Back to Beer…and Hockey

Diving into Helen Antoniou’s Back to Beer…and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson is like savoring a perfectly crafted brew – rich, layered, and undeniably Canadian. Antoniou skillfully weaves the narrative of Eric Molson, a name synonymous with both Molson Coors Brewing Company and the Montreal Canadiens, creating a captivating biography that transcends the realms of business and sports.

The book kicks off by delving into the Molson family’s brewing legacy, tracing its roots back to 1786. Antoniou paints a vivid picture of Eric Molson’s journey, from his early years within the family business to the pivotal moments that shaped him into the influential figure he is today. The narrative isn’t just about corporate success; it’s a deeply personal account, providing readers with a glimpse into the man behind the iconic brand.

As the pages turn, readers are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the beer industry’s evolution, witnessing Molson’s strategic decisions and challenges. Antoniou doesn’t shy away from addressing the hurdles Molson faced, offering a balanced view of the triumphs and tribulations that come with managing a business empire.

The hockey aficionados among us will find a special treat in the chapters dedicated to Molson’s involvement with the Montreal Canadiens. Antoniou expertly captures the fervor of the sport and its profound impact on Canadian identity. The synergy between Molson’s passion for hockey and his role in a leading brewing company is explored, revealing the intricate dance between business acumen and love for the game.

Back to Beer…and Hockey is not just a biography; it’s a celebration of Canadian culture, entrepreneurship, and the indomitable spirit that defines Eric Molson. Helen Antoniou’s meticulous research and engaging prose make this a must-read for anyone intrigued by the intersection of business and sports, offering a refreshing narrative that goes down as smoothly as a cold Molson beer on a hot summer day.

Since we’re talking about beer and the Montreal Canadiens, we wanted to share a Ham Braised in Maple Beer dish in our Recipe section. This was provided to us in the Made In Quebec cookbook that we featured last year – Ham, beer, maple syrup and Quebec – all icons of Canadiana just in time to plan your Easter dinner menu.

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