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You can bet more than one conversation at the upcoming Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival in Ontario’s cottage country this August long weekend will spark some spirited debate as to whether, rather than celebrating a dude* who ran the province centuries ago (anyone…? anyone…? Buelller…?), we might instead raise our glasses to Canada’s favourite beverage – beer.
Hard to argue against such a notion when you spend the day with 25+ eclectic craft breweries on the shores of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge to sample some of the finest brews in production today (including those from local favourites Muskoka Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing Co., Highlander Brew Co., and Lake of Bays Brewing Co.) – all the while toasting the arrival of the Dog Days of summer.
Ponder the possibility of a new name for the weekend as you sip along to the legendary tunes (and brass section) of iconic Canadian rockers, Lighthouse, and the modern melodies of fellow headliners The Strumbellas and Madison Violet. Throw some ideas out there in between sets by the Cottage Country Comedy Festival, and whenever tons of cool bands take a break from performing on one of two stages. Chew on the potential for a do-over name while you chew on tasty morsels prepared by foodie vendors like 3 Guys and a Stove, The Griffin Gastropub, One Fifty-Five Restaurant & Market, All Fired Up Woodstove Pizzas, and the Main Street Deli.
With epic lawn games to enjoy, “beer school” to teach you a few things, BROGA (or beer yoga) to blow your mind, and The Brewmasters’ Olympics to entertain, at Session Muskoka you’re likely to join the argument for renaming Ontario’s Civic Long Weekend to something that celebrates exceptional beer, sweet tunes, de-lish food, and Muskoka’s unbeatable scenery.
We rest our case. The Session Muskoka holiday it is.
To get your tickets to the Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival, click here.
To plan your stay in the great Canadian wilderness, click here.
*dude was Lord Simcoe.