Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More on visit to Muskoka Brewery. Venture off the beaten path with me as I talk to the brewers & taste the beers of this exciting company.

I drove up to Bracebridge a couple of days ago to visit Muskoka Brewery. One thing that's immediately evident is the laid-back style of the people. Founder Gary McMullen and his team were sitting at a big oak table walking through their business plan. They immediately jumped up and greeted me warmly and offered to taste beer. It was quickly evident that these fine folks are focused, business savvy, fun-loving, and passionate about their products...

The Beers

Muskoka Craft Lager
 A clean and crisp lager. Gold medal winner. Approachable and drinkable.


Cream Ale
 Their first beer, and the flagship product. Brewed with cascade hops. Amber colour, floral notes. Smooth and laid-back in the English pub style.

Dark Ale

  This southern English style brown ale is at the light end of the Porter spectrum. It's a bronze medal winner and has lots of personality.
Mad Tom IPA
 A 6.4 % beer made with dry hops. Born this year! Nice citrus notes but not too bitter, excellent balance of aroma, bitterness and malt body. Silver medal winner.

Harvest Ale
 750 ml. A British style pale ale, 6.4%, dry hopped to allow aromas to come out. Seasonal, so get it now, or wait til next harvest.

Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout
 This 8% beauty is also in a 750 ml bottle. Featuring ingredients from the cranberry marsh nearby and cocoa nibs. It's a very nice dessert beer.

About 1/3 of their beer is sold to restaurants in kegs, 2/3 in bottles and cans to the public.

James Brewer

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