Food Pairings

Food Pairings

The journey of pairing Beer & Food largely depends on personal preference, but below are some of our favourite Muskoka Beer & Food pairings to get you thinking about flavour matching. As well, we have highlighted our brewery staff's personal picks. Tried and tested.

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Muskoka Detour

Muskoka Detour

Muskoka's Detour will lead you to experience food and craft beer like never before.We took a left turn from a normal IPA, dry-hopping it to create a truly sessionable brew with a rewarding aroma, big hop flavours and clean finish.

Detour blackberry steak, with goat feta risotto (submitted by Daniel White) - click here!


Garden Salad:

For your first course, try a fresh Garden Salad with Peach or Mango. The fresh flavours and ingredients of the salad will pair nicely.

Detour Bread:

Thanks to 49th Parallel Group for sending through this tasty recipe for some Detour bread!
Get the recipe here!

Thai Mango Chicken:

Thai Mango Chicken brushed with a mild to medium sauce is a unique and rewarding pairing.

Sesame Chicken Salad:

Thinly sliced Napa cabbage with grilled, marinated breast of chicken, toasted almonds, crisp wontons, red bell peppers, green onions, mandarin oranges, sesame seeds and sweet sesame dressing is a dish that is well worth a try with Detour.

Shrimp Cocktail:

Shrimp cocktail has some great flavours that you won't want to over power. Detour will balance the flavours of the shrimp while standing up to the sauce.

Steak Marinade (video):

Stir Fried Brussel Sprouts:

Clams and Bacon:

Muskoka Cream Ale

Muskoka Cream Ale

Refreshingly hopped with a wonderful malt balance.

Roasted Chicken:

The roasted caramel flavours from a roasted chicken blend very nicely with the malty sweetness of our Muskoka Cream Ale.

BBQ/Smoked Ribs:

Maybe the perfect pairing for Muskoka Cream Ale. The tang of the BBQ sauce pairs extremely well with the select malts and hops in our British Style Cream Ale.

Montreal Smoked Meat:

Intense meats are best paired with bold malty beers that can stand up to the rich flavours. Our Muskoka Cream Ale provides the body and malt character that nicely complements dishes with Montreal Smoked Meat.

Grilled Salmon:

Salmon is a pretty oily fish and it required a beer that can withstand and complement it. Muskoka Cream Ale is the perfect complement for grilled salmon because the hops cut through the oil while the malt ties in nicely with the grilled flavour.

Shinnicked Stour

Shinnicked Stout

Rich, velvety stout infused with Muskoka Roastery’s Signature Lumberjack coffee.

Dark Chocolate Truffles:

The cocoa notes in the stout are amplified when accompanied with the rich cocoa of a truffle, while the slight bitterness of dark chocolate is balanced by the velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

Coffee + coffee = a perfect pairing; smooth oatmeal stout infused with Muskoka Roastery’s Lumberjack roast and a cinnamon coffee cake. You can’t lose with the sweet spice of cinnamon and brown sugar in the cake, combined with dark roasted notes of coffee for a well-balanced treat.

Camembert Cheese:

A natural pairing is a creamy, buttery camembert with a velvety smooth stout. The nutty coating is cut by the moderately dry finish of the stout. Top the cheese with a strawberry spread to play into the subtle sweetness of the stout

Hickory Smoked Ham:

Think salty-sweet; this delightful contrast of flavours is tried and true. The subtle sweet undertone and dark roasted notes in the stout are enhanced by rich smoky flavours in the pork

Muskoka Mad Tom IPA

Muskoka Mad Tom IPA

Dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops, this IPA has a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour, and crisp citrusy undertow like no other.

Spicy Dishes:

The intense amount of hops in this beer cut through spicy flavours really well. A spicy curry is a classic pairing for this beer, but also think jerk spice, wasabi and your favourite spicy gourmet wings.

Smoked Fish:

Smoked fish like salmon or trout have a delicate, yet rich flavour. The variety of hops we chose in Mad Tom IPA provide a great contrast to the flavours of smoked fish.


