There was sad beer news this week that Moralité, Quebec brewer Dieu Du Ciel’s flagship IPA, will no longer be imported into Alberta.
The Daily Beer is particularly fond of this drop, which is known as one of the finest IPAs in Canada, and will be sad to see it go from our shelves. It was expensive (about $20 for a six-pack of bottles) but worth every cent, especially when super fresh.
It follows an announcement by Ontario-based Muskoka Brewery last month that it is pulling out of Western Canada. The pull out is due to “the Alberta government’s decision to increase the tax rate for craft brewers outside of the New West Partnership”. The brewery went on to say that the tax increase has created unacceptable conditions for all craft brewers that operate outside of our neck of the woods.
Lots has quality words have been written about the pros and cons of the Government of Alberta’s new tax rules (see Adam Seguin’s post on the Western Suds blog and Jason Foster’s post on the On Beer blog) so we won’t reignite that argument.
Our big question is – which brewer is next?