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Brews News: Muskoka Brewery offerings make us think of summer

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Wayne Newton  •  Special to Postmedia News Hazed and Confused IPA, Muskoka Mimosa and Chance of Flowers are three warm-weather outdoor brunch companions from cottage country's Muskoka Brewery. (BARBARA TAYLOR/The London Free Press) Hazed and Confused IPA, Muskoka Mimosa and Chance of Flowers are three warm-weather outside brunch companions from cottage nation’s Muskoka Brewery. (BARBARA TAYLOR/The London Free Press)

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Champing on the bit to get to cottage nation? There are methods to get there with out breaking the previous few days of our newest COVID-19 lockdown.

Nothing brings you to a Canadian summer state of thoughts like Muskoka — each the district highlighted by cities like Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville and the favored craft brewery of the identical identify.

Opened in 1996 — infants born that 12 months at the moment are prime beer shoppers — and now on its second possession partnership, Muskoka Brewery continues to innovate and keep on pattern in methods its two founders won’t have imagined.

Such as a mimosa in a can, a foray into glowing berry-flavoured vodka coolers, and beer with flowers.

Everyone from Molson Coors to good nanobreweries (even Brewlab London dabbled), see gross sales in these sweet coolers popularized by White Claw.

Muskoka is polling its followers to assist determine which of its arduous glowing waters will graduate from its bottle store and on-line retailer to the LCBO and different retailers. The decisions are peach and black currant, pineapple and raspberry, coconut and lime, or lemon and subject berry.

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Muskoka Mimosa — you possibly can combine your personal with a Belgian-style saison and contemporary orange juice — is a handy and refreshing brunch accomplice excellent for the nice and cozy days forward. Heck, it will be a celebratory and civilized alternative for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to serve at his Muskoka cottage at Port Sydney.

A graduate of the brewery’s Moonlight Kettle recipe experiments, Muskoka Mimosa is extremely carbonated to provide it a fizzy champagne vibe. There’s heaps of orange flavour and a few bitterness. It’s brewed with Chinook hops and advised meals pairings embrace bacon, sausage or French toast. Its ABV is 4.8 per cent.

Muskoka Mimosa is offered by the brewery and on the LCBO priced at $3.65 for a 473-millilitre can. Don’t be dissuaded by a bitter one-star evaluate on the LCBO web site that compares it to a combination of latex gloves and flavoured fluoride foam on the dentist’s workplace.

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Chance of Flowers, additionally a graduate of Moonlight Kettle, is a creation of a brewer, buying agent and gross sales rep. It options hibiscus as a flavour infuser in a German-style kolsch beer. You ought to choose up notes of honey sweetness on this crisp, clear sipper. They used Magnum and Mistral hops, the latter a brand new selection from France that provides floral and fruity sweetness.

One meals pairing suggestion is quiche, which follows on the beer-at-brunch theme if a beermosa isn’t your model.

Chance of Flowers is on the LCBO and different retailers for $3.95 per tall boy can.

If beers with flowers, with oranges, or arduous glowing water don’t tempt you, worry not. Muskoka, house of the long-lasting Mad Tom, nonetheless creates new takes on IPAs, the heartbeat of craft breweries virtually in every single place.

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One worthy of lots of summertime love is Hazed and Confused, the juicy IPA first seen in 2017 and graduating to a full-time spot on the board two years later. If you’re having a deck, dock or patio brunch that includes a spinach salad with goat cheese and mandarin oranges, that is your beverage accomplice.

MORE MUSKOKA BEERS

There are multiple craft brewery pleasing patrons within the municipality of Muskoka. Sawdust City beers have legions of followers. Its latest, accessible on-line or on the brewery, is Patio Nights Sangria Hibiscus Pale Ale. Brewers added sangria hibiscus tea steeped for a day to the beer brewed with Mosaic and Galaxy hops. Lake of Bays has Tropical Twister coming to the LCBO and accessible now by the brewery. Tropical Twister is a summery gentle 3.7 per cent alcohol cherry and lemon-lime bitter.

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BOTTLE DRIVE

Desperate to get its iconic inexperienced bottles returned to allow them to be cleaned and refilled, Steam Whistle has launched Operation Bottle Drive. They’ll choose up empties from porches and driveways within the GTA and are on the lookout for bottles to be returned through The Beer Store elsewhere. Pandemic restrictions have slowed bottle returns and the ordering of new bottles, making a double-whammy. Those bottles will be refilled 45 to 50 occasions. Don’t consign them to your blue field.

NEW AND NOTED

Cowbell Brewing in Blyth has entered the seltzer ring with three flavours: black cherry lemonade, lime cucumber mint, and pink grapefruit cranberry. Think Sea Breeze cocktail for that pink grapefruit cranberry entry. The lime cucumber mint arduous seltzer was impressed by a Cuban mojito.

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London Brewing has two phrases for summer days: Heritage Wit. It’s been half of the roster because the brewery offered growlers and Boston rounds throughout pop-ups on the Root Cellar. There’s a contemporary batch that includes heritage wheat varieties grown domestically, able to introduce of us to phrases like unmelted emmer, einkorn, pink fife, and spelt.

There’s a brand new bitter at Half Hours on Earth in Seaforth. Zombie Fires is a 7.2 per cent alcohol beer brewed with raspberry, mango, cinnamon and vanilla. The brewery sells 355 ml cans for $5.49.

Wayne Newton is a contract journalist primarily based in London.

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