The History of Little Norway

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At Sawdust City, the history of our small northern community is a huge part of what inspires us – from the names of our beers, to the name of the brewery itself, once the name our town was known by!

As Canada reaches its 150th anniversary this summer, we reflect more than ever about our connection to that history, so we were thrilled when we received an email from a family with a special connection our Pale Lager. “Little Norway Pale Lager” is named in honour of the Royal Norwegian Air Force base located here in Muskoka during 1940s and the German occupation of Norway in World War II.

Little Norway Pale Lager was brewed in collaboration with Norway’s Arendals Bryggeri, in tribute to the friendship between their home and ours, and it was enjoying this at a recent family gathering that inspired the Ødegaard family to reach out to us with a little of their personal history – for their father was one of the RNAF residents of Little Norway. They were kind enough to pass along some images from a book of photos they still have from his days here, and invite us to share them with you, as we celebrate the connection we all share, to our town, our country, and our global community. Now that’s worth raising a glass to! Cheers, skål, and Happy Canada Day!

Peaceful Muskoka pines to build a haven for Norwegians far from home.

Muskoka Aerodrome, still functioning as Muskoka Airport 365 days a year today!

RNAF residents sharing beer with some locals – we can still highly recommend the local beer, but we wouldn’t recommend these drinking companions!

3,676 miles from Muskoka to their goal: Berlin.

Norwegian planes in Canadian skies.

Canada will always live in the hearts of the Norwegian boys.