Who Brews Your Beer?

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Jan 25, 2016 1:30 PM
image courtesy of Chris Conway

Black Horse originated in Quebec...

For those who love Black Horse as a "Newfoundland beer," let that sink in for a moment.

Of all the beer brands that have come and gone in the last, say, 100 years, five stand out as icons of Newfoundland and Labrador beers, says Chris Conway, beer enthusiast, brewmaster and creator of NLBeerHistory.com. They are Black Horse, Dominion Ale, India Beer, Blue Star and Jockey Club. Four of them made their start in Newfoundland and Labrador, but have changed breweries in our lifetime. Here's the breakdown:

Dominion Ale: First brewed by Bennett Brewing. In 1962, Bennett was bought by Canadian Breweries Limited (later Carling O'Keefe and now Molson Coors), which already brewed Black Horse in Quebec.

India Beer: First brewed by Newfoundland Brewery, which was later bought by Molson (now Molson Coors).

Blue Star and Jockey Club: Both were beers made by the Bavarian Brewing Company. That brewery was bought by Labatt, which is now part of Belgian-based Anheuser-Busch InBev. - from files by Linda Browne