How many rabbits on a Pilsner label?

For all Molson claims to have maintained the integrity of the Old Style Pilsner label, there's that one nagging question that comes to every drunkard's mind: how many rabbits on a Pilsner label?

You see three at first, then have another beer and see four. Then they change the label, get hate, only to change it back to something similar (but not quite the same) and say they're doing good on us folk, despite quietly killing off another rabbit! Look how those corporate big-wigs taunt us with their "YouTubes":

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Oh well, at least I've tried to document its history the best I could. Lots of good and insighful comment on my original post.

Beer? One needn’t ask twice

Craft Beer Festival

It's known to most who read the newspaper (I mean, who doesn't) that the Galt Museum occasionally holds scotch or beer tasting events. However this time, it's the SAAG who's putting on a Craft Beer Festival on October 19th, the same day as the Japan Film Festival. Oh, the hard choices in life…

Like fine artisinal beer?  Like pizza piled with delicious toppings?  Like supporting SAAG?  If you answered yes to any or all of the above then don't wait to get your tickets for our second annual Craft Beer Festival.  Last year's inaugural event was a sold-out success and tickets for this year won't last long!  Sample a variety of craft beers from distributors such as Wild Rose, 49th Parallel Group, True Craft Importers, Steamwhistle and many more.  With over 40 beers to taste and delicious pizza by the slice, courtesy of Two Guys & A Pizza Place, we promise your taste buds won't be disappointed.  Cheers!

Drink/study up! O’zapft is!

Seeing as the first keg for Oktoberfest has officially been tapped, I thought it prudent for us brew lovers out there to brush up on our beer knowledge. Print out this handy chart out and order one of every kind.

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McGuinty’s, the new pub in town

Last night, my friends and I decided to check out the new Irish pub in Lethbridge, McGuinty’s. It’s located in the old Roadhouse building, which it shares with Pulse nightclub. I question that a little.

The pub is only about a month old, so it smells of fresh paint rather than booze or anything else. Although it seems to be lacking some charm, I think given enough time it will grow into its skin.

The great thing about it is some of the drinks they have on tap – Kilkenny, Harp, Guinnes and Strongbow. Since we went on a Tuesday, it was a dollar off draft. Their menu also sounds really, really good, but a little on the pricey side. I was able to sample a deep-fried dill pickle and some beer-battered onion rings. Tasted great.

McGuinty’s also has a couple dart boards, which I am awful at playing. At least I wasn’t the only one to put a hole in the wall! But after a little coaching by a fellow that was playing next to us, my game improved (slightly). Now I’m not sure if he was drunk or just Irish, but he was a friendly sort and apparently taught folks to play darts. So thanks, whoever you are.

Long story short, the verdict is that I like it. I’m interested in seeing the Lethbridge Fire Dept Piping Band there in a couple of days.

Though, I’m not sure how the club hoppers and pub drunkards will relate, but I’m sure the amount of stabbings will probably stay the same.

McGuinty’s Irish Pub (via Facebook)

A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure

My liver can attest, I’m a connoisseur of beers. Imagine my delight when I discovered that Lethbridge has its own beer festival with over 100 types of domestic and international brews, probably including Old Style Pilsner, one of my dear favourites (among MANY others).

Lethbridge International Beerfest 

Tickets are only $10 in advance, available at The Wine Cavern. I’m so there.

Lethbridge’s International Beerfest

Lethbridge Sausage Party!

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. That’s what I always say.

Last night, Scott (a.k.a. Heavy P) hosted an Oktoberfest party. We sat down to a feast of Oktoberfest sausage, sauerkraut, perogies and my special bacon+onion gnocchi dish, all accompanied by a wide assortment of fine European beers and great Bavarian music! The aroma in the household was very manly, to say the least.

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How could I have missed this?

It seems I needed someone from Saskatchewan to point out that there is a GIANT bottle of Pilsner in The Galt Museum! Saskatchewan, you’re alright…but try and stay in your own province once in a while. I’m just kidding, just stay away from my beer!

Discovery Hall (Thanks, Kim!)

Old Style Pilsner: The Pride of Lethbridge

In Lethbridge, when we’re not mining for coal or wrestling bears, we’re usually drinking an ice-cold Pil. First brewed in Lethbridge in 1926, Old Style Pilsner is a beer that has remained strong in Western Canada since its inception.

Being half Czech, beer has played an important part of my life. In fact, it’s the national drink of the Czech Republic, much like wine is to France. And like wine, there are many varieties from different regions, each with their own recipe. “Pilsener” is a pale lager, developed in the 19th century in the Bohemian city of Plzeƈ.

My earliest memories of Old Style Pilsner are when I was a youngster, drinking a stubby in my crib. Those were the days when soiling your pants was the norm, not the exception. So here’s the story of my favourite beer as I know it.

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