Published Date

March 17, 2020

We are almost through March. The long dark winter days are ending. Winter is not the best time in the beer business. However we have been able to take part in several events such as the Burlington Winter Beer Festival, The Sequin Sled Dog Mail Run and others. We appreciate very much that many members of our community continue to utilize our event space, including service clubs such as The South River Lions Club, Almaguin Chamber of Commerce, EMS training sessions, The South River tourism development group, South River/Machar Public Library, Yoga classes, and the many local musicians who have presented concerts at the brewery. 


You have brightened our winter.

Please respect the precautions of health officials and be safe,


We do disinfect all brewing equipment and do ATP testing (a test that measures actively growing microorganisms) to ensure cleanliness. All beer cans are cleaned during the packaging process . We have implemented the use of latex gloves when packing online orders.


We will be cancelling all brewery tours until further notice due to the fact COVID-19 can live up to 3 days on stainless steel.


Highlander plans to continue working through the current COVID-19 crisis. Those of you who have visited our brewery know that cleanliness and health and safety have always been our priority. If it puts you at ease and you do not wish to go to the LCBO or the Beer Store to get beer you can order on line and we will pay delivery charges to your house on a case of 24 ($7.00 delivery charge for lesser quantities) .

You can also order on line and send beer to someone else in the province of Ontario.

We had a great time taking part of the Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run. The Seguin Sled Dog Mail run has taken place every year in Frebruary since 1965. “Sledvelopes” with letters prepared especially for this event are gathered, loaded onto sleds and hauled by several dog teams to Rosseau, 17 km through the bush on groomed trails. We made a special beer for the event. It was well received. We all had a great time.

We want to introduce you to Ms. Kaitlin Neideck, who is an apprentice Brewer at Highlander. Ms. Neideckcomes to us from Australia. She moved to South River several years ago. She has enrolled in the diploma program operated on line by CTS Career College Brewer Technician Programme 

Ms. Neideck will complete the on line section and the on site training by mid summer. She already has undertaken several brews on her own. We appreciate her attitude and enthusiasm very much. She will receive her diploma in the summer and be an even more important member of the Highlander team.

Red Beerd Festival- May 23, 2020 in North Bay.

Preview show April 11- Voyageur Inn

Highlander, along with the breweries of Northern Ontario, is producing The Red Beerd Festival. The event is the idea of our good friend Kerry McEwen, Red Beerd. Kerry helps us at all our beer shows across the province. Kerry also will curate the show by working with the Northern Ontario breweries to provide an excellent range of quality beers for the festival.

We have a quite a line up of musicians for a special Cabaret being held in a separate music room away from the crowd. 

 There will be a special preview mini festival held on April 11 at the Voyageur Inn in anticipation of the larger event at the Granite Club on May 23.

You can get tickets on line .

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