Muskoka Brewing Company is the original (est 1996) and the largest brewery in Muskoka. Just two minutes off highway 11, they’re easy to find when you’re heading to cottage country. Enjoy a charcuterie board and sample from 16 different Muskoka Brewing Company beers in their large taproom. Every month, a trio of employees – one each from finance, marketing and brewing – get together to invent, craft, and name a new beer for their popular Moonlight Kettle Series. muskokabrewery.com

 

 

Lake of Bays Brewing Co.’s Huntsville Brewhouse is the only Muskoka brewery that offers a full-service restaurant, where you can enjoy locally sourced ingredients. This spring they’ll open their third location, the Bracebridge Barrelhouse, which will also offer upscale pub fare and feature their usual lineup of beer as well as wine and cocktails. Take a tour of their microbrewery (free tastings!), one of the few microbreweries in Muskoka. Their taproom opens weekends throughout spring. Keep an eye on their website for 10th anniversary celebration events. 

 

 

Sawdust City Brewing Company, in Gravenhurst, is the only Muskoka brewery with a large outdoor patio and in 2019 they released the most, new beer of all the breweries – a different one every week for the entire year. Their taproom, called The Saloon, seats 100. Two long harvest tables in the centre of the room encourage guests to meet and discuss the beer. There’s no loud sports or cable TV here – it’s all about good conversation and great beer. The Saloon has a stage for live entertainment and the company is currently building an event space for corporate functions and romantic weddings. sawdustcitybrewing.com

 

 

To sample the breweries themselves, book a tour with Muskoka Craft Brewery Tours. They pick you up at your home, cottage or resort in Muskoka – for a lunch or a dinner tour – and chauffeur you through the beautiful Muskoka region on a four-hour brewery hop. For 2020, Muskoka Craft Brewery Tours will operate seasonally, from Saturday, April 4th – Sunday, October 18th. For more information and/or online booking, visit: www.muskokacraftbrewerytours.com

 

With new locations, free tastings, small- batch brews, and the world’s largest beer spa opening this summer, there are plenty of reasons to cheer Muskoka’s brewery scene.

 

Photography by Taylor Nullmeyer 

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