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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.

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.

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.

Things to do before the long weekend.
  1. Buy beer.

We’ll be open from 11-8 Thursday through Saturday and from 11-6 on Monday - meaning you can accomplish your only important task and buy some delicious beer here at Muddy York. Not going out of town? No problem. Test drive four of our hand-crafted brews in the tap room, or beer garden. We’ll be pouring Gaslight Helles Lager, Muddy York Porter, Storm Glass IPA, and Haberdasher Hefeweizen. Don’t drink beer? We won’t judge you; though we may question why you’re reading this post. Once we’ve straightened that out, we’ll serve you Cold Brew Coffee from Canteen or a selection of Shrub Spritzers from our pals at False Ox.

Come and visit us this weekend so we can help you succeed. Your mission is clear; failure is not an option.

Happy Simcoe Day.

Cheers,

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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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.

Tropical Storms Brewing

Ahoy!

Admiral Robert FitzRoy, the captain of Darwin’s HMS Beagle, invented the storm glass barometer: an instrument that predicts weather conditions by responding to atmospheric fluctuations. Crystals within the sealed glass chamber cluster or disperse when changes in air pressure or temperature are detected. The liquid contained within the storm glass mimics the surrounding climatic conditions; a clear liquid denotes a clear day, cloudy liquid, a cloudy day, small, crystallized stars in clear liquid during winter means snow is imminent.

FitzRoy set the standard for forecasting weather and as a result, fishermen, explorers, and sailors the world over owe him a debt of gratitude. If he were alive today, perhaps he’d think a six-pack of our new Storm Glass I.P.A. a worthy token of thanks.

This late-hopped, New-England style I.P.A. is focused on the flavours and aromas of Equinox and Amarillo hops, elevating their inherent tropical qualities to the forefront. Slightly cloudy, with big passion fruit notes, Storm Glass I.P.A. from Muddy York Brewing Co. won’t predict today’s weather, but we predict it will be in your glass this spring and summer.

Stop by the retail shop to pick up some bottles. Available now.

Wishing you fair winds and calm seas,
From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

P.S.
Muddy York Brewing Co. Taproom Underway! Yes, it's happenning! This summer you will be able to buy your favourite MYBC bottles AND stay and have a pint! Stay tuned to find out when!

 

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.

 

 

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.

Now Available: Two Barrel Aged Seasonal Beers

After many months of waiting, we released a pair of barrel aged beers: Batch #96 Inkwell Imperial Stout and Batch #105 Muddy York Porter. They will be sold through Muddy York Brewing’s retail bottle shop and select bars and restaurants.

Barrel Aged Series Batch #96 - Inkwell Imperial Stout was brewed as part of our Commonwealth Series earlier this year with friend and brewer, Richard Sigesmund. It’s a delicious combination of Pale Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Wheat, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley, Special B and Oak Smoked Wheat malt paired with Columbus hops. This lavish beer has notes of Scotch Whisky, a velvety mouth-feel with a big, roasty, tobacco finish. Aged for 117 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 7.7% and IBUs: 99

Barrel Aged Series Batch #105 - Muddy York Porter is our debut recipe brewed with a combination of UK Pearl, Pale Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, Brown, Medium Crystal and 100% Ontario grown Willamette hops from VQH Farms. It has notes of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla & Scotch Whisky with a soft mouth-feel. Aged for 109 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 5% and IBUs: 21

“What’s exciting for me about launching our barrel-aged series is the opportunity to learn and explore the possibilities of marrying our beers with the unique characteristics that you can get from barrels,” says Jeff Manol, founder and head brewer of Muddy York Brewing Co. “Our goal with each release is to showcase the complexity and smoothness brought out by each individual barrel. It also allows us to channel our creativity and passion into these special releases and learn about the process as we go. These two Macallan barrel aged sippers are as refined as any wine or spirit, and we think it’s a shame that beer doesn’t always share the same image of sophistication, although that is thankfully changing.”

Don't forget about our Holiday Contest! Win a Muddy York Brewing Prize Pack at an estimated value of $95!!! To enter, all you need to do is take a festive photo with a MYBC beer, glass or wearable and upload it to Instagram or Twitter tag us @mybrewingco and use the hashtag #MYBCFestive. We will announce the winner on Thursday, Dec. 22nd.

Have a Happy and Peaceful Holiday and Best Wishes in the New Year!
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!

Do you dare do battle with this holiday hop monster?

Back by popular demand, Dereliction Double IPA makes an appearance in the MYBC retail fridge. This double IPA comes in at a monstrous 225 IBUs with complex hop flavour and a smooth bitterness. We use pounds and pounds of Summit, Simcoe and Centennial to create this very bitter hop beast. Visit our retail bottle shop and slay this holiday hop monster.

For the craft beer lovers on Santa’s nice list, we have glassware, bottle bags, t-shirts, socks, beer soap, hoodies and more!

Enjoy the holiday season,

From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

Commonly Uncommon Brick Maker Common

Howdy!

Commonly uncommon and 100% unique, Brick Maker Common finds it’s way back to the retail store today. What is a Common? The California Common or steam beer style is brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that ferments at ale temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. This yeast provides a beautiful array of fruity esters in the aroma and we’ve balanced this with the woody and sometimes mint flavours of Northern Brewer hops.

If you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping, we also have a selection of merchandise to please all the craft beer lovers in your life. Glassware, t-shirts, socks, beer soap, hoodies and more!

Visit our retail bottle shop or find our brews on tap at some of the fine establishments that carry Muddy York.

Cheers!

From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.

P.S.
This weekend we will also be peddling our goods (but sadly not our beer) at Earl Beatty Public School in support of Holiday in the 'Hood. There will be an artisan market, bake sale, Santa Photos, kids activities and general good cheer! Proceeds support “Play Hard For Our Yard” a revitalization of the school playground.