Muskoka Moonlight Kettle Series: Cool As A Cuke

Whenever Val and I go for a massage, I always try the flavored water they have at the spa. I’m especially excited if I see that it’s cucumber water. Let’s see how a cucumber beer is.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “Muskoka Brewery (the word cottage has been dropped) is a craft brewing company (Microbrewery) founded in June, 1996 as a very small operation by Gary McMullen and (the late) Kirk Evans. By 2016, it had increased to 130 employees in a facility that is over 70,000 square feet in size. The company manufactures a line of beers, including Cream Ale, Mad Tom IPA, Dark, Craft Lager, Detour and the new Muskoka Shinnicked Stout. Their products are sold at the brewery at 1964 Muskoka Beach Road, Bracebridge, Ontario, at select pubs and restaurants (in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia) and at the LCBO outlets and The Beer Store. According to Gary McMullen, ‘They’re almost entirely unfiltered … made with natural ingredients, no preservatives and handcrafted to final perfection.’ Their product have won many awards, most recently (2016) from The World Beer Championships, the Canadian Brewing Awards, and the US Open Beer Championship. In early 2017, Muskoka Brewery was named one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2016 by Waterstone Human Capital. Muskoka Brewery is a member of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association.”

Random: This is the first beer that I’ve tried from the brewery.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the body. The body was clear and straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was mild with cucumber water and not much else. The taste started with light grain and cucumber. It then went into lemongrass and a touch of citrus hops. The body was light and didn’t have enough carbonation. It had a clean finish with fresh cucumbers. This beer was $2 a bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. I had no problem drinking this beer, I just wish it had more depth and more carbonation.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0