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November 24, 2006 14:37 ET

Molson Raises a Glass to Toast Klein, St. Louis

Brewer Celebrates the End-of-an-Era for Two Alberta Icons

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 24, 2006) -

Attention: News Editors, City Editors

Canada's oldest brewer today toasted the St. Louis Hotel and its most famous patron - Premier Ralph Klein - with one of the last pints of Molson Canadian to be poured at the iconic tavern.

"The closure of the St. Louis and the retirement of Premier Klein truly mark the end of an era in Alberta," said Mike Ross, Molson's vice president for Western Canada. "They are both one-of-a-kinds - two Alberta icons that will never be replaced."

The St. Louis Hotel will close its doors in December, having sold more than 20 million glasses of Molson beer over the last 40 years.

Tomorrow, members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta will vote for a new leader and a new premier to replace Klein.

"Molson and the St. Louis were there for the start of Ralph Klein's political career - so it's very special for us to be here today with the premier and friends to toast the many good times and the fond memories," Ross said.

Molson sponsored the hotel's black-tie farewell party for the premier and Colleen Klein. All proceeds from ticket and auction sales were donated to support the Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter Society, one of Mrs. Klein's many charities.

All 400 guests were given commemorative "black tie" t-shirts and enjoyed the St. Louis' famous chicken and chips.

"I have a lot of great memories I will take with me in my retirement, but there's no question the Louis and the people I've met there over the years hold a special place in my heart," said Premier Ralph Klein. "I want to thank the Blitt family for their hospitality, for preserving the great, honest atmosphere of the Louis, and wish them well in future."

As a city-beat TV journalist, Klein often frequented the St. Louis - once a popular lunch spot for city hall employees - to catch a news scoop. It was at the St. Louis that Klein decided to enter politics, with a successful run for mayor in 1980.

About Molson

With roots dating back to 1786 and a time-honoured tradition of brewing quality beers, Molson is proud to be Canada's preferred brewer. The company proudly offers the most popular brands in Canada with an award-winning portfolio of brands, including: Molson Canadian; Coors Light; Pilsner; and Rickard's. Molson also offers Western Canadians a taste of the world's leading global brands through partnerships with Heineken and Miller Genuine Draft.

Molson operates six breweries, including one in Edmonton that is the oldest continuously-used brewery in Western Canada. Molson also invests in communities across Western Canada through sports and entertainment sponsorships. In addition, Molson's charitable programs include the Molson Donations Fund, its employee gift-matching program and MVP, the new Molson Volunteer Program that gives each employee a paid day's leave to volunteer for a community cause.
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