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Barrie brewery hops into market with quinoa-based beer

Miski Brewing's gluten-free brew had been in the works since 2019; company has three more recipes set to launch later this year
Miski Brewing has introduced its new Ancestral Ale.

Miski Brewing, an innovative craft brewery, is entering the Barrie craft brew market with their certified organic, gluten-free beer made from quinoa, which will cater to the growing demand for healthier and diverse beer options.

Crafted with passion and innovation, their Ancestral Ale is a pioneer in the world of all-quinoa-based beers and offers a refreshing twist on traditional beer recipes with its floral aromas and citrus notes. Miski has three more recipes set to launch later this year.

“Barrie is a vibrant community and the perfect place to break ground in the craft beer marketplace,” said founder of Miski Brewing Ricardo Irivarren. “It took some amazing support from our local partners to bring our dream to life, and it’s finally here.”

The groundbreaking craft beer is a result of a two-year multi-partner collaboration where several parties invested their time and research to create a quinoa-based beer recipe that responded to the taste profile and quality of the discerning craft beer market.

Head brewer Daniel Fonseca and operations manager Rodrigo Ribeiro, who were both a part of the development team at the Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre from 2019 to 2021 who developed the prototype recipe, are now full-time staff. The company also worked with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre on their zero-waste project, which repurposes their processed quinoa into animal-friendly treats and feed.

Miski Brewing’s 6,000-square-foot Barrie facility plans to be a sustainable operation, minimizing waste and upholding their values of environmental sustainability, and organic and fair-trade practices. Miski Beers are all vegan, kosher, organic and gluten-free certified.

“Sustainability is a core value of the company, including the goal of becoming a zero-waste facility,” said Irivarren.

Miski Brewing is currently serving their brew in select restaurants but customers can pick up their four-pack, six-pack or 24 case at their production facility at 70 Ellis Dr., Unit 4. Visit