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Certain Suds

Below is a partial list of Molson beer products that maybe you could hold off buying to show your displeasure regarding this unspeakable NHL lockout. Hell, I’ll even go as far as suggesting you stop buying those ten buck beers at the games once they do get going. You’ll be saving money, sending a message, and by not having to pee all the time, you won’t miss any Gomez goals or Markov’s next injury.

Don’t forget, it’s up to the owners to tell Buttman the facts of life, so you hit ‘em where it hurts – in the wallet.

On my blacklist – Coors, Coors Light, Molson Brador, Canadian, Ice, Dry, Ex, Golden, Exel, Kick, Stock Ale, XXX, Black Ice, Old Style Pilsner, Carling Black Label, the various Rickard’s products, and Molson partnered brands in Canada which include Corona, Heineken, Fosters, and Miller Genuine Draft. There’s a lot more too. Just check the labels.

I go to a bar and I order Labatt’s Blue, not Molson Canadian, which are the two usual choices here. It’s my little way of showing my displeasure for the NHL lockout. Plus, I think Labatt’s tastes better.

The following is a brief bio, courtesy of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, of John Molson, founder, of course, of Molson Brewery, which makes the beer that I’m boycotting.

In 1782 John Molson left England and arrived in Montreal, which was, at that time, a small British Colony. He formed a partnership with fellow immigrant British John Lloyd and started a brewery together.

Their first year was a disaster. The beer didn’t sell well. Lloyd wanted to quit so Molson bought him out, which was good timing for Molson. After the American Revolution, thousands of British loyalists moved to Montreal and brought their thirst of beer with them. The 22-year-old Molson made 4000 gallons of beer that year and sold it all. With the profits, he expanded the brewery, and by 1791 Molson Brewery was turning out 30,000 gallons a year.

Molson himself became one Canada’s wealthiest men, investing in steamships, railroads, and banks. But today he’s best known for the beer that still bears his name. It’s one of Canada’s bestselling beers and North America’s oldest brand, with annual sales exceeding $7 billion. (2007 figures).