Great Western Original 16 Canadian Pale Ale Now Available

SASKATOON, SKGreat Western Brewing has released this week Original 16 Canadian Pale Ale, a new beer named in honour of the sixteen founders of the brewery.

Great Western was founded in 1990, when 16 employees of Saskatoon’s recently closed Molson factory purchased the facility and started a new independent brewery. This new beer “celebrates the hard work, pride and determination of the company’s original sixteen founders.”

In a press release, the following description of the beer is provided:

Original 16 is made with 100 per cent two-row prairie barley (widely considered to be the best in the world) and produced via a double-aging process through which the beer is matured for seven days, then chilled to minus 1.5 Celsius and held for a 24 day (minimum) cold-aging period. The beer then undergoes final filtration at this temperature to ensure maximum clarity.

“The result is a perfectly-balanced, exceptionally smooth-tasting Canadian Pale Ale with a delicate citrus hop flavour and fruity aroma,” said Viv Jones, Brewmaster, Great Western Brewing Company. “This pale ale is refreshing and highly drinkable and will leave a sparkle on your tongue.”

Great Western Original 16 was released on March 20th, the date that the first bottle of beer came off the production line in 1990. It will be available in liquor, beer and wine retailers, and in select licensed establishments in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

5 thoughts on “Great Western Original 16 Canadian Pale Ale Now Available

  1. I had this beer at the Co-op Grape Escape and at Beerfest. It is a quality beer with a very nice taste. I hope to see it more liquor stores in Calgary soon as it is very hard to find thus far.

  2. I am not what you call an avid beer drinker. I tasted this beer at the liquor commission in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba where my husband and myself live. Mt husband worked for Labatts for 35 years. I brought a six pack of your beer home after having a sample. It was not available the next time I went and I have ordered a case of 24 from the commission. As stated, I was not an avid beer drinker, but I am now enjoying your beer immensely!!!! Thank you. (original 16)

  3. This probably one of the worst beers I’ve ever had the misfortune of encountering.
    Original 16 presents as nothing more than sour, fizzy water that can guarantee a headache after only two tins.
    It is my understanding that in an ale, the drinker can detect the flavour of hops. In Original 16, there’s no flavour at all.
    This is truly a dreadful offering and no different from any of the swill offered by Molson or Labbatt.
    The only beer that comes in worse than Original 16 is Keystone Light.
    Happily, there are micro breweries such as Paddock Wood that turn out real beer.

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