Gary McMullen starts his beer journey in home brewing in 1992, and in 1994, convinces Kirk Evans to join him in Muskoka to bring their dream to life. Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery is officially launched at 13 Taylor Road in downtown Bracebridge.
Kirk Evans is involved in a fatal car accident. In August 1996, a sign to persevere comes in the form of a gold medal for Best Canadian Ale at the Canadian Brewing Festival for Cream Ale, Kirk’s recipe, and our first beer.
Gary experiments with different beer styles, adding four new beers to the line-up, including today’s favourites, Craft Lager and Summerweiss.
Our one millionth bottle rolls off the line
Bob MacDonald, investor and Cream Ale fan, breaths new life into Muskoka as part-owner.
Mad Tom IPA launches, leading the charge as one of the first IPAs in Ontario
We move to our new home on Muskoka Beach Road, which comes with an increased capacity of 5x our Taylor Road location.
We hit 25,000hL of beer brewed for the first time
Detour hits the shelves as the first Session IPA in Ontario, quickly becoming our most popular beer.
To promote beer education and innovation at the Brewery, we create our Moonlight Kettle Series limited release brew program.
We launch Dockside Draught, delivering kegs of beer to homes and cottages across Muskoka.
We dip our toes south of the border and begin distributing Muskoka brews in Western NY.
Shinnicked Stout is born! Our first full time stout, showcasing a great local partnership with Muskoka Roastery.
We reach 100 full-time employees, and announce Muskoka Brewery will be the first Canadian brewery to adopt a Living Wage for all staff.
We partner with Evergreen and donate more than $40,000 to water conservation projects across Ontario.
Gary leaves Muskoka Brewery to pursue new endeavors, and passes the torch to Todd Lewin, former VP Sales and Marketing, and current President of Muskoka Brewery. Together, Todd and Bob MacDonald are leading Muskoka Brewery to an exciting future.
We’ve added Craft Lager and Detour 6x355mL packs to our lineup; Proud to be the first brewery in Canada using the CanCollar™
Today, we are constantly looking forward to support innovation and leadership within the industry. We are now sold in most provinces across Canada and are looking to widen our reach even more. We strive to lead the beer industry and freshness, and educate consumers on the importance of quality beer. We have taken steps through the years to reduce our environmental impact through sustainable packaging and continue to look for new innovations in this field. Programs like our Moonlight Kettle Series support brewery education and allow us to explore new styles and market trends.
We seek to better ourselves, to better serve you!