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Anyone know of a pub or L.C. that carries this product?

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  1. We've picked some up in Buffalo before but never seen it in Toronto.

    1. Rolling Rock is not available in Canada.

      However, since it's just another bland, generic lager brewed by a major brewing conglomerate (it's been owned by Anheuser-Busch since last year, and by InBev/Labatt for many years before that), distinctive only because it's in a retro-looking bottle, you should be able to find dozens of beers up here that are just as "good".

      Why not drink Steam Whistle? Similar bottle, but much better beer. And it's fresh and local!

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      1. re: gregclow

        Rolling Rock is a excellent light light and far better than Steam Whistle. It may be owned by a big company, but it is an independent brewery with a long history. The only comparable Canadian beer in style and quality is Labatt Classic, if it's still around. Before Interbrew, Labatt owned it directly and it was widely available in Toronto.

        1. re: gregclow

          I'm a Canadian, I've had both beers many, many times. Rolling Rock is better. Infact Rolling Rock is one of my favourite beers of all time and I still cannot figure out why it isn't available in Southern Ontario, or Canada for that matter?

        2. I'm always told Rolling Rock is an American beer to try as well.

          The Monarch where Caplansky's Deli is actually has a Rolling Rock light in the window, but definitely they don't sell it there :(

          1. I know what you mean Rolling Rock is an excellent beer - just watch the movie Deer Hunter and you'll want to slug back a few RRs before the end of the movie. Toronto bars actually sold RR for awhile about ten years ago in an attempt to explore the interest level up here - I guess there wasn't enough sold. I went for a tour of the brewery years ago in Latrobe, Pa. What do the numbers on the backside of the RR label represent?

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            1. re: jkmanosque

              The 33 on the back of the bottle refers to 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed in the US. When you grow up in western PA, that's the kind of beer lore you learn at daddy's knee.

              It's funny - I can all the Rolling Rock I want here in NYC, but the memory of the beer we drank while motorcycle trip through Nova Scotia back in the 80s still lingers: Schooner. Is it still around?

              1. re: Deenso

                i went to school in the states and enjoy a rock when i get to the states. in my opinion rr is not a generic beer, it's better than that...i dont like steam whistle and havent seen a schooner out of the water in a long time...

                1. re: ribboy

                  SInce the brand was sold it is no longer brewed at Latrobe, PA. RR was an ok beer of its type, probably better than a lot of light lagers, but with Anheuser-Bush now making it, it is a totally different beer. It's really just a brand name now rather than a beer of any real distinction. I agree that RR was once not a generic beer. It is one now.

            2. The best U.S, beer I've had from the LC lately is Anchor Steam from San Fran..has some nice hop bitterness.

              1. I've always gone to Buffalo to pick some up. I like RR. Many of my friends make fun of me though. Strangely enough many of my friends agree that it is a good beer. I guess it's either a love it or hate it type thing. <shrug>

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                1. re: Davedigger

                  Rolling Rock is great beer for a cheap price. It's to bad beer in Ontario is so over priced and the beer stores carry a poor selection of beer. The only way your going to see more American and foreign beers in ontario is if they privatize their stores.

                  1. re: Jab05

                    Yes, The Beer Store carries a poor selection of beer, but then again it's not Canadian-owned, so they don't care. If you bothered going to a good LCBO (Queen's Quay, for example) you would see plenty of excellent American beer (Anchor, Southern Tier, Rogue) and thankfully no Rolling Rock, which is shite. The LCBO also carries many good Ontario microbrews that blow RR out of the water.

                2. I am also in the anti Rolling Rock group and agree the Steam Whistle is a much superior Lager.

                  No wonder American beer gets such a bad rap in Canada, the only exposure that the LCBO and Beer Store allow up there is basic, generic American beers which are on par with Molson, Labbatt, etc....(with the exception of Sam Adams which seems to be in most stores) It also explains why everyone in Toronto wants me to bring back beer from Boston when I come back to Toronto for my visits.

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                  1. re: Matt H

                    There are actually a few good US craft beers available on the LCBO's general list - Anchor Steam & Liberty Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Southern Tier IPA and Rogue Dead Guy Ale - and a few others that show up as part of the seasonal beer program at selected locations.

                    But yeah, considering the number of fantastic beers being made south of the border, it's a tiny representation of what's available.

                  2. It's here in some bars in T.O. now, not sure which ones, but will be available at the LCBO in March

                    1. RR is nasty foul tasting stuff. A friend at Ohio State loves this beer (along with Blatz - no kidding) so I've been obliged to choke a few back. Anyway, unless you've tried it and like it (still shaking my head), don't waste a lot of energy procuring this swill.

