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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Muskoka Brewery - Mad Tom IPA

Who was Mad Tom? Some say he was a logger from the north who met his fate in the Muskoka's during a poker match. Others say he was a bootlegger who may have decided to venture off the beaten path where he met his demise along a lonely riverbank around Bracebridge. There is one thing about Mad Tom that we can be sure of - he liked his craft beer....and he had a wicked moustache!

Earlier today I posted that Muskoka Brewery would be unveiling a new brand of beer on their Facebook page that would join their Dark Ale, Muskoka Premium Lager (now called Craft Lager) and the Cream Ale in their regular line-up, and Mad Tom IPA made it's debut shortly thereafter.

Described by Muskoka as:
"Inspired by late night stories around the fire, Muskoka Mad Tom will instantly grab your attentnion. Dry-hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops, this IPA has a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp citrusy undertow like no other. So brace yourself, and crack one open for old Mad Tom."

Muskoka floated an IPA on the market for about a month now under the Cabin Fever #1 name, allowing people to get a sneak peek of what was to come. However, the Mad Tom has undergone some minor tweaking according to Muskoka and will be slightly different than previous versions.

The 6.4% and 64 IBU IPA features a variety of hops, including: Chinook, Centennial and Sorachi before being dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial. 355ml bottle six-packs will start hitting select LCBO's in 2 weeks and select Beer Stores in 3 weeks across the province. Draught will also be available throughout the province just in time for the May long weekend.

I also mentioned in the earlier post that Muskoka is not only debuting a new beer, but that they will be releasing all new branding for the entire brewery, including a move back to bottles (though they'll still have cans). A significant undertaking indeed. The new packaging will start appearing in retails stores in the upcoming weeks.

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