The History of Muskoka BreweryGary McMullen and Kirk Evans started building their craft beer dream in 1995, opening the doors of the original Muskoka Brewery in June 1996. Today, Muskoka Brewery is owned and operated by Todd Lewin and Bob MacDonald. The duo have transformed a small craft brewery (8,000 sq ft) to a large production facility (40,000 sq ft). Muskoka Brewery President, Todd Lewin describes the company’s growth since he began with the company in 2010, “We’ve been fortunate to achieve some good growth over the past eight years. In terms of beer volume, we’re about six times as big as when I got here and have also ventured into the distilling business. In the same time frame, our team has grown to meet this demand, adding 100 team members to expand our operations and market reach. Since moving from Taylor Road to Muskoka Beach Road, we’ve expanded our production and community space substantially. Whereas the old brewery was too small to allow visitors a closer look beyond the tanks, our new space allows an improved education experience as it pertains to brewing operations. Based on the support from both locals and tourists, our taproom and patio have more than doubled in size since 2017. The patio has really enhanced that outdoor Muskoka experience in the warmer months. In 2019, we’re going to be adding an events space to accommodate bigger groups and dial up events like our Venture Fest, Winter Village and Muskoka Hullabaloo. We’ll also be diving into something we’re always getting asked about: food.”
Muskoka Brewery Tour in BracebridgeLocated just outside of downtown Bracebridge, Muskoka Brewery offers free tours that run throughout the year. Tours typically run every hour Monday through Saturday from 12pm to 4pm and from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday. If you’ve got a large group contact the tap room to book your visit in advance. Be sure to check the breweries website for tour times as they change seasonally. Muskoka Brewery offers personal, in-depth craft brewery tours:
- Skip through Muskoka Brewery’s Brewhouse to learn about the brewing process. You’ll learn about how they mill barley and add hops to their craft beer. You may even meet a friendly Brewer at work.
- Visit Muskoka Brewery’s Quality Control Lab, where every beer leaving the production facility is tested for quality and freshness.
- Stroll over to the bottling and canning lines where on packaging days you’ll see state-of-the-art machines in action.
- Finish at the Tap Room to sample fresh Muskoka Brewery beers.
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Muskoka Brewery’s Craft BeersMuskoka Brewery produces some of Ontario’s most popular craft beers. The massive production facility in Bracebridge brews a parade of award winning beers including a Cream Ale, Craft Lager, Indian Session Ale, Session Sour, Indian Pale Ale, Imperial Pale Ale, and Stout. In recent years, Muskoka Brewery launched a distillation program, which produces one of Ontario’s most celebrated dry gins. If you’re keen to sample and find a new favourite in Ontario, pick up Muskoka Brewery’s Survival Pack at your local LCBO or Beer Store. The speciality craft beer pack includes twelve 355mL cans including Muskoka Brewery’s Cream Ale, Craft Lager, Detour, Mad Tom IPA, Shinnicked Stout and Hibernating Grizzly Grisette.
Speciality Beer at Muskoka BreweryMuskoka Brewery offers two unique beer programs beyond their iconic line of craft brews. Brewmaster Curtis Bentley describes Muskoka Brewery’s unique style,” In my time at Muskoka Brewery, our approach to product development and improvement has been more a comprehensive team approach as opposed to relying on one single person or department. We all communicate and contribute ideas about what’s new and popular as well as where our beers fit within the current Ontario craft beer landscape. If I had to choose one beer that we are best known for, it would be Detour. I think Detour has always been an excellent example of an easy-drinking session ale and it continues to be a favourite amongst staff and customers alike. If I had to narrow it down to a style that I like to make most, I would probably have to say hoppy styles. We try to push the envelope and hope our customers do the same as they bring us along in their beer journey. I would like to think the Moonlight Kettle program in particular exemplifies this. It inspires truly unique ideas from every side of the company with unique staff trios joining the brewing process.”
Moonlight Kettle SeriesOne of the first beer programs of its kind in Canada, the Moonlight Kettle Series allows Brewmaster Bentley to develop new beers. Each month they release a new beer developed by a trio of Muskoka Brewery staff. The brewery pairs one of its expert brewers with two employees from any department within the company. Together they choose a unique beer style and name. Brewed exclusively by each brew team, these never-before-released creations are only available at the Muskoka Brewery taproom in Bracebridge. You can also order a 4 pack of each month’s Moonlight brew delivered to your door.
Community Venture CollectionOne dollar from every bottle sold from the Muskoka Brewery Community Venture Collection is donated back to the Venture Fund – a program to support worthy non-profit causes such as the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, Hospice Muskoka, Muskoka Conservancy and Lake Ontario Waterkeepers. Muskoka Brewery has released two do-good bottles thus far: American Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels and a Brut IPA. Upcoming collabs in the collection will feature Vancouver Island Brewing, Quidi Vidi and Wild Rose.
Muskoka Brewery’s Seasonal BrewsThe brewery also produces popular seasonal craft beers. In July and August enjoy Cool as Cuke and Summerweiss Tropical Wheat, Harvest Ale in the Fall and Shinnnicked Stout when it snows.
Muskoka Brewery Cream Ale
- Muskoka Brewery’s flagship beer was first brewed in 1996.
- Muskoka Brewery’s Cream Ale is considered the signature beer for cottagers and campers in Muskoka.
