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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale Coming To An LCBO Near You...soon

This news has been percolating for a while now, but it seems it's closer to reality today...

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Etobicoke, ON has stated that their Crazy Canuck Pale Ale will soon be available at the LCBO in 473ml cans; near the end of the month.

To quote them:
"We are pleased to announce that our Crazy Canuck Pale Ale will be available in 473ml cans later this month at the LCBO as well as our retail store. Soon you'll be able to enjoy this amazingly refreshing aromatic pale ale all year round! It is currently available in 650ml Project X bottles in our retail store as well as on tap throughout the GTA."
Launched last year for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Crazy Canuck Pale Ale appeared on LCBO store shelves as a seasonal release but not before removing the "Crazy" in the name to accomodate the LCBO's Social Responsibility mandate.

So how is the current name acceptable? Well the brewery removed the ski's that once graced the label and replaced them with a Loon and voila! All good. The name "Crazy" and "ski's" didn't work out to well.... I know, I know.

The Crazy Canuck was first developed for a Great Lakes Project X night and went through some diacetyl issues in the beginning that Ontario craft beer drinkers quickly noticed. The brewery did a great job sticking with the brand and worked hard to remove the kinks, which they did, and they ended up going on to win a gold medal at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards and a People's Choice award at the Ontario Brewing Awards.

Once released, the Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale will be available as a general listing at the LCBO.


sstackho said...

Last year there were rumblings of the Miami Weiss being canned. Is that idea still alive? Me want.

Troy Burtch said...

sstacko - yes, the Miami Weisse will be canned this year.

Anonymous said...

Amazing flavour! New favourite beer.

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