The Ontario craft beer scene is growing at an insane rate. Breweries are opening up all over the province and the quality and diversity of the beer is top notch. Brewery tours are a great experience to gain a better appreciation of the story behind the brewery, their processes and the beer. Almost all breweries also have taprooms which makes them a nice place to hang out with family and friends while tasting beers.

I am on a mission to visit as many Ontario craft breweries as possible and share my experiences with you. And I am also trying to squeeze in brewery visits during my travels outside of Ontario. Here is a list of the breweries that I have visited to date along with their beers that I have had:

Atlantic Brewing Company

Bar Harbor, Maine

They are located walking distance from the cruise port in this beautiful town.

Beers:

  • Brewski American Stout
  • Crack-a-Bone Rye Pale Ale
  • Island Hopper American Wheat
  • Julia American Strong Ale
  • Prohibition Amber Ale

Bandit Brewery

Toronto

They have great food to pair with their great beers…the beer battered cheese curds are to die for!

Beers:

  • Cake Monster
  • Dundas West Coast
  • Hoppelganger
  • Wizard of Gose
  • ZZY→LAX

Big Tide Brewing Company

Saint John, New Brunswick

They are located on one of the many steep streets in the core of historical uptown Saint John.

Beers:

  • ALTar Matrimoniale
  • Barley Wine
  • Benedict Arnold ESB
  • Fogbound Hemp Pale Ale
  • Seaworthy IPA

Common Good Beer Company

Toronto

They are also a contract brewery and one of their partners is OverHop Brewing.

Beers:

  • Doppelbock
  • Dry Hop Pilsner
  • The Sociable Pilsner
  • Witbier

Lake Wilcox Brewing Co.

Vaughan

They are conveniently located right by Vaughan Mills outlet mall so you can try to convince your significant other to drop you off at the brewery while they shop!

Beers:

  • Mad Quacker
  • Black Hops IPA
  • Bandit APA
  • Lakehouse Craft Lager
  • Belgian Blonde
  • Solstice IPA
  • American Brown Ale
  • Golden Hour Stout

Les Brasseurs du Temps

Gatineau, Quebec

Make sure to ask for The Clock and walk through their beer museum.

Beers:

  • Et La Lumière Fut (Pub Ale)
  • Le Bouillon De La Chaudière (Weizen)
  • L’Allumante (Nut Brown Ale)
  • Mille Neuf Cendre (Rauchbier)
  • La Nuit Des Temps (Stout)
  • Carpe Diem (Belgian Style IPA)
  • Grande Rivière (Belgian Cranberry)
  • Au Pied Du Courant (India Pale Ale)
  • Asticou (Black IPA)
  • DumDuminator (Doppelweizenbock)
  • Diable Au Corps (Imperial IPA)
  • Quelques Arpents De Neige (Double Wheat)

Niagara Oast House Brewers

Niagara-On-The-Lake

They are located in a big red barn originally raised in the late 1800s.

Beers:

  • Barnraiser Country Ale
  • Saison
  • Pitchfork Porter

People’s Pint

Toronto

They regularly collaborate with other brewers to create small batch brews.

Beers:

  • Helles Island American Lager
  • Gosé Cuervo Tequila Lime Sour
  • Mango Fett Milkshake IPA
  • El Chupacabra Ancho Cinnamon Porter

Riverhead Brewing Company

Kingston

You must have one of their famous handmade Bavarian style pretzels with their beer.

Beers:

  • Craft Lager
  • Honey Saison
  • Irish Red
  • London Porter
  • Oktoberfest Lager
  • Tropical IPA
  • WIPA Snipa

Rouge River Brewing Company

Markham

It’s great to have a brewery located in your own backyard!

Beers:

  • Beneath the Planet of the APAs
  • Peach Sour w/Brett
  • Raspberry Sour
  • Straight Up IPA
  • 2017 Never Say Never Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Shipyard Brewing Company

Portland, Maine

They are the largest brewer in Maine. I bought one of their tap handles which was a really cool souvenir!

Beers:

  • Shipyard Brewer’s Choice (Nitro) Stout
  • Old Thumper English ESB
  • Seadog Brewing Company, Sunfish, Peach & Grapefruit Wheat Ale
  • Melon, Watermelon Wheat Ale

 

Spearhead Brewing Company

Kingston

You will get a great view of their brewing process from their taproom.

Beers:

  • Bedrock Lager
  • Belgian Style Stout
  • Decoy Lager
  • Hawaiian-Style Pale Ale
  • Moroccan Brown Ale
  • Oktoberfest Lager
  • Sam Roberts Band Ale
  • Summer Ale

Stack Brewing

Sudbury

I knew this was a cool brewery when I saw their brewing tank named R2-D2!

Beers:

  • Belgian Trippel
  • Chocolate Cherry Stout
  • Expansion Sour IPA
  • Light Lager
  • Mangzaro
  • Panache Session IPA
  • Raspberry Renegade Milkshake IPA
  • Saturday Night
  • Shatter Cone India Pale Ale

The Exchange Brewery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

The brewery is located in the picturesque Niagara-On-The-Lake’s Old Town heritage district.

Beers:

  • Oud Bruin
  • Belgian Pumpkin Ale
  • Foreign Exchange Stout

The Six Brewhouse

Toronto

This brewery is named after the greatest city in the world (no bias at all)!

Beers:

  • Line 1 Lager
  • White Squirrel Wit
  • Hopster Session IPA
  • Trash Panda Porter

Upper Thames Brewing Company

Woodstock

This brewery is the first craft brewery in Woodstock and Oxford County.

Beers:

  • Mad River Farm House Wheat
  • Come to the Dark Side Chocolate Stout
  • Portage India Pale Ale
  • RAZ Raspberry Saison
  • Wicked Sister Black India Pale Ale

The best part is that I have not even scratched the surface and there are so many more breweries to go!

Do you have any recommendations?