McAuslan Brewing is one of Quebec's best known and most successful microbreweries.
It was established in January of 1989, on St-Ambroise Street in Montreal's St-Henri district. The brewery launched its first beer in February 1989. St-Ambroise Pale Ale was an immediate success. Its distinctive hoppy-ness and clear reddish hue set it apart and gained it an instant following. Shortly after, McAuslan Brewing became the first Quebec micro-brewery to offer its product in bottles.
Each McAuslan beer is lovingly nurtured and brewed without compromise from only from the best available ingredients. This care and attention to detail has earned McAuslan a place in the heart of many a beer aficionado worldwide.
Their St Ambroise line of beers are named after St Ambroise Street, the street on which the McAuslan brewery is located.
In their words: "We have a fully automated German manufactured brewhouse that was installed in 2002. We brew in batches that are 70 hl in size - that's the size of our brew kettle. We also use a hop percolator that is rather unique to the industry. It allows us to use flower hops as well as pellet hops to achieve our desired results.
We use a combination of hops including Cascades and Willamette. The malts we use are all Canadian two row malted barley. We also use some toasted wheat in some of our beers. Fermentation takes place in open fermentation tanks.
One of our crown jewels is our bottle filler - it is a Krones filler that double vacuums out the bottles and fills them with CO2 before they are filled. It makes a big difference in the stability of the beers over time as none of our beers are pasteurised."
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