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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.

Imperial Black Friday

On Friday morning at 11am we will be releasing a very limited supply of our 15-month aged Inkwell Imperial Stout in 500ml bottles. Brewed last year as part of our Commonwealth Series with friend and brewer, Richard Sigesmund, this is the same batch that we’ve been pouring from our taps since September. With aromas of molasses, tobacco, and raisin, and flavours of dark espresso, and dark chocolate, its velvety soft mouth-feel and dry finish will make your glass very happy this Holiday season.

As quantities are limited, we will be enforcing a two-bottle max per person.

Cheers!
From everyone at Muddy York Brewing Co.

It’s SMaSH Time

Ontario is well known for growing over fifty varieties of fruits and vegetables. We also produce a lot of maple syrup and honey as well as livestock, poultry, fish, legumes, and dairy products. The Niagara region has become famous for its wine production. “Hey Muddy York, stop boring me with your Ontario agriculture propaganda,” you’re probably snickering to yourself. “I want to read about beer and beer only. Beer. Beer. Beer.” Ok, we get it. But hang on, because, in just a second, we’re going to tell you about some Ontario agricultural information that we promise will result in beer.

Our good friends at VQH Farms are growing some truly spectacular hops here in Ontario. We’ve used their goods in many of our beers and we’re excited to tell you that we are re-releasing our Ward 2: Centennial Pale Ale with 100% Ontario-grown hops from VQH Farms and 100% Canadian grown barley. It’s a single malt, single hop pale ale (aka SMaSH beer) that pours a beautiful hazy yellow and boasts an irresistible lemony flavour profile.

It’s in the fridge and on tap here at the Muddy York Retail Store and Taproom now.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Rollin’, Rollin’, Trick or Treatin’

You’ll never guess what just rolled back into your life. You don’t need to guess because I’m about to tell you. Roller Boat IPA is cold and waiting for you in the bottle shop and on tap in the taproom. We didn’t make a big deal about it, but, humble-brag time, last spring, we won an Ontario Brewing Award for this West-Coast style IPA. At 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU, it’s the perfect dank, piney, citrusy brew to get your weekend started. It also tastes great Mondays through Thursdays, so make sure you’ve got enough.

If you need more reasons to rush over here, starting today, just in time for Halloween, you can pair a 12oz pour of our Muddy York Porter with a handmade dark chocolate peanut butter cup. Made from 100% imported Belgian chocolate, these little sweeties will indulge your adult trick-or-treat cravings, and they really bring out the chocolate notes of the Porter. The cost is $8. While supplies last. Or we eat them all.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

The Official Taproom Grand Opening Party

There will be beer.

Muddy York Brewing Co. is pleased to invite you to The Official Taproom Grand Opening Party on Saturday, September 30th. We’ll be partying from 11-8pm in our newly built taproom located at 22 Cranfield Road. Marvel at our custom built tap tower, which will feature some crowd favourites along side lesser-known, special offerings, beer on cask, prizes, bottles, growlers, and merchandise. Knuckle Sandwich will be supplying delicious eats, and vinyl will be spun by DJ JD. Join us as we celebrate another milestone in our craft-beer journey.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Resistance Dry-Hopped Lager

Resistance Dry-Hopped Lager from Muddy York has a light-body and a sharp mind. The baby brother of our Gaslight Helles Lager, Resistance presents light and malty on the tongue followed by a citrusy kick courtesy of our old friend Sorachi Ace Hops.

We had originally intended to give this new release a different name, but as a direct reaction to the events in Charlottesville, we felt compelled to support causes we believe in. We have clarity in our convictions but don’t always know the correct or most effective way to respond to the cascade of events. So, we’re putting our trust in activists and organizations who are already doing work on the front lines of these issues who are too often on the receiving end of the tyranny that seeks to deny the progress of social, economic and environmental justice.

Though we are appalled by the ongoing crises in the US, Canada is certainly not immune to clashes of culture, race, or economics. That is why we are opting to donate part of the proceeds from the sales of Resistance Dry Hopped Lager to Idle No More, Black Lives Matter Toronto, LGBT Youthline, and Lifeline Syria.

We recognize that not all of our customers share our political viewpoint. Our aim here is to open civilized dialog and support those members of the community who need all the help they can get. We hope to see all of you here at the Muddy York Brewing Co. Taproom and Bottle Shop. We’d be happy to discuss any of this with you. Over a beer of course.

Fight the good fight,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

I doff my cap to you, Haberdasher Hefeweizen

How-do-you-do?

Perhaps you’ve noticed an uptick in warmer days? Got a nagging craving for a light, flavourful, golden-hued Hefeweizen? Well, friend-o, we’ve got you covered. Our Haberdasher Hefeweizen has returned, and pedals in all the hallmarks of a traditional German Weissbier: banana, a touch of clove, cloudy appearance and a soft finish. It will dress up even the dullest of days; transporting you and your mates to the summers of yore. Top-hats and fascinators optional.

Here’s hoping you’re all having an amazing summer.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

p.s.

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You’d better call home to say you’ll be missing dinner.

