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In Conversation with Peter McAuslan, Founder, McAuslan Brewing

In Conversation with Peter McAuslan, Founder, McAuslan Brewing

You're invited to join us for a beer with Peter McAuslan, founder of McAuslan Brewing and a pioneer in Canada's craft brewing industry. 

Join us in the taproom on Saturday February 25th at 2:30pm for a conversation with Dominion City co-founder Josh McJannett, followed by a Q&A and booksigning. 

$5 tickets include your first Dominion City pour.

About Peter McAuslan

McAuslan Brewing was the result of founder Peter McAuslan’s belief that he could brew a better beer and that Quebec consumers would provide a loyal following for it. The company began operations in January of 1989 on St-Ambroise Street in Montreal’s St-Henri neighbourhood.

Alongside brewmasters, Alan Pugsley, Ellen Bounsall, and a team of people with the skills and temperament to make the venture a success, Peter set about the important task of establishing the brewery’s reputation for distinctive beers while taking a leadership role in building the Canadian craft brewing industry brick-by-brick. 

McAuslan Brewing launched their first beer in February 1989, St-Ambroise Pale Ale; an immediate success with its distinctive hoppy character and clear reddish hue that set it apart from mainstream macro-lager. McAuslan would go on to play a leading role in the growth of Canada's beer industry, introducing iconic beers like St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout; the Griffon brands, Griffon Extra Pale Ale and Griffon Brown Ale, Frontenac and a family of seasonal beers : Apricot Wheat Ale, Raspberry Ale, Spiced Pumpkin Ale and Strong Ale. 

Peter was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018 for his pioneering work in the development of the small brewing industry in Canada, his commitment to the support of the arts and his leadership in establishing the Chair of Canadian Scottish Studies at McGill University.

He is the founder and president of the McAuslan Malting and Distilling Corporation developing and marketing ‘Peter McAuslan’s Spirits’ in Quebec. 

Peter has recently published “Brewing Better Beer, The story of St-Ambroise and the birth of Quebec craft brewing,” copies of which are available for pre-sale here.

Peter and his wife Ellen share their Sutton home with four dogs in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec.