4 Spots To Get Your Sip On In Muskoka

It isn’t a cottage weekend unless the fridge is fully stocked and you crack a cold one on the dock. This summer, you can fly to Muskoka and savour even more time outdoors while enjoying a beverage from the region’s great breweries. More of a wine lover? We’ve got that covered, too. Here are the four spots you’ll want to take a detour for in Muskoka. 

Sawdust Brewery
397 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst; sawdustcitybrewing.com

With a Canadian-made brewhouse, Sawdust Brewery in Gravenhurst has a 20,000 square foot. facility, including a retail store and The Saloon, their own bar featuring 18 draught lines, trivia and bingo nights, and live music every Saturday evening. Sawdust has six year-round beers, including the popular Little Norway Pale Lager and Lone Pine West Coast IPA. This summer, try their seasonal flavours like the Jalapeno Lime Kettle Sour, or Patio Nights, a sangria hibiscus tart ale. Interested in the brewing process? Stop by for a tour on Saturdays.

Photo credit: Emily Gilgan

Lake of Bays Brew Co.
2681 Muskoka District Road 117, Baysville; lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Located close to the South Muskoka River in Baysville, Lake of Bays Brew Co. offers a large selection of beers that are perfect for summer drinking. Visit the brewery and taste for yourself on their colourful patio, or head over to their Huntsville brewpub. With refreshing flavours like the Red Sky At Night Peach Cranberry Radler, or the classic Spark House Red Ale, there’s something for every palate.

Photo credit: Matt Marion and Kailee Mandel

Muskoka Brewery
1964 Muskoka Beach Rd, Bracebridge; muskokabrewery.com

This brewery in the heart of Muskoka has been providing cottage country with craft beers since 1996, including their classic craft lager and the well-loved Detour, a lighter, easy-drinking beer. They’ve expanded their offering to include IPAs, a sour, and even pre-mixed gin and tonics with their Docker collection. Visit the Tap Room for a sample, and if you need to quench the thirst of a larger party, they offer keg delivery with their Dockside Draught program.

Muskoka Lakes Winery
1074 Cranberry Rd, Bala; cranberry.ca

Beginning as a cranberry farm in the 1950s, Muskoka Lakes Winery started making fruit-forward wines in 2000. Located in Bala, there’s lots to do when you visit: enjoy wine tastings, hiking, or take the Bog to Bottle Discovery tour and follow the cranberries as they journey from peat bog to wine. Finish the day with a glass on the patio paired with a cheese plate before stocking up on their Cranberry or Blueberry Wine in the shop. Try their latest offering too, the Cliff Jump Cranberry Cider.