We're very excited to announce that we'll be taking part in the 61st Annual East York Canada Day Festival as the exclusive beer vendor. Visit the beer garden July 1st between 1 and 9:30pm and drink some locally-made craft beer and eat amazing Texas BBQ by Beach Hill Smokehouse. The Festival kicks off at 10am with a parade from Dieppe Park to Stan Wadlow Park; where you'll find fun for the whole family, as well as food, crafts, entertainment, and fireworks. See you there East York. For more info check out eycdc.ca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.