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Yes, We Can

You’ve probably noticed over the last while, we’ve been packaging most of the beer we sell out of our retail shop in 355ml cans. While we loved the look of our elegant 500ml bottles, we decided to transition to cans for a few reasons.
The first is that aluminum cans are the best way to ensure quality and freshness. They prevent spoilage by protecting from light and oxygen, thus keeping the contents within fresh and tasting great. Aluminum is 100% recyclable and unlike glass bottles which are manufactured overseas, aluminum is produced locally. Lastly, thanks to the good folks at Northern Canning, we are able to package thousands of cans in one shot (as opposed to the sixty or so bottles we are capable of filling in the same amount of time). This means we have better inventory of your favourite Muddy York beers and are far less likely to be sold-out of them when you visit the brewery.

Modern beer cans are lined with a polymer coating to ensure that the aluminum never comes into contact with the beer. This eliminates the possibility that the beer you’re drinking will taste metallic. As you sip from a can, the proximity of your nose to the aluminum might give off a slight metallic aroma, but the beer itself will not contain any of that flavour. That’s why it’s always a good idea to pour your beer into a glass (plus you get a cool visual).

Recently, we’ve put our old classics Major Small Best BitterStork Derby Stout, and Muddy York Porter in 355mL cans for the first time. They taste and looks great and you’ll be happy to know we’ve got them in the retail fridge and online.
Change is good. So are cans.
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Enjoy Labour Day With Two New Beers

For many, Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. But it doesn’t mean it’s the end of enjoying great beers here at Muddy York. With that in mind, we’re pleased to introduce you to our two latest brews.

The “Olli” Unfiltered Heirloom Lager - A premium lager brewed with 100% Alberta Heritage Select heirloom barley. Also known as “Olli,” this unique variety has been grown by the Kozack family in Alberta since 1932. Next up is the 8th installment in our single hop/single malt Ward Series of pale ales; Ward 8: Huell Melon Pale Ale. An intensely fruity ale, Ward 8: Huell Melon Pale Ale is bursting with flavours and aromas of fresh cantaloupe and honeydew melon. 

Available in-store, on tap and online.

Sours!? Sweet!

Sour beers produce complex layers of flavours that you just won’t find in most other styles. We believe this is why sours have grown so popular with those who don’t typically love beer. You may wonder what gives sour beers their distinctive taste. The answer, is Lactobacillus, a bacteria that turns sugars into lactic acid. It’s the same bacteria that gives yogurt its slightly sour taste. Try one today, or introduce this style to the uninitiated. They may go wild for the funky, fruity, and tart taste of sours!

Luckily, if you’re sweet on sours, we’ve just canned our Staring Down The Sun Clementine Sour, Ricky's Refresher Strawberry-Lime Berliner Weisse,and Fox Hunter Dry-Hopped Sour. Get some in-store, on-tap, and online.

Muddy York Brewing Co.

Work Hard, Play Hard

You really need more coffee during your next meeting. By “coffee” we mean Working Hard NEIPA with Azacca and Huell Melon, and by “meeting” we mean relaxing on the patio, campsite or waterfront. This version of Working Hard was brewed with Azacca and Huell Melon hops, giving this hazy New England style IPA notes of fresh cantaloupe, mango and orange. So, if you are working hard during this last month of summer (or hardly working) we have our newest iteration from the Working Hard series for you on-tap, instore and online.

Yes You CAN Have Ricky’s Refresher To-Go

All ready for you to take home, camping or the cottage; our sour of the summer; Ricky's Refresher Strawberry-Lime Berliner Weisse is now packaged in 355ml cans!

A strawberry and lime-infused Berliner Weisse, this 3.5% ABV ale is has been a favourite in the taproom, and highly recommended by Muddy York’s Dr. Brewer M.D. for pep and vigour. A positively refreshing cure for your beer boredom.

The Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

We all love the finer things in life, but let’s be honest, you could go broke popping that Brut Champagne at your next soiree. If you’re looking for something unique to drink at a summer party, we’ve packaged the next best thing; Paper Moon Brut IPA. This bone-dry Brut-style IPA is as effervescent as sparkling wine and boasts robust New World hop aroma. Packaged in 355ml cans, you can toast summer on your own, or entertain a crowd with a six-pack.

Available online, and in the retail fridge.

Muddy York Brewing Co.

Toast May 24 Weekend with a 6-Pack

We have some good news! Starting today and continuing all Victoria Day Long Weekend, we’ll be offering a $3 discount on every six-pack of cans purchased at the brewery. Can’t make it to the brewery? Fear not, because we’re offering $10 flat-rate shipping on all online orders (*per shipping box).

Happy Long Weekend!

May The Schwarz Be With You

This Saturday, May 4th, we’ll be releasing Black Opal Schwarzbier, a collaboration with Lauren Richard, who is one of the few Advanced Cicerones® in Canada. She possesses in-depth knowledge about a great many styles and has the palate and skill to craft beautiful beers.
Developed in East Germany, Schwarzbiers are low-alcohol, moderately dry, dark lagers. Black Opal is crisp and refreshing and showcases a very delicate roast character. It is deceptively light and will defy your visual expectations. Like the most precious and rare of all opals, Black Opal is anything but common.
You’ll find Lauren behind the bar at Hotmess Tex Mex where she’ll be pouring Black Opal Schwarzbier beginning this Saturday evening. It will also be on tap, available for purchase online and in 355ml cans here at the brewery on Saturday.

Plank Road Baltic Porter is Back

This Saturday we are releasing two versions of our Plank Road Baltic Porter! Both are 8.8% ABV and 32 IBUs of smooth, roasted, malty goodness.

The first is our original. Silky and full-bodied, this beer displays plenty of rich malt character with notes of cocoa and sweet coffee. Available in 500ml Bottles.

