The History of Molson Beer
Molson’s Beer is well known worldwide, but especially in Canada where it’s a huge name and also an old historic company but why would I be writing about it . . .
It is in fact the second oldest company in, second only to the legendary Hudson Bay Company and it owes its foundation to . . . a Lincolnshire Man !
The company was founded in Montreal in 1786 by John Molson, seen here, who was born in 1763 in the village of
Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire which surely qualifies him as a Lincolnshire Worthy !
He was only 18 years of age when he left the Golden Shire for a life of adventure abroad and adventure is what he got, rather quicker than he’d hoped for one would imagine.
He booked passage on a ship which got into difficulty and was lost at sea which Molson himself having to be rescued from freezing waters.
Arriving in Canada he returned briefly back to England before eventually hitting upon the idea of brewing beer as the growing number of Britons landing in Canada was creating quite a demand for beer, British tourists were ever the same it seems.
By 1800 he’d become extremely successful and was head of one of the largest businesses in Canada.
He was clearly and ideas man as he also got involved in the building of an early steamship, the building of luxury hotels even a project for a railway to connected the St. Lawrence to the Hudson River.
It would become the first railway in Canada although Molson himself would not live to see the completion of this tremendous project as he died of fever in 1853.
He really was quite a remarkable man, not only a man who created a business empire, which is still extant today, but a man who diversified into the very frontiers not only land wise but also business wise, a man with a vision, a man with real determination and . . . a man from Lincolnshire!
Surely a Lincolnshire Worthy
Hope you’ve enjoyed this brief biography of another remarkable Lincolnshire man.