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For many, the combination of beer and Canada often result in two names: Molson and Labatt. Thankfully for us all, our neighbors to the North also house one of the best craft breweries readily available throughout Ohio, Unibroue.
Pronounced Uni-brew, this often overlooked and under-appreciated brewery is located in Chambly, Quebec, Canada and was founded by Serge Racine and Quebec native André Dion.
Unibroue made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe. Though the brewery officially began in the early ‘90s, it wasn’t until 1994 that the company made its way to the states.
Quite possibly their most well-known beer, La Fin Du Monde, which translates to “End of the World,” is a triple fermented golden ale with complex layers of fruit, spices and caramel. This tripel can be kept in a cool dark place and aged like a fine wine. It is said that an aging of three to five years is most ideal to unleash the perfect smoothness of its flavors, however don’t be afraid to crack this one open the minute you get it.
With over 180 international medals to its name, Unibroue is among the most highly awarded breweries in North America and should be included in your must-seek-out brews for the start of the new year.
Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde, as well as other releases such as Trois Pistoles, Éphémère Blanche De Chambly and Maudite, can be found in both four-packs for $10.99 and 750ml single bottles for $7.99. They can usually be found at Giant Eagle, Acme Fresh Markets, Fisher’s Foods, West Point Market, 101 Bottles of Beer and other fine craft beer establishments throughout Northeast Ohio.
/ Writer Aaron Fowler is a bit of a craft beer geek. Though he may deem himself a bona fide hophead, he never passes up a well-defined stout.