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Cannery Brewing Company


Bucky tried his first beer from Penticton, BC's Cannery Brewing Company, picking up a 650 ml bottle of their Squire Scotch Ale ("SSA") from the LCBO. The bottle was marked with an "enjoy before" date of 01/02/13, and SSA was 6.0% alcohol by volume.

According to the company's website, the Cannery Brewing Company was formed in 2000 when Brew Master Terry Schoffer teamed up with Ron and Patt Dyck, who had been operating the Country Squire Restaurant in Naramata for twenty-three years. Cannery's first batch of beer was brewed in the Old Aylmer Fruit and Vegetable Cannery in Penticton on April Fool's Day, 2001.  In the beginning, beer was sold in kegs to local restaurants, pubs and clubs, and later on the brewery began bottling in 650ml amber bottles.

SSA poured a dark amber colour, with an aggressive pour required to produce about 1" of off-white head that lasted for 3-4 minutes. The head faded to a ring of foam and patchy film, leaving some minor spotting down the glass. The beer's aroma was fairly subdued and dominated by sweet caramel malts. Its taste began with a caramel malt sweetness which was followed by a brief butterscotch flavour, with a very mild bitterness in the finish that balanced out the initial sweetness. SSA had a medium carbonation entirely appropriate to the style, with a smooth mouth feel and medium body. Overall, a decent enough beer, but I found the whole experience to be a bit too tame and would describe SSA as a Scotch Ale for North American tastes. I missed those smoky aromas and flavours normally characteristic of Scotch Ales. At $5.80 per 650 ml bottle, SSA is also a bit on the pricey side by the time it gets to Ontario.

Rating 7.05/10

Beer Name Rating
Squire Scotch Ale 7.05








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