Nothing goes better with summer than beer — except for craft beer.
If you’re looking for some great craft beer, then Muskoka is the place to be with its microbrewery boom. From beautiful brew pubs to small local brewers, Muskoka’s beer scene has something to please newbies and aficionados alike. And even if you're looking for more, just wait a few months because a new brewery and a new beer are inevitably on the way.
Next time you're at the Beer Store or LCBO, try one of these local beers. Better yet, go visit the brewery.
Nestled in Muskoka
Established in 2010 and located in Baysville, Muskoka (near Algonquin Park), you will find one of Ontario's fastest-growing craft breweries. They make a beer to suit nearly every beer-lover's palate. Along with their four-year round beers like Crosswind Pale Ale, they also carry four seasonal beers including Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale.
LCBO carries Rock Cut Lager, Crosswind Pale Ale, and Spark House Red Ale. They note that Spark House Red Ale delivers deep, roasted notes of nut and toffee, a slight hint of smoke, while finishing gently bitter and balanced.
Lake of Bays Brewing Company is the official brewery of the NHL and CFL Alumni Association. They were also listed as one of Canada’s top breweries in the Huffington Post.
VISIT LAKE OF BAYS
2681 Muskoka Rd 117
Sat: 11 AM - 3 PM (or by appointment)
Gateway of Muskoka
Established in 2014, Sawdust City Brewing Company is located in Gravenhurst, Muskoka. They produce traditional ales in an array of styles. In addition to their five-year round core brands, they also offer seasonal flavours, limited batch brews, barrel-aged batches, and experimental beers. All of their beers are all-natural and made with only the finest ingredients.
VISIT SAWDUST CITY
397 Muskoka Rd. N
RETAIL BEER STORE
Mon - Sun: 9 AM - 11 PM
Heart of Muskoka
Establish in 1996 and located in Bracebridge, Ontario, Muskoka Brewery handcrafts premium beers. They're one of the oldest in the region and have more than 70 varieties of beer. Their beer ranges from Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout, to Muskoka Craft Lager, to their flagship Muskoka Cream Ale. Favourites include Cream Ale, Mad Tom IPA and Muskoka Detour — a departure from the typical IPA. LCBO describes Muskoka as easygoing and light on the palate, offering big hoppy notes and a clean, bracing finish that’s sure to quench the fiercest of thirsts.
1964 Muskoka Beach Rd
Thurs - Sat: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM
Northern Edge of Muskoka
Established in 2009, on the Northern edge of Algonquin Park you will find the Highlander Brew Co. Brewery — known as the most northerly craft brewery in Ontario. Highlander’s first beer was a traditional Scottish Ale and their lineup now includes Blacksmith Smoked Porter, Lion Grass, Centurion, as well as a number of seasonal and collaboration beers.
19 Howard Street
Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM
Muskoka Lakes Winery
Cranberry Mecca of Muskoka
This one isn't exactly beer, but we do have a winery in Muskoka that's worth mentioning. Muskoka Lakes Winery was launched with the 2000 vintage of Cranberry Wine. This initial release was so well received, it sold out in 16 days. The following release of 2000 Cranberry Blueberry Wine sold out in just four days. Over the years, many other wines have been introduced, but Cranberry Wine and Cranberry Blueberry Wine continue to be best sellers.
VISIT MUSKOKA LAKES WINERY
1074 Cranberry Road
Mon - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM
Buy Muskoka Craft Beer
- Visit your local LCBO or Beer Store to find these Muskoka craft beers
- Check out this Ontario Craft Beer site for the nearest location that stocks them.
Ontario Beer Event Listings
Which is your favourite Muskoka craft beer?