The Iceberg Beer from Newfoundland tastes great! Usually I'm more of a wine drinker. But in Newfoundland I was taught better, because there is a beer that you won't find anywhere else in the world: the Quidi Vidi Brewery's iceberg beer from St. John's Newfoundland. It is so lively and tastes just so refreshingly cool in the summer heat that I drank it with almost every meal on our trip through Newfoundland - with a real treat. I can't say for sure why it was that this beer tasted so good. With its 4,5% alcohol content, it is a light and fresh beer that goes well with the many fish dishes that are served in Newfoundland. It flows gently down the throat and leaves no bitter aftertaste, as is the case with some beers.
The Iceberg Beer of the Quidi Vidi Brewery in St. John's, Newfoundland
Is it because this beer is made from the cleanest water in the world? And that's not a slogan because the water used to make the mash is the oldest that our world has to offer: it comes from the icebergs that drift south along the Newfoundland coast every year. During the spring months, a specialist company does nothing else than drive out to the icebergs off the coast and there, in dangerous work, "harvest" the ice of the cold giants to deliver it to the brewery for beer production. The water that is extracted from it has an extremely low level of pollution - no wonder there were 25.000 to 30.000 years ago when the glaciers formed, from which the icebergs off Greenland erupt, but no pollution yet. If you melt the ice of the ice giants off the coast of Newfoundland, you get the purest water on earth. To ensure that they are really supplied with iceberg water, Quidi Vidi's brewers put every drop of the valuable water through its paces before it is used to make the iceberg beer.
In any case, during our trip through Newfoundland there was hardly any other drink for me than the tasty, light and cool Iceberg Beer. Sometimes fresh from the tap like here in the Quidi Vidi Brewery, which is located on a very attractive bay. For this reason alone, a trip to Quidi Vidi is worthwhile. You can get your beer in the in-house shop or try it in the "Tasting Room". But there is also beer in almost all restaurants - we only came across a restaurant in a remote region that did not have it - and to buy all supermarkets.
The Iceberg Beer is not to be confused, it is only bottled in dark blue glass bottles, which are sold in a six-pack over the counter. It tastes best fresh from the fridge or the cooler.
The Quidi Vidi Brewery produces besides Iceberg Beer a whole range of other beers, of which almost all are brewed according to the German Purity Law. That is, only hops, barley, malt and water are used for beer production. The only exceptions are the soft drinks and mixed drinks made from these beers, such as the cranberry beer. These are a matter of taste, but at least you should try them once.
And with this view of the bay of Quidi Vidi the beer tastes so good again, right?
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
35 Barrows Rd., Quidi Vidi
St. John's, NL
Canada A1A 1G8
Tel. 001 (709) 738-4040
Tips on wine and drinks can be found at Wine tourism - wine regions.
Source: own on-site research courtesy of Tourism St. John's, Tourism Newfoundland and the Canadian Tourism Commission
Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline