Two Rare Birds; Now Living Comfortably In Our Fridge

Back in February, we collaborated with Sawdust City to create what has since become one of our favourite beers that we’ve ever brewed; Infinite Zest Belgian Wit IPA w/ Lime Zest & Idaho 7. While its name is certainly a mouthful, it’s appropriate as we think you’ll want to drink many mouthfuls of it. We were briefly selling 500mL bottles of the stuff, but they disappeared quickly. Good news – it’s now available in 355mL cans at the Muddy York Retail Shop. This is a clean, bright, Belgian style IPA with big notes of lime from the generous amounts of lime zest, and tropical, citrusy hop character from Idaho 7.
 
Ward 20: Ontario Pale Ale, a single hop, single malt pale ale made from all Ontario ingredients is now available in 473mL cans. Hopped with Chinook from VQH Farms and malt from the great Maltsters at Barn Owl Malt, this is a hazy, floral, citrusy pale ale with notes of white grapefruit and pine. We sold cans of Ward 20 for one weekend in April to much fanfare. Now it’s back and yours to enjoy.

Susan Michalek
Brewed In: Toronto East

George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts is delighted to launch a new range of events celebrating Craft Beer from Ontario and beyond! Our Brewed In: series of events kick off with a focus on Toronto East, and features 4 of Ontario leading craft breweries – Godspeed Brewery, Left Field Brewery, Muddy York Brewing Co. and Eastbound Brewing Co.

As part of this collaboration, we are delighted to host a craft beer-focused reception and 4-course dinner featuring all four breweries. With a very special menu prepared by Chef Tara Lee from Eastbound Brewing and Chef Ryusuke Yamanaka from Godspeed Brewery along with The Chefs’ House culinary brigade, this promises to be an outstanding evening of craft beer and food. Tickets are limited and priced at $85 plus HST.

Grab your tickets now! eventbrite.ca/e/brewed-in-toronto-east

 

The Art of Craft Beer Leslieville

The Art of Craft Beer, a multi-sensory beer experience that pairs the best in craft beer label art with the best in craft beer, is returning to Leslieville. After a wildly successful event at the beautiful Ashbridge Estate last June, the festival returns the park on Saturday, June 2 and will run from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. Ontario brewers, food vendors, art expo and live bands to be featured at the free community event are set to be announced in the coming days.

Date: Saturday, June 2
Hours: 12 noon to 8:00 P.M.
Location: Ashbridge’s Estate | 1444 Queen Street East
Tickets: FREE Admission

Beach Hill Smokehouse Pop-up

Rub. Smoke. Eat. Repeat.

Beach Hill Smokehouse, purveyors of the finest authentic Texas BBQ in Canada, will be popping up at the Muddy York Brewing Co. Taproom on Saturday, May 26. These guys are not playing. Their meats are rubbed with spices, cooked over indirect heat, and smoked in their 7,000lbs smoker which they imported from Texas. From ribs and brisket to chicken, sausage, and Portobello mushrooms – Terrance and his pit crew will be serving up sandwiches and smoked wings as well as their fantastic side dishes (Southern Mac & Cheese, Smoked Baked Beans, and Poblano Slaw). You don’t want to miss this. Also, beer.

Brewer's Backyard - Queen Victoria's Secret

Spring is here, finally! And we are back at the annual Victoria Day event – Queen Victoria’s Secret on Monday, May 21st at the Evergreen Brick Works, where we only reveal the beers available when we start – so you’re going to have to join us to find out what’s pouring!

Queen Victoria’s Secret will feature a dynamite lineup of Ontario breweries and a tasty food line up with Chimney Stax, Delite Bite, Fidel Gastro, Food Dudes, FeasTO and the Pop Stand.

We will be on from 11am – 5pm (note the early start) in the Pavilions areas of the Evergreen Brick Works.  We will be having a “First Call” special with all beers $5 for the first hour. Following that Beer will be $6. So the early bird gets the beer! Admission is free, the event is all ages and no tickets are required.  However, beer will only be sold until 4:30pm and last pour will be at 4:45pm, so come early to enjoy the best selection and opportunity to enjoy some delicious Ontario beer and food. brewersbackyard.com

Chau Pop-Up – God Save The Bao

Asian inspired snacks on Victoria Day long weekend! Chau pops up at the brewery on Saturday, May 19th at 12pm to 6pm. We’ll be releasing two new collab-beers with esteemed citizens of Durham County. First up is Old Sticks in the Mud Pale Ale, and the second is Hausgebräu In Das Haus Weizenbock.

Menu:
asian nachos
tortilla chips – chili – cheese
pickled jalapeno – sriracha sour cream
green onions – sesame seeds*
$8

korean sloppy joe bao
all of the mushrooms – tofu –slaw
house pickles - chili garlic aioli – coriander
sesame seeds•
$8

death by bao
popcorn chicken – house chili oil – kimchi aioli
house pickles – secret spice mix
$9

*vegan option available

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Durham County in the Haus

We’ll be releasing two new collab-beers on Friday at 4pm with esteemed citizens of Durham County. First up is Old Sticks In The Mud Pale Ale, a collaboration with 5 Paddles Brewing. Mike, Ed, Ian, & Spencer came up through the homebrewing ranks at the same time as Jeff and were the first guys to make the leap from homebrewing to professional brewing. They’ve been a tremendous resource and help not only to Muddy York but to countless other brewers, aspiring and professional. Jeff made his first commercial brew with them, Mustachio Oatmeal Stout. They’ve been brewing amazing beer for a long time and, if there’s a more fun bunch of old farts brewing beer anywhere, it’s news to us. The beer is a hybrid pale ale -  blending the best elements of old school and new school pale ales and double dry-hopped with Cashmere and Hallertau Blanc. It’s 5.6%, 50 IBUs and will be available on tap and in 355ml cans.

Next up is Hausgebräu In Das Haus Weizenbock, brewed in collaboration with the Durham Homebrewers. We’ve taken the same approach as 5 Paddles when it comes to supporting homebrewers so we invited the Durham Homebrewers to brew a beer of their choice at Muddy York. The result is a rich, malty and fruity wheat-based ale combining everything we love about Dunkleweizens with the strength and structure of a bock. It’s 7% ABV and 20 IBU and will be on-tap and in 500ml bottles.

Sherry Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine

This Saturday, May 12th at 11 am we will be releasing the latest iteration of our Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine series. Aged to perfection in a Fino Sherry barrel from Gonzales Byass in Jerez, Spain, this version brings together the toffee, bitter orange, and dried fruit notes of our barley wine with the toasted nuts, dried-grape, fruit blossom notes, and bone-dry finish of the Tio Pepe Sherry.

Tio Pepe was the named after the uncle of Manuel Maria Gonzales, who at the age of 23 opened the doors to the Gonzales Byass Winery in 1835. The young Mr. Gonzales was mentored by his uncle, nicknamed “Pepe,” in the production of sherry. They went on to develop the Fino style that is now world-renowned – and the Tio Pepe brand is the best-selling Fino on earth.  

This 10% ABV and 70 IBU beer is rich and complex and is perfect to drink right now. Packaged in 375ml bottles, these can be enjoyed in a single sitting.

Cinco De Mayo Party ~Taco 'Bout A Fiesta!

On Saturday, May 5th, celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the brewery with a food pop-up by our amigos from the CRAFT Beer Market Toronto. They will be serving up some tasty tacos, we'll have some special brews and fine Spanish tunes. No tickets needed, just come and Fiesta Mexicana.

Menu:

Pork Carnitas
Pickled Red Onion & Carrot, Lime Garlic Aioli
$4 each

Carne Asada Taco
Pico de Gallo, Avocado Crema
$5 each

Chipotle Tempeh Taco
Yucatan Salsa, Chipotle Aioli
$4 each

Black Bean, Corn & Quinoa Salad
$3 Each

Toronto’s Oldest Ghost Story Is Now Toronto’s Newest Märzen

Toronto has an old ghost story that has been handed down from generation to generation, embellished, disputed, and memorialized. Like all great ghost stories, it is shrouded in mystery and composed of half-truths. The protagonist of this tale is John Paul Radelmüller, a German-born servant to the British Royal Family who emmigrated to Canada from Britain in the early 19th Century. After trying his hand at various careers, he was eventually hired as the first keeper of The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse – the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes and one of the oldest buildings in Toronto.

He lived a relatively quiet life on Toronto Island – inhabiting a small cottage with his wife and daughter and occupying his free time with the comforts and traditions of his heritage. One such hobby was the brewing of German-style beers, which he sold to locals and soldiers patrolling the island. As the story goes, on January 2nd, 1815, Radelmüller served some beer to two soldiers who, after a few too many, became loud and aggressive. Not wanting to attract any unwanted attention, he stopped serving them. Enraged, the two soldiers chased after him, following him up the steps of the lighthouse, where they attacked him and pushed him out of the window. They found his body sprawled out on the beach below and panicked. Terrified that they’d be caught and charged with murder, the two soldiers hacked his corpse into pieces, buried his remains at separate sights along the beach, and disappeared into the night.

It is said that Radelmüller’s ghost still haunts Toronto Island and the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.

We can’t confirm the integrity of this story (though these guys have done a pretty good job), but we love a good ghost story, and the detail about Radelmüller brewing German beers at home was too good to pass up. So, our brand new Radelmüllers Ghost Märzen is a tribute to this centuries-old tale. Its elegant amber appearance and dry finish will haunt you - imploring you to drink another.

Available in 500mL bottles and on draught at the Muddy York Taproom and Retail Shop.

Happy ghost hunting,

Muddy York Brewing Co.

Resistance Dry-Hopped Lager Returns

Starting today, in addition to Cervisia Saison and Haberdasher Hefeweizen, you’ll be able to buy singles, four-packs, six-packs, or two-fours of Resistance Dry-Hopped Lager and Gaslight Helles Lager in short cans. As with our initial release of Resistance Dry-Hopped Lager last year, we’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to organizations helping to fight oppression throughout the world. This year, we’ll once again be raising money for Black Lives Matter and LGBT Youthline and adding The White Helmets and Indspire to the list.

Every day in Syria, volunteer rescue workers from the White Helmets rush to the scenes of bombings to pull people out from under the rubble and carry them to safety. Their courageous and selfless work has given hope to millions of civilians.

Indspire helps Indigenous students in Canada complete their post-secondary education by offering bursaries, scholarships, and awards to those students who need financial aid.

We’ll be announcing new beer releases in short cans over the next weeks and months, so stay tuned.

See you at the brewery,

Muddy York Brewing Co.

Many Beers, Many Vessels, Three Years of Muddy York

This year, on March 3rd, Muddy York Brewing is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary with a big old party. We will be releasing TWO new beers:

1) Our Barrel-Aged Plank Road Baltic Porter has been napping in a Tawny Port Barrel awaiting this day. It’s a medium-bodied, elegantly mellow 8.5% ABV, and tastes vinous and oaky with warm notes of alcohol, Port, and dark licorice. It will be available in 355mL bottles, and there’s a limit of six per person.

2) Infinite Zest is a collaboration between Muddy York Brewing and Sawdust City. Sam Corbeil drove down from Gravenhurst a couple of months back with some great ideas. The result is a Belgian White IPA with Lime Zest and Idaho 7. For you lit geeks, it’s named after David Foster Wallace’s epic 1996 novel, Infinite Jest. For you LIT beer geeks, this is a clean, bright, Belgian style IPA with big, big, notes of lime due to copious amounts of added lime zest. It is hopped with piney, tropical, citrusy, Idaho 7 and tastes like the best dream you ever had, then woke up, went back to sleep, and had that same exact dream again.

In addition to the new releases, we’ll have extra-special beers on cask, sliders and salads courtesy of Knuckle Sandwich, some magical entertainment by @christine_lynn_magic and, for the first time in our three-year history, 473mL cans of Gaslight Helles Lager.

Barrels, Casks, Bottles, Cans, and Sliders. Bring your party shoes.

Cheers,

From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

I Am The Frogman

Imagine deep-sea diving with a 93lb (42 kg) brass helmet covering you from the base of your neck to the top of your head. That’s what the naval divers of the early-mid 20th century were outfitted with for intensive diving operations. The helmets created a hermetic seal for these divers, known as Frogmen, and enabled them to see clearly underwater and breathe normally via a constant flow of breathing gas. Frogmen were instrumental in many deep-sea raids during both World Wars, often manning human torpedoes to destroy enemy ships.

The Frogman Imperial Black IPA is big, dark, hoppy, and malty. Hopped and double dry-hopped with VQH Farms’ Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops, The Frogman Imperial Black IPA registers 60 IBUs and tastes rich, bright, floral, and ever so slightly roasty. It gives off a pleasantly tropical aroma and pours a dark black. So, even decked out in your finest MK V Diving Rig, you’d be hard-pressed to see below the surface.

It would be a terrible choice for a pre-deep-sea raid beverage due to its imperial strength of 8% ABV. But, assuming you aren’t reading this from your human torpedo, we think it’s a perfectly suitable beer for enjoying with friends and off-duty naval officers. It’s on tap and in the cooler here at the Muddy York Brewing Co.

Visit The Wren this Thursday night for their Hopstile Takeover – where VQH and King Lake Farms will be showcasing their fantastic Ontario-grown hops in a variety of beers – including The Frogman Imperial Black IPA.

Ward 6: Amarillo Pale Ale - What a Difference a Hop Makes

Perhaps you’re sick and tired of being told what beer tastes like. Notes of this, aromas of that, esters, colours; we get it. Tastes are subjective – one person’s “bright citrus” is another person’s “too bitter.” That’s one of the beautiful aspects of brewing and drinking a variety of beers. This is especially true of our Ward Series single hop pale ales. The recipe doesn’t change with each new brew, only the hop does. Which means you get to experience how one hop differs from the next.

Ward 6: Amarillo Pale Ale pours light and hazy in your glass like all of its Ward predecessors, but the Amarillo hops shine through with delightful citrus and melon flavours on first tasting and a moderate bitterness on the finish. It’s the kind of beer you’ll want to drink more of. But we'll let you be the judge.

Luckily for you, we’ve got it in the fridge and on-tap now. Come and get some.

End 2017 with a FREE Bottle Bag!

Goodbye 2017, We Hardly Even Knew Ye.

It’s the final Reggae Friday of the year here at the Muddy York Brewing Co. We play reggae every Friday from opening until closing (unless some rogue beer person takes control of the music machines). So, if you’d like to figuratively transport yourself from our current polar vortex to a sunnier, warmer vibe, we’ll be open until 8pm today. We’re also open until 8pm tomorrow and until 4pm on New Year’s Eve. Management reserves the right to withhold reggae at the weekend.

As a thank you for all your support this year, we’ll be giving away a free Muddy York Bottle Bag with each purchase of six beers or more.*

Happy New Year everybody.

Much Love,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

*Also because we’ve run out of six-pack carriers

2017, We Bid You Adieu – And Give You Two New Beers

We are ending 2017 feeling incredibly grateful for all of the support you’ve shown us. We hope that gratitude has been expressed in everything we do. That’s certainly the goal around here. As Christmas and New Years are rapidly approaching, we’re releasing our two final beers of the year; Sokol Pilsner and Ward 5: Columbus Pale Ale.

