drinking, the next best thing to do with beer is use it in
Food Network Canada has some great recipes, but who would know
Walkerville beer better than the brewers themselves? The
Walkerville website provides some delicious dishes for all to
- Beer Mussels
- Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs
- Beer Salmon
- Jumbo Shrimp in Walkerville Beer with Fresh Horseradish
Danielle is a food lover who believes that Windsor, Ontario
makes some of the best pizza in Canada. She blogs at maplesyrupandpoutine.blogspot.com.
Posted: Sat, Dec 01 2007