Muskoka Region Micro Brewery & Wine Destinations
Although Muskoka is a mere 2-hour drive north of Canada’s largest city, it feels worlds away as you drive into the landscape of expansive lakes, tall pines, and historic towns. Muskoka is all about the abandonment of Toronto’s high-pace, demanding, and industrious setting in exchange for a deep inhale of fresh air. When you retreat to unplug, you imagine yourself barbecuing all your dinners by a dock, lounging with friends under a night sky sprinkled with stars, and enjoying a cold beer. It should be no surprise to discover that the Muskoka District is becoming an increasingly popular location for sprouting local breweries and wineries. Here are a few bars, beverages, and backstories behind Muskoka Breweries.
Swigging Suds in the Saloon @ Sawdust City Brewery
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The Sawdust City Brewery pride themselves on expanding beyond traditional flavours of beer and creating original flavour profiles. If you’re looking for a Bud Light, you’re heading to the wrong place. The Saloon is the bar inside the Brewery. The Saloon displays 12 draught lines of carefully crafted beer and a bar milled from a 100-year old pine tree, which pays homage to the logging history of Muskoka. Cozy up to this historical bar and try one of their award-winning beers such as: the Lone Pine West Coast IPA, the Gateway Kolsch, or the Skinny Dippin’ Stout.
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
397 Muskoka Rd. N
Drinking Down Detour @ Muskoka Brewery
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Taken by: Danielle Meredith Photography
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Whether you’re spending the summer in Muskoka or simply passing through, it’s absolutely necessary that you venture off the beaten path and into the famous Muskoka Brewery. What started as a small, intimate brewing company has quickly grown into a Canadian household name. Head to the brewery to see how your favourite beers, like Muskoka Detour, are made.
In the Beer Garden @ Lake of Bays
Source: Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Taken By: Matt Marion
The Lake of Bays Brewery passionately produce simple, all-natural, and quality beer. Every Saturday this July and August 2016 they will be hosting Music in the Beer Garden, where you can listen to local music while sampling the classic brews such as, the Spark House Red Ale, the 10 Point IPA, or the Crosswind Pale Ale. Take a visual, virtual brew tour here, or better yet, get yourself over there to taste the summer flavours in person.
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
2681 Muskoka Rd. 117,
Baysville ON P0B 1A0
Wine Workout @ Muskoka Lakes Winery
Source: Muskoka Lakes Winery
Okay, so this may seem counter-productive, but what better way to motivate you to get sweating than the hope of a fresh glass of Cranberry wine awaiting you? At the Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery you can participate in an instructional fitness class and be rewarded with a glass of wine for a total of $30. If you want to skip out on the whole exercise part of the deal and just enjoy a beverage sweat-free, make sure to book a wine tasting, guided tour of the cranberry fields, or set up camp on the scenic wine & cheese patio.
Try Them All @ Brew Tours
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The entire package. You really need to be dedicated to make it to the end of this package deal. This is the tour for you and all of your friends that are overdue for a weekend getaway and looking to fit in as many tours as you can. The Brew Tours company will pick you up from your cottage and give you an afternoon of exclusive tastings, provide you with a 30L keg, take you to Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery, Sawdust City Brewery, and a lunch at The Griffin Gastro Pub. The Lethal Ladies Tour even takes you to a spa of your choice, if the pints don’t have you feeling as relaxed as you would like. These tours provide you with a necessary designated driver, discounted rates for big groups, and 5 hours of everything beer. The tours then make sure you get home safe and sound by dropping you and your friends back off at the cottage. Now that’s Muskoka hospitality.
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It’s a great feeling to recline on your Muskoka chair, perched on a dock, with a fresh Canadian beer in hand. It’s an even better feeling to taste the same fresh beer, straight from the tank. Muskoka breweries and wineries try to create products that express the flavours of the land that produced them. So venture into cottage country to taste the flavours of the Canadian landscape and make sure to drink responsibly this summer!