                      1. Had it last night on tap...http://www.poguemahone.ca/

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                        1. re: vaiguy777

                          And how was it?

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            Not bad, its fairly light........I would not cross town to get it, but would order again if it comes to my hood.. On a side note, the pint glass that it was served in has a green hue through it, that was kind of cool.

                          2. re: vaiguy777

                            On tap at http://www.bishopandbelcher.com/ as well and was kind of shocked to see it there last weekend.

                            Rolling Rock was a low end brand and remeber my dad used to drink it in the summer quite a bit. It's super light and some find it refreshing when it's ice cold but has sort of a harsh after taste as it warms up. For whatever reason, probably smooth marketing, it was embraced by younger folks in the '90s and the price went up to a premium brand. But it was still the same old beer.

                            1. re: abigllama

                              Betty's on Queen East had Rolling Rock as a beer of the month along with Duggans IPA when I was in there a few backs. Didn't have it but she did mention it as one of the random beers not on the regular menu

                          3. Betty's on Queen East had Rolling Rock as a beer of the month along with Duggans IPA when I was in there a few weeks back. Didn't have it but she did mention it as one of the random beers not on the regular menu

                            1. You can now drink Rolling Rock beer at Pogue Mahone, in Toronto, near College Park. Prefer it to Steam Whistle, less of an after taste.

                              1. They just got it on tap at the Bier Markt in the Esplanade as of last week

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                                1. re: Sambot

                                  Go to Buffalo you can get a 30 pack of Rolling Rock for about 17 bucks. I like NY state, the stores down there don't hate microbreweries like the Beer Stores in Ontario do

                                  1. re: Jab05

                                    While it's true that it's much easier to buy microbrewed beer in NY (or beer in general, given that it's available in groceries, corner stores, and various specialty shops), I'm not sure what that has to do with Rolling Rock, given that it's not made by a microbrewery.

                                    The brand is owned and brewed by AB-Inbev, the largest multinational brewing conglomerate in the world.

                                2. Earl's downtown Toronto on King also has it on tap

                                  1. Isn't there High fructose corn syrup in Rolling Rock?

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                                    1. re: duckdown

                                      now THAT's funny.

                                      1. re: The Professor

                                        I don't think duckdown was joking. And given who owns and makes the beer, it could very well be the case. Many macrobrewed beers use various extracts, concentrates and adjuncts, including corn and related products.

                                        Why do you think the large Canadian brewers were so scared of the new food allergen legislation that they managed to get an exemption from?

                                    2. King Henry VIII on Bloor west of Royal York pours a nice pint.

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                                      Henry VIII
                                      3078 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C8, CA

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                                      1. re: chasnik

                                        I'm with Greg Clow on this... Rolling Rock is IMHO a truly unremarkable beer.

                                        1. re: Non Doctor

                                          And I'm with both of you. But mediocrity is what seems to sell to the general public.

                                      2. Murphy's Law at Kingston Rd and Queen is serving RR Beer--they have a promo right now.

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                                        Murphy's Law
                                        1702 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                                        1. I understand that the Liberty Bistro has started carrying Rolling Rock. I haven't been, so I can't confirm it personally (their site doesn't help), but a quick phone call or email could probably confirm this.

                                          http://www.libertybistro.ca/

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                                          Liberty Bistro
                                          25 Liberty St, Toronto, ON M6K1A6, CA

                                          1. Anyone know if there is any place north of the city (York Region) that's got it on tap??

                                            DT

                                            1. The House on Parliament has it on tap! http://www.houseonparliament.com

                                              1. Here in the south eastern US (North Carolina - SW Florida) and Drooling Rock (sorry) draft is available at many establishments. In the spirit of good CH investigation, after hours in the hot 80+F sun (sorry again), more than a few RRs have been sampled and I still don't "see" the allure.

                                                Can someone explain the attraction to this beverage.

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                                                1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                  I find it okay but nothing special. I really like Yuengling.

                                                  DT

                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                    Yuengling is now widely available on tap all the way to the south...

                                                    1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                      I know. They have it at my favourite rib joint in Huntsville.

                                                      DT

                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                        Gibson's ?

                                                        1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                          Dreamland.

                                                          DT

                                                2. I picked up 6 tallboys of Rolling Rock in New Hampshire last summer for $3.99. It was the absolute cheapest option at the gas station I stopped at. It's a typical adjunct lager, nothing special about it. It does go down easy though, if your looking to smash a few in short order.

