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.