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Molson Ale

rcspott Sep 1, 2009 08:16 PM

I think Molson used to sell a beer that was called Molson Ale and I haven't seen it in years.
Do they still make it and is it sold anywhere in the US?

  1. TroyTempest Sep 2, 2009 10:03 AM

    What was the Brador? My college roomate was from Buffalo, and would talk about going to Canada to get Brador. This would have been in the 70's. Wasn't it a fairly high alcohol content beer?

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    1. re: TroyTempest
      Jim Dorsch Sep 2, 2009 10:49 AM

      Brador was a bit stronger than the regular stuff, but not exceedingly so, probably less than 6% abv. I believe it was all malt. I've had it, but not in the last 25 years.

      1. re: TroyTempest
        JessKidden Sep 2, 2009 10:52 AM

        A "malt liquor" (or, as the label also proclaimed - "liqueur de malt") but, somewhat unusually, brewed with an ale yeast (IIRC)- abv = 6.2%. In the 1970's in the US, that was pretty high alcohol content (tho' a few US malt liquors and ales reached 7% and over).

        They eventually exported it to the US in the then-standard classic Canadian stubby bottles (tho' that changed later in different US markets- I was in NY state just over the border and the bottles were returnables/refillables).

      2. JessKidden Sep 2, 2009 02:50 AM

        Back a few decades, when Molson was the #2 import brand in the US, they exported 2 ales (along with the "Canadian" brand beer) - Golden Ale and Export Ale. At some point, the Golden (blue and white label) morphed into a Lager and the red labeled Export Ale came to be called "Molson Ex". Both still exists in Canada but neither are on the list of imported beers of MillerCoors, tho' I thought the Golden at least is still exported to the US, and both are still on a lot of stores/bars websites, etc.

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        1. re: JessKidden
          LStaff Sep 2, 2009 06:56 AM

          Had a couple of Molson Goldens last week - ice cold and refreshing with none of that lucky beer flavor to get in the way. ;-) Didn't realize the goldon is now a lager and didn't look at the bottle all that long. Molson Golden was our go to import during my formative years in Upstate NY - but I remember a drastic decline in quality around the same time they switched to twist off bottles and became much cheaper to buy in the early 90's.

          1. re: JessKidden
            rcspott Sep 2, 2009 01:11 PM

            Yes that was it Export Ale,long gone in the US I assume, but still availabe in Cananda maybe?

            1. re: rcspott
              JessKidden Sep 2, 2009 01:34 PM

              Yes, still sold in Canada and I wouldn't necessary say "long gone in the US"- since the Molson Golden isn't listed on the MillerCoors site either and it's obviously still available. Not being listed on the website probably only means it has limited distribution (along the Canadian border in the Northeast apparently) and little promotion. It was still being imported in 2008 according to records. Guess the only way to find out is call up your local Coors distributor and ask if they carry it in your region.

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