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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.

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.

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.

The Five “P” Sandwich Pop-Up

When he’s not catering his superb Spanish and Mediterranean specialties around town, Chef Arato of Pimentón is often seen selling his local, seasonal dishes at the Evergreen Brickworks' Saturday Farmers Market. We’re super excited that he'll be bringing a fantastic sandwich creation right to the brewery this Saturday, Nov. 25th from 1-4pm. The scrumptious "Five P Sandwich" features Muddy York Porter-braised pulled pork, slow-cooked for six hours and served on a homemade brioche bun. The vegetarian option will be a “Pisto” sandwich. Pisto is a Spanish dish, similar to ratatouille, made with eggplants, zucchinis, peppers, tomato sauce, and pickled onions. So join us at the brewery for a pint and bring your appetite.

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.

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.

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.

Roller Boat I.P.A. Rolls Back Into Rotation

Hello, craft beer enthusiasts!

We’re often asked what inspires the names of our beers. The answer, by and large, is the unusual stories we find digging around the Toronto archives and the articles we come across in Toronto-centric blogs, newspapers, and magazines. There seems to be no shortage of peculiarities from the past! Take Roller Boat I.P.A. for instance, this was named after a bizarre cigar-shaped vessel from the late nineteenth century meant to glide over waves thus reducing sea-sickness. The Roller Boat raised many eyebrows with its giant paddle and stationary inner cabin. Sadly we can’t say that the Roller Boat succeeded to revolutionize water travel, as it was abandoned and remains buried under what was once Toronto’s shoreline. But we are happy to say that Roller Boat I.P.A. with it’s juicy, citrusy flavours is back in the rotation as of this weekend! Come take a ride into the world of beautiful west coast hops.

Grab one at our retail bottle shop or you may find them on tap at some of the fine establishments that carry Muddy York.

Cheers!

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.

The Great Toronto Stork Derby Stout

Salutations local craft beer supporters!

This is possibly one of the most bizarre stories we’ve read about Toronto’s history; The Great Toronto Stork Derby. It all started when a rich Toronto lawyer and financier, Charles Vance Millar died in 1926. With no children or close relatives to leave his fortune to, he composed a peculiarly outlandish last will and testament. Of the many clauses contained in his will – for instance leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in O’Keefe brewery stock to six protestant ministers who supported prohibition – the most controversial was awarding the rest of his fortune to the Toronto woman who gave birth to the most children over the next decade. No one is quite sure why, possibly just an elaborate practical joke or a way of ridiculing the provincial law banning birth control, the “Derby” had many Depression era families vying for the prize money. In the end, with many criticisms and legal challenges, the money was split evenly between four mothers, each giving birth to 9 babies over 10 years.

Our Stork Derby Stout is dark with heavily roasted flavors and aromas. With notes of mocha, vanilla and chestnut this stout has a silky smooth mouth-feel with an espresso-like finish. Deeply satisfying, this stout is exactly what you’d expect from a MYBC offering. Nothing strange or controversial about it!

Count-Down to Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, eh!

First off, we at Muddy York Brewing Co. are really proud to be Canadian, it's truly the greatest country on earth, in our humble opinion! We are also super proud to be your independent, local brewery. It was only one short year ago, on Canada Day, that we hosted our first pop-up retail bottle-shop. As we've grown, we can now serve you on a full-time basis and we'll be open for Canada Day again!

Canada Day Weekend Hours:
Thursday June 30th - 11am - 7pm
Friday July 1st - 11am - 4pm
Saturday July 2nd - closed
Sunday July 3rd - closed

What will we have on offer? I know many of you have been asking for the return of our Muddy York Porter. We've heard you, and we'll have some bottled up! Also returning to the retail store is our Ward 3: Chinook Pale Ale. This is a single malt, single hop Pale Ale with 100% Canadian barley malt and 100% Ontario grown Chinook hops from VQH Farms. If that isn't Canada Day in a glass, I don't know what is. Along with those two exciting beers, we'll have our customer favourite Gaslight Helles and always refreshing Haberdasher Hefeweizen.

Cheers and have an excellent weekend!

From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

P.S.
We also want to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Pride Weekend. #loveislove

 

New Collaboration Beers; The Commonwealth Series

Salutations!

We’re stoked to announce our new line-up of collaboration beers this spring dubbed the Commonwealth Series. We’ve invited a few fellow craft brewers from the industry in to create a beer ‘Commonwealth’ of sorts. Why? Well, brewers have been sharing knowledge for centuries and collective brewing elevates quality for everyone involved. Working together for the common good is a key part of any successful community, and we want to contribute to that ideal!

The line-up includes ‘Buck 10’ a big Imperial Amber with 110 IBUs by Jeremy Coghill, owner of Lansdowne Brewery, ‘The Borough’ a citrusy American Pale Ale by the co-owner of The Borough gastro pub, Richard Zimmerman and a delightful Extra Special Bitter by homebrewer and GTA Brews club member, David Green called ‘Muddy Beagle’ (named after his adorable beagle pup). A fourth beer will be brewed in the coming weeks with Richard Sigesmund of The General Brewing Co. A 10% Imperial Stout named ‘Inkwell’ which debuted at last years Cask Days festival. We’ll be aging this one for 6 months in preparation for a special release sometime before Christmas.

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

p.s. If you're attending Society of Beer Drinking Ladies’ Bevy0026, you’ll get a sneak peak of Muddy Beagle E.S.B. on cask!!