Highlander Brew Co. is located in South River, in the Almaguin Highlands region from which Highlander takes its name. The brewery is on the northern edge of Algonquin Park, making Highlander one of the most northerly craft breweries in Ontario. Highlander began operations in 2009 when Brewmaster Brian Wilson made the brewery’s first beer, a traditional Scottish Ale. Using four varieties each of malt and hops, and cracking barley on site to ensure freshness, Highlander was soon a favourite of the region.
Highlander has expanded its line with the addition of Blacksmith Smoked Porter and Lion Grass, as ell as a number of seasonal and collaboration beers. Currently, Highlander beers can be purchased in well over a hundred LCBO stores and many restaurants throughout Ontario. The brewery is open year round for retail sales, sampling and tours.