Sokolnice is a village nestled in the barley growing region of Moravia, Czech Republic. It is also the birthplace of our co-owner, Susan’s father. Her dad is not only a fan of the Pilsner style that the old-country is famous for, but he was also instrumental in inspiring and encouraging Jeff (Susan’s husband and co-owner/brewer at Muddy York) to start brewing his own beer a decade ago. Sokol Pilsner is a tribute to him. It is light bodied with spicy and herbal notes and provides a perfect showcase for the noble Saaz hop.

Ward 5: Columbus Pale Ale is the fifth entry in our growing Ward Series of single hop pale ales. We tweaked the recipe a bit on the recently re-released Ward 2: Centennial Pale Ale and this new beer follows that formula but substitutes Columbus for Centennial and shows what a difference a hop can make. This one is dank, dank, and dank. So, if you like Dank, this is your jam.

Both are available on tap and in the retail fridge.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and thanks again for being such great people.

See you soon,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Where There’s Smoke There’s Jail Fire

In the winter of 1862, a massive fire broke out during the construction of the New Don Jail. Most of the structure was destroyed by smoke and fire. Unfortunately, it didn’t halt building what was to become the most notorious jail in all of Canada.

Rauchbier is most closely associated with breweries in Bamburg, Germany who dried their malts over open flames. While the intent was not to introduce “smokiness” to the beer, they quite liked theflavours and continue to brew Rauchbier in the traditional style to this day.

Our Jail Fire Rauchbier highlights the flavour of malts that have been smoked over beechwood. Its pronounced smokiness will remind you of campfires and barbeques and will make you grateful you never had to spend a night in the Don Jail.

It's on tap and in the fridge now.

See you soon,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Hop Lovers Rejoice

Today we are celebrating the re-release of our much-beloved Dereliction Double IPA. Absent from our fridge since the beginning of 2017, you hop loving people now have cause to be very happy. Clocking in at 8.2% ABV and 110 IBU, Dereliction DIPA pours a rich golden colour, tastes like a dank pine forest, and has a hop-forward character, in both aroma and flavour. Brewed with Summit, Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus hops, it is well-balanced and drinks more like a classic west-coast IPA than the high ABV rating would suggest. That being said, the label doesn’t lie, this is a strong, delicious, beer.

It’s on tap and in the fridge now.

This holiday season we are collecting food for Second Harvest Food Rescue and raising money for Dixon Hall. Dixon Hall serves more than 10,000 people annually, impacting the lives of the most vulnerable and the most at-risk members of our community. Please consider bringing a few items or extra funds with you the next time you’re in the neighbourhood. We thank you!

See you soon,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine: 18-Months Old and Ready to Impress

This Saturday, December 2nd at 11am we will be releasing our Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine. Aged for eighteen months in a sauternes wine barrel from Château Lafite Rothschild in France, it manages to retain the sweetness it inherited from the barrel, while still finishing clean and dry. It is vibrant and velvety soft with notes of toffee, bitter orange, and dry fruit.

In addition to the barrel-aged Barley Wine, we will also have a limited quantity of bottles from the same batch, also aged, but not in barrels. Releasing them simultaneously will give you a view as to how the aging of beers in barrels affects the finished product.

Barley Wines are a misunderstood style. Due in no small part to the inclusion of the word “wine” in its name. Brewed with water, yeast, malts, and hops, Barley Wines are most certainly beer. What gives them a more wine-like identity is the fact that they tend to hover around 10% ABV. These are not session ales. They are rich and strong by design and usually have a distinct caramel aroma.

Our Barley Wine is named 1793 as that was the year that Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe established the city of York as the temporary capital of Upper Canada. It pre-dates the creation of the city of Toronto and seems a fitting nomenclature for a truly old style of beer.

Packaged in 375ml bottles, these can be enjoyed now in a single sitting.

Cheers,
From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.