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The Craic Irish Red Ale

Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Brewer’s Yeast

One of the biggest events in small-town Hudson is our annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, organized by the Soulanges Irish Society. Fewer than 6,000 people live in Hudson, yet past parades have drawn more than 15,000 spectators to gather on Main Road to see the pipers, Irish dancers, and floats. 

The Craic Irish Red Ale is a celebration of good times like these — and proceeds from the sale of this beer will benefit the Soulanges Irish Society to help keep the fun going! 

The Craic Irish Red Ale is a malty, deep red beer fermented on French oak staves to enhance aroma. It is assertive in taste, yet balanced by bright flavours of caramel and toffee, followed by a subtle toasty note. This beer is clear, with a foamy off-white head. 

Irish Red Ale is a pale ale brewed with kilned malts and roasted barley, which is what gives the beer its distinctive colour. This style dates back to the early 1700s, and was first brewed in the town of Kilkenny.

Pair it with traditional Irish fare such as a hearty beef stew or shepherd’s pie, roasted vegetables, mild cheddars, or with nutty and slightly sweet desserts like pecan cookies or caramel cheesecake.

Where to buy

The Craic is a special seasonal release available while supplies last at select retailers in Quebec and at Microbrasserie Cardinal.

What people are saying

“An Irish Red Ale with depth. That’s what I discovered when I cracked The Craic. A blend of malty caramel sweetness, a mildly bitter oaky flavour and toast on the back end. Rare to find a Red with this kind of balance.”

Steve Larouche – Untappd

“Excellent Irish Ale!”

Dave Munro – Untappd

“Good beer with oak barrel taste

Bastien Chentrier – Untappd

“Highly recommended.”

Bernie Caron – Untappd

Place an order

Microbrasserie Cardinal distributes beer throughout Quebec in cans and kegs. To see a list of retailers carrying specific beers, please visit Pivohub Explore and select the 'locate' button under the product listing.

If you are interested in placing an order, please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you within 3 business days. Commercial customers can also order from us via Pivohub.



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466 rue Main, Hudson
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