Muskoka Brewery to withdraw from “New West Partnership” provinces

Bracebridge, Ontario – Muskoka Brewery has made a announcement in response to the Alberta government’s tax increase for craft brewers that operate outside of the New West Partnership, Muskoka Brewery will wind down operations in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan by the end of 2015. 


Muskoka Brewery to withdraw from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan

MUSKOKA – Like many Canadian independent craft brewers, on October 29 Muskoka Brewery was shocked and disappointed by the Alberta government’s decision to increase the tax rate for craft brewers outside of the New West Partnership. The tax increase has created unacceptable conditions for all craft brewers that operate outside of the New West Partnership and wish to sell beer in Alberta. As a direct result of this, Muskoka Brewery will wind down operations in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan by the end of 2015.

“We have remarkable customer support and sales momentum in these markets,” says
Gary McMullen, president and founder of Muskoka Brewery. “Up until this new
legislation was announced, we had no intention of leaving. In fact, we had plans to widen
our footprint based on the growing demand for our beers. We’re sorry to leave our
friends and supporters, but with this new tax increase it’s now unsustainable to sell our
beer in these provinces.”

“We won’t sit idly by and condone a decision that’s a major step back for the craft beer industry.”  As a leader in the Canadian craft beer scene for almost 20 years, Muskoka Brewery has always strived to foster a sense of camaraderie and collaboration among all craft brewers. “We are fully committed to continuing to grow the true Canadian craft beer industry, and we will work closely with like-minded craft brewers to get these protectionist measures rolled back. We can’t allow this setback to divide the Canadian craft brewing community.”

“We’d like to sincerely thank our customers for their support and passion for us, and we’ll
be back when these trade barriers are squashed.” says McMullen.

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