Howdy!
Now that our tap room and beer garden are semi-officially open, we’ve decided to extend our hours so that you’ll have more time and opportunity to visit us, try some beers, sit in the garden, and chew the fat with friends, strangers, and your friendly neighbourhood brewery staff.

Beginning this week our new hours will be:
Monday: 11am – 4pm
Tuesday: 11am– 6pm
Wednesday: 11am –6pm
Thursday: 11am –8pm
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday:11am – 8pm
Sunday: Closed

Come in and say hi. And drink beer. That’s why we’re staying open later. So you can drink more beer.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Canada Day: Drink Some Real Canadian Beer 🍁

Canada Day is upon us. Got your plans sorted? Whatever you’re doing, Muddy York has you covered. We’ve got Storm Glass, our tropical storm of an IPA, back in the fridge. We’ve got growlers, and Diving Horse and Pavilion Pale Ales, Hazy Affair Hoppy Wheat, Muddy York Porter and Gaslight Helles Lager. We’ve got our new beer garden ready for you to enjoy, as well as four beers on tap.

So, come on down to the retail shop for some bottles, or have a 12oz pour of something cold and delicious at the bar or in the beer garden.

Happy Birthday Canada and Happy Beer Drinking, you.

Cheers,
Muddy York Brewing Co.

Canada Day Weekend Hours:
Friday: 11am - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

Hazy Affair: A Hoppy American Love Story

We met last summer. Or was it a dream. I knew she’d reappear. I’ve found myself coming back to this field of American golden wheat; almost involuntarily. It’s like muscle memory. Is she an apparition? Lying here, submerged, an impressionist’s countryside as far as the eyes can see. I smell her perfume. Ample white grapefruit with just a hint of lemon. Her skin, a hazy straw colour, with a foamy head I’d never forget. I knew she’d reappear. She told me I could call her Sorachi Ace and Galaxy. I’m reminded how we could talk all day, crushing each sessionable conversation as if the words were speaking themselves. We kept it light and crisp at first, but once we got chatting, the complexity revealed itself. We just kept on talking, all summer long, a conversation as old as ourselves. Blurring the lines between the real, the imagined, the future, and the past. She had a lingering bitterness wrapped up in a bouquet of summer air. It was intoxicating. I knew she’d reappear.

Hazy Affair Hoppy Wheat. Available in the bottle shop now. 4.5%, 21 IBU, making all your summer dreams come true.

Ward 4: A New Hop

A long time ago, in a brewery far, far away…

Actually, we bottled these suckers this morning, and we’re located in East York, but this new entry in our Ward Series could make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Ward 4: Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale, made exclusively with Nelson Sauvin hops (help me Nelson Sauvin, you’re my only hop) and Canadian barley, really showcases the terroir of both; bringing out white grape, soft fruit, and grapefruit flavours.

When 5.6% ABV and 50 IBUs you reach…look as good you will not.

Come pick some up from the bottle shop while you’re out looking for power converters at Toshi Station.

May the 4th be with you, and the Ward 4 too.

From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

Plank Road Baltic Porter

Salutations craft beer lovers!

We are very excited for our special event this week to celebrate our 2nd year anniversary, as well as the release of a new beer. On Thursday, February 9th from 6pm-2am, Muddy York will be taking over 9 taps at Lake Inez, a recently opened restaurant and bar at 1471 Gerrard St. E. in Toronto. We really hope you can join us!

To mark the occasion, we concocted a new brew called Plank Road Baltic Porter. This is a stronger, more refined version of a porter that comes in at 8.8%. We’ve lagered this beer for over 2 months at just above freezing, to produce a very smooth and mellow character despite it’s higher ABV. It has a silky, full body with plenty of malt character. This character is complimented by a noticeable vinous quality with notes of cocoa and sweet coffee, finishing with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Taste this new beauty at Lake Inez first!

Now, a little background on plank roads in our fine city. Plank roads were once dirt and mud paths that were covered with wooden planks. Built for wagons, it was a great improvement in transportation, often built by turnpike companies (i.e., first examples of toll roads!!!) The Don and Danforth Plank Road Company built Danforth Ave in 1851, connecting it to Broadview Ave and creating a viable route to surrounding communities.

Hoping to see you all soon!
From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

2nd Year of Beer

Happy New Year!

Please join us as we celebrate our 2-year anniversary at our new favourite east-end spot Lake Inez on Thursday, February 9th. If you haven't checked this place out yet, we promise you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be transported into a cozy, elegant space with no shortage of nostalgia. Chef Robbie Hojilla Asian-inspired bar food is a delicious mix of large and small sharing plates and the beer taps are impressive, not to mention beautiful (the glass mural is exquisite!) We are lucky enough to hold 9 taps that night and we will also be unveiling a brand new anniversary brew, our Plank Road Baltic Porter for the very first time! You don’t want to miss this. We would really love to thank and congratulate our friends at The Wren (also at the helm of Lake Inez) for all the support they’ve shown us over the last two years.

Big News! A first step to building our taproom is underway this week. We are polishing the concrete floors so if you plan on visiting us, please excuse the dust! We are going to keep the retail shop open all week for you but there might be a few moments we need to keep out of the worker’s way. Perhaps some kind of craft beer walk-up window should be implemented? Lol.

Hoping to see you all soon!
From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.