The second is Port Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter and has been aging in an Offley Tawny Port Barrel over the past year giving the original an added layer of oak, date & raisin. Available in 375ml bottles.

The Magical Legend of Bernard

This Saturday, we’ll be releasing a historical Polish beer, The Legend of Bernard Grodziskie (pronounced Grod-zis-kay). Often referred to as “Polish Champagne Beer,” Grodziskies are brewed with 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, have high levels of carbonation, a unique mineral character, and are typically less than 4% ABV.
Bernard of Wabrzeźno was a Benedictine monk who, legend has it, prayed that the depleted well of Grodzisk be replenished so that the town-folk would be able to continue to produce beer – their primary source of income. Bernard’s prayers resulted in magically refilling the well water and purportedly giving it healing powers; curing any ill person who drank from it. The new Grodzisk-style beer produced using Bernard’s miraculous water was said to be superior to any they'd brewed before.
To be clear, we don't believe in magic monks or miracle water, but we do think that this forgotten style of beer deserves another look. One drink of The Legend of Bernard Grodziskie may just heal all that ails you.
It will be on tap and in the fridge on Saturday morning.

Na Zdrowie (To your health),

Muddy York Brewing Co.

From 0 to 110 in One Afternoon

Friday afternoon we’ll be releasing our Paper Moon Brut IPA and Dereliction Double IPA in 355mL cans.
Paper Moon, a bone-dry IPA that’s as effervescent as sparkling wine and boasts a robust New World hop aroma, clocks in at 0 IBUs due to zero hops in the boil. We add tons of Vic Secret and Mosaic in the dry-hopping process which means big flavours of ripe stone fruit with no bitterness. 
At 8.2% ABV Dereliction DIPA revs up the IBUs to a turbo-charged 110, providing you with a firm bitterness and a malty body to back it up. Pouring a vibrant golden colour, it tastes like a dank pine forest, and has a hop-forward character, in both aroma and flavour. Brewed with Simcoe, Summit, Columbus, and Centennial hops, it is well-balanced, citrusy, and drinks like a classic west-coast DIPA.

Both will be on tap and in the fridge.

See you soon,

Greetings From Krampus

Krampus is an Eastern European folklore figure who, according to legend, punished or kidnapped children at Christmas time for their transgressions. Unlike his jovial friend Saint Nicholas, who rewarded the well-behaved with gifts, this scary, horned, half-goat/half-demon was not who you wanted to invite for dinner on Christmas Eve.
Krampus Dark Sour With Cherry won’t steal your children, but you might be tempted to snatch every bottle for yourself. Dark and roasty, this tart ale has a pronounced sour cherry flavour with hints of mulled wine.

Fill your sack with bottles of Krampus Dark Sour With Cherry this Saturday. Or treat yourself to a pint at the Taproom bar.  

Greetings from Krampus!

What's in Store for Black Friday? Cognac Barrel-Aged Inkwell Imperial Stout, That's What

This Friday, Nov 23rd our ONLINE STORE GOES LIVEand what better way to mark the opening of the Muddy York Online Store than to offer a Black Friday release of our Inkwell Imperial Stout? This year’s iteration was aged in a cognac barrel. At 11.9%, its boozy warmth adds complex flavours of anise, oak, molasses and toasted almonds to the bold notes of tobacco, espresso, and dark chocolate. Its full-body, soft carbonation, and dry finish is the stuff of Christmas miracles. We’ve packaged 248 in a 375mL bottle and 72 in a sharable 750mL bottle.

If Black Friday web shopping isn’t your jam, on Saturday, Nov 24th, at 11am, we’ll be releasing both bottle sizes at the Muddy York Retail Shop. We’ll even have some on tap for you to try.

Happy beginning to the Holiday Season,

*Though we’re launching this with the best of intentions, the Canada Post strike is definitely putting a wrench in the works. (No disrespect to our postal workers. Thanks for bringing us our cheques!) So, while we will do our best to ship these out to you in a timely fashion, please understand that this is entirely out of our control. We will be happy to make alternative shipping arrangements with you if you’d prefer not to take your chances. Stayed tuned for details.

Thanksgetting: Cognac and Sherry Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wines

This Thursday, October 4th at 11am we will be releasing two iterations of our 1793 Barley Wine. One aged in a Cognac barrel and the other in a Sherry barrel.
Smelling of raisins, cinnamon, and cognac, and pouring a deep amber colour, Cognac Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine appears soft, mellow, and slightly boozy on the tongue, with a rich body, notes of toffee, oak, and dried fruit. It finishes dry and clean with a faint bitterness and registers 11.9% ABV and 70 IBU.
Sherry Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine brings together the classic toffee, bitter orange, and dried fruit notes of barley wine with the bone-dry, citrus, dried-grape, and fruit blossom notes of the Tio Pepe Sherry barrel it was aged in. It is 10% ABV and 70 IBU.
Both versions will be available in 375mL bottles, and we will also have a limited quantity of Cognac Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine in sharable 750mL bottles (limit one per person). They are ready to drink right now and pair perfectly with family, friends, and Thanksgiving dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving,
MuddyYork Brewing Co.

Fall Prey to Fox Hunter Dry-Hopped Sour

When planning a country excursion, gentlefolk ought to think seriously about their choice of beverage. That’s why we brewed our Fox Hunter Dry-hopped Sour. It has that clean tang you crave, and a delightful hop character from the generous quantity of Cashmere and Mosaic hops. At 4.8% ABV and 5 IBU its floral aroma and tart flavour profile will be the perfect companion for all of your activities - be they sport or leisure.

On tap and in 355ml cans to go.

Muddy York Brewing Co.


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.

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.


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.