We'll leave this one to you. Build your favourite burger with some unique and flavourful toppings - bacon, old cheddar, avocado...etc. The hoptitude of Mad Tom IPA will compliment some of the flavours and will cleanse your palette between bites. The best of both worlds! Email us your favourite burger combo or post it on our Facebook page.

Sharp Cheese:

Sharp and artisanal cheeses are a great compliment.

Muskoka Twice as Mad Tom IPA


An aggressively twice dry-hopped Imperial India Pale Ale that delivers a definitive hop aroma and unabashedly big bold flavor.

Grilled Meats

The big bold flavor of Twice As Mad Tom pairs well with grilled meats smothered in sweet barbeque sauce. The bitterness of the hops captures the carmelization of the meat and accents the sweet flavour in the sauce.

Indian Cuisine
The marriage between Double IPA’s and Indian cuisine  dates back to the late 1700’s when English brewers would ship beer from England to India for the troops to enjoy.
Twice as Mad Tom is no different from its ancestors. The intense hop profile cuts through spicy flavours and accents  medium – hot curry chicken or chicken korma extremely well.

Pulled Pork
The roasted sweet flavour from the meat along with a spicy rub compliments the bold flavor of Twice as Mad Tom.

Sharp Cheese
Sharp cheddar or strong blue cheese is a great pairing with Twice as Mad Tom.  These cheeses have the flavor intensity to hold their own with a Double IP.  The salty cheese plays well to the bitterness of the hops and all of these cheeses leave a creamy, mouth-coating film that the hops and alcohol will clear away.

Muskoka Craft Lager

Muskoka Craft Lager

Like the region it's from, our all-malt Muskoka Craft Lager is a getaway from the average.

Summer Salads:

For your first course, try an avocado and mango salad with a touch of lemon or lime juice. The fresh flavours and ingredients of any summer salad will pair nicely with our Canadian style Muskoka Craft Lager.

Grilled Chicken:

Our humid Canadian summers often call for a refreshing lager, especially when navigating the BBQ. Grilled chicken brushed with your favorite barbeque sauce pairs best with a crisp, ice cold lager. Incredible with sweet potato on the side.

Chicken Fajitas:

Everyone presents fajitas differently, and be creative, but rest assured that our Craft Lager compliments the guacamole, the spicy salsa, the grilled chicken and the cheddar cheese perfectly!

Muskoka Kirby's Kolsch

Kirby's Kolsch

A beer to remember, a taste you'll never forget.

Grilled Pineapple Skewers:

The sweet flavour of pineapple cooked over a grill brings out the peach notes from our Summertime Kolsch. Kolsch beers delightfully contrast with spice and smoke, two flavours that can be brought out in your pineapple skewers by adding some wood chips to your grill.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon:

This combination is like a parade in your mouth, announcing, ‘spring is here!’ The light melon flavour brings out various fruit notes in the kolsch ale, while the prosciutto balances with a salty flavour.

Pork Chops:

Whether you’re bbqing or lathering them in honey or apple sauce, the subtle flavours of pork are a natural complement to this smooth tasting lagered ale. Rather than being overshadowed by the meat dish, a good kolsch will stand up to the flavours and act as a refreshing palate cleanser.

Muskoka Summer Weiss

Muskoka SummerWeiss

Intriguingly delicious Summer Wheat Beer.

Bacon & Eggs; Pancakes & French Toast:

Mornings call for refreshing beers. The natural fruity aromas and flavours of Muskoka Summer Weiss can be a great compliment to a variety of breakfast dishes. Great with bacon & eggs and legendary with pancakes/french toast topped with berries.

Goat Cheese:

Goat cheese has a unique, natural flavour which complements the earthiness of our Summer Weiss.


Fresh tasting beers pair well with the fresh tasting ingredients of guacamole (cilantro, avocado, lime). This is a great pairing for the patio.


Always a summer favorite, lobster's rich sweet flavours are nicely balanced by the bright complexities of our Summer Weiss.

Legendary Oddity

Legendary Oddity

Brewed with a Belgian style in mind this beer pairs perfectly with appetizers, chicken, seafood and more.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip:

Spinach & Artichoke Dip is all about the melted cheese. Legendary Oddity will contrast the distinctive flavours from the cheese and provide balance to this dish. The flavor of the Juniper will complement the artichoke nicely.


