[caption id="attachment_4814" align="aligncenter" width="220" caption="What I'll be drinking on Canada Day (courtesy of Innis & Gunn)!"] [/caption] I love Canada Day. It is the one day of the year when I can party for my country. And this is how I like to celebrate: I invite my friends and family over to my place and we have a barbecue and drink beer. When everyone asks me what they can bring, I tell them, “Bring your favourite beer!” And that's when the fun begins. My brother-in-law, David, always brings Molson Canadian. “We make some of the best beer in the world in Canada!” he says. “Why would anyone drink anything else?!” Good point, hard to argue, especially on Canada Day. My friends Annie and Mike always bring beer from their favourite microbrewery. “Big breweries can't even come close to the flavour and character from these brewers,” says Mike, as he takes a swig of a Steam Whistle, which uses only natural water, hops, barley and yeast to make its beer. And they like to support the small breweries, he explains. Tanya and my brother like to bring a beer bucket sampler, a few beers that we like to pass around so everyone can taste them. The bucket usually sports a Guinness, Corona, Heineken, Red Stripe and Stella Artois – his favourite (he's not alone, I've noticed lots of people like Stella). As for my sister Frances and Alain, who live in Quebec, they bring blanche de Chambly, a pale golden beer with a spicy bouquet of orange and lemon, yeast breads, coriander and cloves that's easy to drink. As for me, my contribution will be Innis & Gunn's Limited Edition Canada Day 2011 beer. Yes, it tastes good, but the real reason? They commissioned Canadian artist Deborah Colvin for original artwork on the packaging. First launched three years ago to celebrate Canada Day to thank the brewer's loyal fans here, the special beer has sold out every time. “I wanted the image to truly embody our nation's connection with nature and highlight people of Canada's character of endeavour, team spirit and fun,” says Deborah. With a creative map of Canada, people skating and playing hockey, I think she delivers. What's your favourite beer?