The Canadian brewing industry predates Confederation by more than two hundred years; Canada boasts the oldest continuously operating brewery in North America. Canadian brewers have survived the persecution of the Temperance Movement and Prohibition, the Great Depression, two World Wards, and the challenge of free trade. Today, brewing in Canada is a ten billion dollar business whose one constant is change.
From its colonial past to the microbrewery renaissance, Brewed in Canada is a passionate narrative of individual power, colourful characters, family rivalries, and foreign ownership. Individual stories tell of personal sucess and failure, bankruptcies, takeovers, consolidation, and rationalizatoin. As men of influence, these brewers made significant contributions to their local communities and the country. Beyond the day-to-day operation of their brewing business, some would make their mark in politics, while others built churches and hospitals, and helped establish universities. A committment to communicty service and to brewing excellence continues today.