Having acquired several other craft breweries in the country, it is Canada’s third largest brewing company with an output of 1.2 million hl. The company dates back to 1834 when John H Sleeman arrived in Ontario from Cornwall. By 1851 he was supplying small 100 barrel batches from his third brewery in Guelph, Ontario – the location chosen for it’s pristine water supply.
In 1933 the brewery closed, having been sold by the family whose liquor licence was revoked and who had to pay fines incurred for bootlegging beer across the US border during the prohibition. John W Sleeman – the great, great grandson of John H – who had run an English pub in Canada and started a company importing world beers reopened the brewery in Guelph in 1988.
A full-bodied lager with a copper colour and distinctive notes of honey – Sleeman’s flagship brew and most requested beer.
Zeus hops are used for bittering and Hallertau Herzbruckker for aroma. Genuine Canadian honey is used in the brewing process.
Sleeman is Canada’s foremost craft brewery with an exceptional pedigree for brewing “Not your Average Beer” and a back story like no other.
A rich copper colour with a creamy, off-white foam head, creating a full-bodied lager with a touch of natural honey and a slightly sweet finish. The distinctive clover honey notes in this fine brew accent the aromas of lightly toasted malt and caramel.
Food pairing: something sweet – BBQ sauce, roast meats, glazed ‘beer nuts’.