I nearly stopped by the Haliburton Highlands Brewery last fall on my way to the Northern Muskokas, but due to time constraints, I couldn’t.

I made up for that at the Toronto Craft Beer Festival back on June 23 and stopped by their booth to try out one of the core beers.

The Honey Brown Ale is a tasty English style brown ale with a nice malty taste with a hint of honey which is locally sourced in the Haliburton region.

This is a mid-brown ale you can drink any season. There is a hop presence but the malts used making this a great beer for those who don’t like bitter IPA’s.

The Honey Brown Ale is the beer I would hand to friends who would be curious about darker ales and would look for a nice gateway and for beer fans looking for a well balanced and executed brown ale.

Culinary wise I would serve the Honey Brown Ale with grilled meat and hamburgers.

And now for the bad news, you can really only find Honey Brown Ale at the brewery two hour’s drive north east of Toronto, local restaurants and bars in the Haliburton region, select LCBO locations in cottage country, Ottawa, and Hamilton of all places.

I plan to stop by the brewery this fall on my annual trip north this time.


  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: 25
  • Style: American Brown Ale
  • Taste: Honey, Oats, Hops
  • Rating: 4.2/5
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Bill Smith is a storyteller, writer, blogger, photography geek, ski bum, explorer and outdoors enthusiast. He has been seen in Toronto, Oakville and off the beaten path. Favourite beers include well-brewed IPAs, brown ales, porters and pale ales.
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