Surrey’s Central City Brewers & Distillers is launching its Across the Nation Collaboration next week, featuring collabs with breweries from every province and territory (except Nunavut, since there are no craft breweries there).
The Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack (355 mL cans) will be available in liquor stores in most provinces.
Central City is celebrating the release with a party at its Surrey brewery on Saturday, May 24, complete with an outdoor beer garden. B.C. collab partner Moon Under Water Brewery from Victoria will be pouring its Kermode Kiwi Saison.
Admission is free and beer tokens are $1. Off the Grid Tours will be providing free shuttle service between Scott Road SkyTrain Station and the brewery, hourly from 4–9pm.
Here’s the lineup for this year’s collab:
British Columbia: Kermode Kiwi Saison w/ Moon Under Water Brewery
The Kermode, or Spirit Bear, holds great legend in British Columbia indigenous culture. The Kermode Kiwi Saison uses local B.C. fruit as a tribute to this magnificent creature.
Alberta: Badlands Sour Brown Ale w/ Troubled Monk Brewery
The Badlands Sour Brown Ale is truly “Bad to the Bone.” In a good way, of course. Paying tribute to the incredible Dinosaur National Park with a tasty and tart craft brew.
Saskatchewan: Manitou Dunkel, w/ District Brewing Co.
The great spirit Manitou runs deep in Saskatchewan, as does the legacy of the early German settlers whose descendants flocked to the shores of Little Manitou Lake to enjoy a classic German dunkel.
Manitoba: Narcisse Smoked Amber Saison w/ Barn Hammer Brewing Company
Red Sided Garter Snakes slither in Narcisse each spring. The world’s largest accumulation of these snakes happens just north of Winnipeg and this amber saison pays tribute to the annual spectacle.
Ontario: Superior Berliner Weisse w/ Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
You could say that Ontarians have a “Superior”-ity complex but with lakes this big, can you blame them? This brew should live up to Ontario standards with the use of B.C. fruit.
Québec: Eastern Townships Coffee Stout w/ Brasserie Dunham
Heading to the Eastern Townships you may want to stop in for a cup of coffee and a pint. This brew kills two birds with one stone as a classic dry coffee stout.
New Brunswick: Higher Tides Maplebock w/ Grimross Brewing Co.
The great force of the tide at the Bay of Fundy is a Canadian Icon, nearly as iconic as the maple leaf and the tree that lends its nectar to this maple bock.
Nova Scotia: Ocean Playground w/ Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Bronze medal winner at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards! The Nova Scotian coast reveals an ocean playground as far as they eye can see. On the far side of this jungle gym lies Belgium and the source of inspiration for this beer.
Prince Edward Island: Panmure Island Bohemian Pilsner w/ Copper Bottom Brewing
PEI’s Panmure Island has been shaped by time with its iconic beaches and sand dunes. Making a classic pilsner too takes great care and can only reach perfection with time and patience.
Newfoundland: Skerwink Haze Kveik NEIPA w/ Port Rexton Brewing Co.
Explore Canada’s Northeast on the Skerwink Trail. Pick a haze-free day and see for miles from the vista’s Newfoundland has to offer.
Yukon: Top of the World NEIPA w/ Winterlong Brewing Co.
If you head far enough north, eventually all paths lead south. Beyond Yukon’s Top of the World Highway, every direction seems to lead to New England and this juicy IPA.
Northwest Territories: Mackenzie River Kӧlsch w/ NWT Brewing Co.
Take a paddle down Canada’s longest river. After a long day of exploring Canada’s North, Mackenzie would have loved this refreshing and easy drinking kolsch.