Algonquin Beers

Unfortunately for myself, I happened to spend the greater part of my summer working in a dry staff house. The job and the physical environment were both bold and refreshing, yet the allan’s apple juice was bland and reminded me of cavities. In other words, the beverages consumed over in Algonquin Park left a lot to be desired.

However, the odd chance that I had visitors come up to see me and the many trails in the park let possibilities open for traveling to different restaurants and sampling some of the local brews that were offered in central Ontario, specifically within the Muskoka and Haliburton areas. Over my two month duration, I sampled several different beers, all of which I will summarize briefly for you.

1. Upper Canada Dark Ale: This beer gets top ratings out of the 3 that I sampled. Although the Upper Canada brewery is based in Guelph, it was offered at around 50% of the restaurants that I happened to visit. This beer is superb, bold and refreshing with the optium amount of palate-tingling spice. After drinking this, you feel like you just drank a beer, not a watered down mass produced bi-product of fermentation that somehow gets called beer and gains the appreciation of far too many misled beer drinkers. In conclusion, a great beer that I could keep on drinking for the whole night through. 3.5 heads.

2. Muskoka Brewery Cream Ale: This was a very local brew, and seemed to be quite popular with all the locals because it was advertised as being ‘the taste of cottage country’. If this beer did represent the taste of cottage country, it comes up a bit short in my opinion. I think jumping off the dock on a sunny day into the frigid glacial waters of a northern lake surrounded by wind-swept conifers deserves a much more refreshing, full bodied ale. I have to say it was creamy, and went down rather smooth so it definitely deserves credit for that. I would get this beer if there was nothing better on the menu than the standard budd, rickards, keiths, blue and coors. Also the pint I was served was about as carbonated as the lake I was drinking it beside. Flat as the Prairies. 2.5 heads.

3. Lake of Bales Pale Ale: Quite similar to the Upper Canada Dark Ale, but not as good. 3 heads.

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One Response

  1. I often go to restaurants up in the Muskoka area and indeed your best and only choice is the Muskoka ales over the buds and blues of the northern world. I usually get the Muskoka Dark Ale, since its the only beer on tap that isn’t completely transparent with a slight yellowish tint. It is also a flat beer that yields very little brilliance or excitement. It tastes like a good porter that has been watered down and left open in the fridge for two days.

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