If you’re as obsessed about craft brews and bevvies as we are, you’re in the right place.
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With over 250 breweries, 70 cideries and 30 distilleries, there’s a craft for every connoisseur.
Craft breweries are constantly challenging and reinventing the landscape of beer, and Ontario’s 80+ micro-breweries are anything but ordinary.
Discover new seasonal flavours like Grand River Brewing’s Highballer Pumpkin Ale, the Muskoka Harvest Ale at Muskoka Brewery, Second Wedge’s Sweater Weather or the Netherworld Pumpkin Spiced Ale at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie. Try the seasonal flavours at Boshkung Brewing in Carnarvon, Railway City Brewing in St. Thomas, Elora Brewing Co or Gananoque Brewing Co.
Just east of Toronto, Northumberland County has a Cheers Tour Map that’ll take you through rolling hills and picturesque towns as you visit breweries, cideries, and restaurants in which Northumberland brews are served.
Sample a pint of Grizzly Beer from Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery or chill with your pooch at dog-friendly Left Field Brewery. Collective Arts in Hamilton celebrates the merging of art, expression and creative crafts. Great craft beers in Eastern Ontario include Barley Days in Prince Edward County, Beau’s, Clocktower Brew Pub, Kichesippi, and Big Rig in Ottawa, Cartwright Springs Brewery in Pakenham, and Perth Brewery. Experience new and creative brews from Cowbell Brewery Co. in Blyth, Humble Beginnings Brewery in Ingleside or Grey Matter Brewing Company in Kincardine.
Speciality brews salute the lakes, rivers and endless wilderness of the north at Dawson Trail and Sleeping Giant Brewing Company in Thunder Bay, Lake of the Woods Brewery in Kenora and Lake of Bays Brewery in Baysville.
Even though craft cider is experiencing a renaissance, Ontario cider houses have long been producing crisp, delicious blends.
Pick up premium, hand-crafted goodness, such as Ontario’s #1 selling ciders from Thornbury Village or Beaver Valley Cidery’s small batch output. Toast the apple with a dry-hopped cider from Spirit Tree Estate Cidery in Caledon. Explore sublime flavours and views at Coffin Ridge Winery & Cidery just outside of Meaford, overlooking Georgian Bay. Sample creativity in Prince Edward Countywith County Cider’s peach, pear and blood-orange infused ciders. Hamilton’s West Avenue Cider House brings the taste of country tradition to the city.
Ontario's local distilleries take the responsibility of crafting respectable spirits very seriously.
Tour Izumi, Ontario’s only spring water sake company in Toronto, or sample finely crafted spirits at small batch distilleries such as Dillon’s in Beamsville, Still Waters Distillery in Concord, Wolfhead in Amherstburg or Kinship House of Fine Spirits in Bloomfield.
With a nod to Ontario’s bootlegging past, Grand Spirits in Headwaters is creating superior vintage cocktails from their whiskeys and gins, while Dairy Distillery in Almonte is crafting spirits using fresh Ontario milk. Look to Georgian Bay Spirits Co. for clean, flavourful gin, inspired by the fresh waters of Ontario.
Follow one of Ontario’s self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes to sample some of the best craft beer, local cider and fresh food that Ontario’s Greenbelt has to offer. The maps feature local craft breweries and cideries, farmers’ markets, delicious Feast ON restaurants and more.