There is something to this pairing… We’re not sure what it is, but Legendary Oddity pairs extremely well with the flavour of ginger. If you’re adding ginger to a soup or chicken or pork, be sure to try a glass of Oddity with it.


Avocado, lime, and cilantro are a perfect pairing with Legendary Oddity. The citrus and hint of juniper berries compliment the lime and fresh green cilantro flavors. Unique and rewarding!


A lightly breaded calamari with a splash of lemon pairs well with the crisp citrusy undertone of Legendary Oddity.

Baked White Fish (Tilapia, Pickerel):

This is a very flexible pairing. Bake (or grill) your favourite white fish with some lemon, fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme or dill) and salt and pepper. Legendary Oddity will enhance the flavours of the herbs and will add a unique dynamic to the subtlety of the fish.

Muskoka Brewery Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout - Winter Beard

Winter Beard; Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout

Rich and sturdy with roasted dark chocolate malts, real cocoa, 70% dark chocolate, and freshly harvested local cranberries.


Our Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is a rich and sturdy beer allowing it to complement rich & sweet flavours. The bitterness from the dark chocolate is a beautiful pairing with the cheese and the cranberries are a natural match. Instead of a cup of coffee with your cheesecake, try 6oz of our Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout. You will be pleasantly surprised.


What goes great with chocolate? More chocolate. The dark roasted malt brings out distinct notes in the chocolate and the chocolate evolves the flavours of the beer. It is truly a magical pairing that has a world of possibilities. Pair the beer with fudge, mousse, your favourite chunk of dark chocolate or cake. Each will take on a life of their own when paired with Winter Beard. Go one step further and add in some fresh raspberries, strawberries or cherries.

A Frigid Day:

Is this a food pairing? No. Is it one of the best pairings we recommend? Yes. Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is a beautiful beer for a crisp winter’s day. The chocolate adds comfort, the cranberries contribute to the body and the slightly higher alcohol makes it a perfect beer to sip on during a day outdoors.

Muskoka Harvest Ale

Muskoka Harvest Ale

A bold, hoppy ale with a subtle grassy character reminiscent of the harvest.


Curry is a whirlwind of spices and flavours. The complexity of these dishes call for a sturdy beer that can cut through the heat and add to the dish. Muskoka Harvest Ale acts as an ideal companion to virtually any curry dish. The spicier, the better!

Blue Cheese:

Not for the faint of heart - this is a bold pairing, but a rewarding one. Blue cheeses need a bold and well hopped beer to cleanse the palate. Our Harvest Ale is a great beer to match with this cheese as the intensity of the cheese increases.

Roasted Lamb:

This pairing is going to really depend on the spices used in preparation. If prepared with other big heavy flavours, lean towards our Muskoka Harvest Ale. Excellent with rosemary, thyme and even mint!

Crab Cakes:

With crab cakes you want a beer that won't be overwhelmed by the sweet flavours of the crab. The match depends upon the spiciness of the crab cake and the sauce. Our Harvest Ale has a slightly sweet malt flavour and a predominant hop presence that will match the meat of the crab, but not overpower it. This is also a great pairing if the sauce has some spice to it.


Pesto contains strong olive oil, herbal and nutty flavours meaning a nice hoppy ale will be a great match. The full flavour of our Harvest Ale has the hop bitterness to lift these heavy flavours.

Muskoka Winter Weiss

Muskoka WinterWeiss

Winterweiss (Vice) was developed over a warm cabin fire, filling the void for a flavorful yet sessionable brew to enjoy during a long Winters night.


Soaked in Winter Weiss prior to cooking, Bratwurst is an ideal pairing. The sweeter, toasty malt flavours in Winter Weiss enhance the rich though not strongly flavoured pork.


This veal and bacon sausage seasoned with mace, lemon, and parsley is sure to please alongside Winter Weiss.

Roasted Chicken:

The roasted caramel flavours from the chicken blend very nicely with the malty sweetness of our Winter Weiss.

Goat or Gouda Cheese:

The malts in our Winter Weiss along with hints of clove and banana pair extremely well with a soft-ripened Goat or smoked Gouda.