Canada’s Sleeman breweries is about to be handed over to foreign interests, but instead of an American or Dutch brewer gobbling up some Golden nectar of Canada, it’s a Japanese brewer that has plans for the Great Thirsty North.
Sapporo brewery of Japan has set about trying to purchase the stock of the Guelph based brewery and take the company to the next level. They have offered up to 400 million dollars for the Ontario suds maker, bringing to an end the process that has seen Sleeman’s out on the market for the last five months.
Sleeman was one of the last of the independent breweries in Canada, one that fought the good fight against the BIG breweries of Molson and Labatt, neither of which now are controlled by Canadian interests.
Whether it’s Bob and Doug McKenzie, or the Molson ranter, Canadians take their beer seriously
Beer is like blood for many Canadians; Sleeman’s soon to be new owners are hoping to give the nation a transfusion.