                                                  1. The Lone Star on Front Street in T.O. now has it on tap...was very excited to see that. The server said that he heard it will be available at the LCBO soon - I checked at my local store and they have it in their system but it is not priced yet. The staff member says that means it is a new item and once they have the price set, it will start shipping.

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                                                    Lone Star Cafe
                                                    472 Morden Rd, Oakville, ON L6K3W4, CA

                                                    1. Joeys @ The Shops At Don Mills has it on draft.

                                                      1. Finally had it from a super fresh keg (they're dated) at a local pub (Crown & Lion) here in Brampton tonight. Draught only.

                                                        Proper tap, probably proper pressure, proper pint glasses (the stained dark green ones with the RR logo and everything) and even coasters.

                                                        My thoughts? Wow, incredibly tasteless. Almost like they're purposely TRYING to emulate the Coors Light field.

                                                        Table full of hillbillies in front of me (who despite blabbing my ear off all night, knew NOTHING about the MMA we were watching) were talking about how its so great.

                                                        Extremely carbonated, with no real flavor. That's my verdict.

                                                        Would I buy it again? Maybe, to steal the pint glass ;) Too bad it looks like they were already fading...

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                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                          Had it for free at a business lunch at Earl's on the recommendation of a waitress. Bloody hell! Water, tasted and had the body of water. How can anyone be excited about Rolling Rock? It's no different than Bud, Coors Light or any of that ilk. Moosehead Cracked Canoe (3.5%) has more flavour than that and I don't even care for it.

                                                          1. re: lister

                                                            There was a time when Rolling Rock was a cheap alternative to Bud, Coors, etc. It was a standard at college parties, but that was before they were purchased by InBev and production moved out of Latrobe. The classic painted bottle now says something like, "As A TRIBUTE to the glass line tanks of Latrobe" not "FROM the glass lined tanks of Latrobe." Tried the stuff recently. Indistiguishable from Miller High Life, but at a higher price point.

                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                              Had one on the Danforth. Most expensive water I've bought so far.

                                                              1. re: Herne

                                                                I agree. Just saw the prices at the Beer Store...$51.95 for 24 cans! hahaha...the crap is sold across the border for 14.99 for a 30 pack..

                                                              2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                You learned me on the price hike issue. It was always a cheapie beer until sometime in the mid 90s which must of been when it changed hands. I had a pint at Casino Niagara last weekend, had not had it in probably 15 years. It did not bring back any positive nostalga. Did remind me of cheap beer like Miller High Life but paid a premium price.

                                                          2. Totally agree about it being a very bland beer, but better than the gas station options of Bud/Busch/Miller etc in the States.

                                                            O&B cafe grill at yonge/front has it, as does Dakota Tavern.

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                                                            Dakota Tavern
                                                            249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                            1. RR is being imported into Ontario by Labatts. Expect to see moocho hype this summer. It is`or will soon be available in most LCBO and BRI stores. When I lived in Michigan I would buy it often, it was a much better than the Bud/MGD/Coors crap that is forced down your throat over there.
                                                              I do not understand why Labatts would want to compete with themselves, RR is quite like Blue.

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                                                              1. re: tommg

                                                                Well it's the perfect kind of beer for the Canadian palate .. watery and bland. Look at the 10 biggest sellers in Ontario and it seems like RR would fit right in

                                                                Tried it at the Crown & Lion in March and was thoroughly unimpressed, save for the cool looking pint glasses

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                                                                Crown & Lion
                                                                7985 Financial Dr, Brampton, ON L6Y0J8, CA

                                                                1. re: tommg

                                                                  RR is not being marketed for Blue Drinkers

                                                                  1. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                    You are right, it wont be marketed that way but it does compete with it. It is a non-descript easy drinking lager, not that there is anything wrong with that. I suppose if you want the lions share of the non-descript easy drinking lager market (which is huge) you keep pumping them out. The green glass will serve it well. It was all the rage here in Windsor around St. Patricks Day.
                                                                    BTW, RR is brewed in Latrobe PA, the home of Arnold Palmer.
                                                                    All beer has its place, well, maybe not that lime stuff.

                                                                    1. re: tommg

                                                                      I met a couple from Latrobe PA on a cruise a few years ago and they were all impressed I got the connection with Rolling Rock (My personal favourite beer of all time too BTW).

                                                                      They told me since Amhauser bought it they closed the Latrobe factory and only produce limited runs of it from one of their other A-B breweries. Therefore, supply was fairly sporadic and more regionalized (i.e. NE USA and eastern seaboard).

                                                                  2. re: tommg

                                                                    Rolling Rock is one of the best mass-produced North American Beers. OK, so that's faint praise. But its big selling point was always the "pony bottles." Haven't seen those in years.