- Bright amber in colour with aromas of baked apple, orange zest and caramel.
- English Pale Ale at 5% ABV and 20 IBU
- Malts: 2 Row Pale Malt, Crystal 40, Toasted What Flakes
- Hops: Summit Cascade, Amarillo
- Won Silver at the World Beer Championships and Gold at the Ontario Brewing Awards.
- Food Pairing Suggestions: roast chicken, grilled salmon, Montreal smoked meat
Muskoka Brewery Craft Lager
- Muskoka Brewery’s all-malt craft lager is perfect for those looking for an easy-drinking option.
- Haze and sediment in the brew is a result of a pure and unfiltered brewing process.
- Muskoka Brewery’s Craft Lager pours a bright gold and offers earthy aromas.
- Lager style beer at 4.8% ABV and 13 IBU.
- Malts: 2 Row Pale Malt and Crystal 40.
- Hops: Magnum and US Saaz.
- Won Silver at the World Beer Championships
- Food Pairing Suggestions: summer salads and grilled chicken
Muskoka Brewery Detour
- Muskoka Brewery’s Detour was one of Ontario’s first ISA.
- Muskoka Brewery Detour pours a bright gold and offers tropical aromas such as pineapple and guava.
- India Session Ale at 4.3% ABV and 30 IBU.
- Malts: Marris Otter, Dextra Pils, 2 Row Malt.
- Hops: El Dorado, Citra, Sorachi Ace.
- Won Silver at the World Beer Championships and Best New Product Launch at ELSIE
- Food Pairing Suggestions: Thai mango chicken, sesame salad, shrimp cocktail
Muskoka Brewery Ebb & Flow
- Muskoka Brewery’s Ebb & Flow is an easy-drinking quencher with a light-bodied finish.
- It’s the perfect low alcohol beer to enjoy during a work lunch, or night out with friends when you’ve got an early morning.
- Ebb & Flow pours a pale straw colour and offers aromas bursting with grapefruit, lime and tropical fruit.
- Session Sour at 2.4% ABV and 5 IBU.
- Malts: 2 Row Pale, Wheat, Dextrapils
- Hops: Citra and Mosaic
- Food Pairing Suggestions: salt and pepper dry rub wings, fish and chips, mixed green salad
Muskoka Brewery Mad Tom IPA
- Muskoka Brewery’s Mad Tom IPA is the perfect beer for hop heads.
- Inspired by late night stories around the cottage camp fire, Mad Tom IPA was one of Ontario’s original India Pale Ales.
- Mad Tom IPA pours a burnt orange colour and offers aromas of grapefruit, orange, and pine.
- Indian Pale Ale at 6.4% ABV and 64 IBU.
- Malts: Crystal 15, Crystal 40, Marris Otter, Dextra Pils, 2 Row Pale Malt
- Hops: Chinook and Centennial
- Won Gold at the World Beer Championships
- Food Pairing Suggestions: spicy dishes, bold aged cheese, smoked fish
Muskoka Brewery Twice As Mad
- Muskoka Brewery’s Twice As Mad is an aggressively twice dry-hopped Imperial Pale Ale.
- Twice As Mad pours a burnt orange colour and offers aromas of grapefruit, orange and pine.
- Imperial Pale Ale at 8.5% ABV and 71 IBU.
- Malts: Marris Otter, 2 Row Pale Malt
- Hops: Millenium Chinook, Columbus, Cascade
- Won Silver at the World Beer Championships and Ontario Brewing Awards as well as Bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
- Food Pairing Suggestions: grilled meat, pulled pork, Indian cuisine
Muskoka Brewery Shinnicked Stout
- Muskoka Brewery’s Shinnicked Stout is a rich and velvety beer infused with Muskoka Roastery’s Signature Lumberjack coffee.
- Shinnicked Stout pours a dark brown with aromas of roasted malt and coffee.
- Oatmeal Stout at 5.2% ABV and 19 IBU.
- Malts: 2 Row Malt, Munich Malt, Chocolate Malt, Oat Flakes, Toasted Barley Flakes, Crystal 120, Dextra Pils.
- Hops: Magnum and Fuggle.
- Won Silver at Ontario Brewing Awards and Bronze at the World Beer Championships.
- Food Pairing Suggestions: dark chocolate, camembert, smoked ham
Muskoka Brewery GinIn 2015 Muskoka Brewery expanded its beverage offerings after purchasing a still. Since then the brewery’s spirit fans have been tinkering and experimenting to provide a high quality line of gins.
Legendary Oddity Gin
- A small batch distilled gin featuring wild juniper, orris rot, range peel and fresh heather tips.
- In keeping with the breweries roots, the infusion of Sorachi Ace hops offers a fresh citrus aroma.
- This dry gin offers light floral notes and subtle bitterness.
Legendary Oddity Oak Rested Gin
- Aged in oak barrels, offering a refined twist on Muskoka Brewery’s signature dry gin.
- Perfumed vanilla is met with woody spice that compliment classic juniper.
- Works well in a classic Old Fashioned cocktail.
Muskoka Spirits Docker
- A blend of Muskoka Brewery’s Legendary Oddity Gin with the refreshing twist of citrus and cucumber.
- Unique golden hue is a result of all-natural tonic made with real cinchona bark by Porter’s Tonic.
- Perfect tall can to enjoy dockside straight out of the can or splashed over ice with a slice of lime.