Niagara, Ontario may be known for its viticulture and amazing wineries. But there’s another emerging industry that’s been brewing over the past few years: craft beer. This blog will feature the institutions that can be credited for pioneering the scene in the Niagara region, and all are must-visits for the craft beer enthusiast.
- Iggy’s Pub, Fonthill – Iggy’s may not do any brewing, but they have by-far the largest craft beer selection in Niagara, with more than 25 Ontario craft beers on tap (always changing) and several others by the bottle. It also has a great menu and a nice atmosphere. (Check out my colleague Dana’s blog Bite On The Town for more on Iggy’s.)
- Brimstone Brewing, Ridgeway – This small-batch craft brewery located in a 20th century church in the quaint village of Ridgeway (Fort Erie), offers a unique atmosphere and a variety of quality beers for those willing to veer off the wine route.
- Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake – Niagara’s first craft brewery, located in a big red barn in the heart of wine country, features flagship beers and experimental seasonals. Niagara’s first food truck, El Gastronomo Vagabundo, also regularly sets up shop in the ‘Beer Shed’. (Check out my colleague Haley Strong’s blog for more on El Gastro.)
- Silversmith Brewing, Niagara-on-the-Lake – Located inside of an historic church (circa 1894) just down the road from Oast House, Silversmith makes a host of amazing beers, while also featuring guest taps, food from the Tide & Vine food truck, and live music on the weekends.
- Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines – The first brewpub in Niagara remains a gem, serving hand-crafted ales, lagers and good food from its rustic and cozy downtown St. Catharines restaurant. The beers are brewed on-site and you can catch live local music on weekends.
- Kully’s Original Sports Bar, St. Catharines – A new sports bar featuring many Ontario craft beers, solid pub grub, TVs and a massive projector for those who want to catch the game while enjoying their beer.
- Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Niagara-on-the-Lake – The first fully-licensed teaching brewery in Canada produces some awesome beers, which can be tasted at its retail space at Niagara College’s NOTL campus.
*KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR:
- Brothers Brewing Co., Pelham – Brothers beer is already available in pubs across Niagara including Kully’s and Iggy’s, with the Pelham-based brewery and retail store expected to open summer of 2015.
- Brock Brewing Co., St. Catharines – Brock Brewing will feature a brewery, retail store and restaurant in west St. Catharines with a planned opening of late-summer or early-fall, 2015.