Molson Coors Canada recreates 1908 ale from recipe found in company archives

TORONTO – Molson Coors Canada says it’s offering a limited release pale ale brewed from a 108-year-old recipe found deep in the company’s archives.

Molson Coors says John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale was created to celebrate its 230 years of brewing in Canada.

The company says its brewmasters “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.

During the brewing process, the density and temperature measurements had to be recorded every few hours to ensure consistency.

As an unfiltered beer, each batch of the 1908 brew has its own unique qualities and the company says it can be enjoyed cold, or even at warmer temperatures.

The recipe is one of the many historic documents found in approximately 400 cartons of Molson archives.

“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,” said brewmaster Keith Armstrong.

“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 1700s,” Armstrong said.