It's a funny thing about beer and Canada. Canadians have this relationship to beer that is based entirely around the idea - largely erroneous - that our beer is better. So much so that it becomes a principle of our national existence as this article reminds us:
The poll, broken down into demographic categories, asked 3,114 Canadians coast to coast to coast to list in order of importance the 101 symbols people feel best represent Canada. Not surprisingly, the Maple Leaf was No. 1, hockey No. 2, the flag three. Locally, the answers reflected those findings. However, there were some different findings. "Beer," said Gerry Paris, of Windsor, who was walking downtown wearing a new Maple Leaf flag T-shirt purchased for $6. "I like Canadian beer.... I consider myself patriotic."
Never mind that the three largest national brewers - Labatt, Molson and Sleemans - are now Brazilio-Belgian, American and Japanese respectively or that (as is the case everywhere I suppose) what is most proudly consumed tastes pretty much like every other macro lager on the planet. Doesn't matter. We love our beer and are defined by it in a way that can sometimes seem a bit like an American's association with the work of the founding fathers. But note what Larry is drinking on this maple-esque day of days.
So wherever you are today, like Larry, hoist a macro-lager in honour of our national obsession with macro-lagers and wear some read and white, wouldja?