Twenty years ago I was able to get a Canadian beer called Brador. I drank it once in just over the bridge from Buffalo and then was able to get it in New Jersey. Always enjoyed it but asked about it in Canada, once, and nobody knew about it. Does it still exist? Was it actually any good? Any help appreciated.
Brador, the name was a contraction of "Brassée d'Or" ("Brewed Gold" I guess?)- was originally a product of Molson's Montreal, Quebec brewery - like other Canadian breweries, Molson once had breweries in most proviences, due to the percularities of Canadian alcohol laws- and many brands were only made in one brewery. (Molson, in the 70's, marketed well over 100 different labels). Tho' it may have eventually been brewed at other locations as it gained in popularity n the 1980's, when it was also exported to the US (originally in the standard Canadian stubby bottle IIRC- one of the few exports available in that bottle at the time). Labatt even had a similar beer (strong, hoppy malt liquor) called Labatt Extra Stock Malt Liquor that they, too, sent south to the US in the 80's. Both were called "Liqueur de Malt" on the bi-lingual labels- which Dogfish Head later somewhat echoed for their Malt Liquor.
The 200th anniversary material from Molson (1986) shows Brador as one of the 5 beers exported to the US -along with Export Ale, Golden Ale, Canadian & Light. IIRC, "Golden" is now a lager.
As for "12%" alcohol, that's probably myth or mis-remembered (it would have made it far and away one of the stronger beers in the world at the time- along with Hardy's and EKU). Most sources list it at around 6%- so, perhaps folks said it was "12 proof"?
I had an uncle who would bring back a case of Brador for me from Canadian fishing trips. I can't recall off hand but I've read that at one time this malt beverage was brewed and bottled at 12% alcohol. I just returned from Quebec city; no one there had ever heard of it, nor had they at the Montreal airport. It's still listed at http://www.thebeerstore.ca/beers/bran... but that website may be out dated.
Yep, Brador is in every Beer Store here in Oakville (just west of Toronto). Growing up in Montreal, I used to like Brador, but I've realy lost the taste for it.
If you want an amazing beer with a strong alcohol content, you HAVE to try Unibroue's "Fin du Monde." It clocks in at about 8% alcohol but has a very smooth, broad flavour.
I have seen Fin du Monde in the US.
From my limited experience (please correct me if I'm wrong), Brador was pretty good in the context of Canadian beers of 25-30 years ago, but as you say, these days beers like Unibroue's are so much more interesting.
I understand that Sleeman, which bought Unibroue a year or two ago, is on the block. I hope that if they sell, Sleeman's new owners are as hands-off with Unibroue as Sleeman has been.
It's technically a malt liquor. It's made by Molson and, yes, it rings in at 6% ABV. I drank it for a while after it first came out but quickly decided it's primary raison d'être was the alcohol content.
Ontario's Beer Store still lists it.
If they have it, Quebec stores probably do too, though to be honest I haven't bought or even looked at a Molson's product for years (far too many interesting microbrews to be sampled and resampled). Will check the next time I'm in a convenience or grocery store with a good beer selection.
20-25 years ago Brador was rather interesting to me, given the alternatives at the time in the eastern US. IIRC it said malt liquor on the Canadian version of the label, but I expect that was due to the alcohol content. I don't recall it fitting the technical definition of a ML in brewer's terms, which, among other things, would imply extremely low terminal gravity.
i live in detroit and spent nearly every summer weekend between the ages of 19 and 21 in windsor, onterio - a short drive across the bridge or the tunnel from downtown detroit. back in the early drinking days, brador was the beer you you ordered if you wanted to get wasted since it was something like 6% abv. i recall that it had a "strong" taste that did not appeal to my 19 year old palate. i stuck to molson export or labatt 50. nice blast from the past post, though. i had not thought about brador for a long time. unfortunately, i don't know if it still exists.