Niagara’s best craft breweries/pubs

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.

– Jeff Blay
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7 thoughts on “Niagara’s best craft breweries/pubs

  1. Pradnya says:

    Not a beer person. But I like Taps on queen which is in Downtown Niagara Falls they do have some good beer. I am sure you will like it too. If you ever go there let me know what you think.


  2. Jamie says:

    Hey Jeff,
    Great blog piece. Supposedly there is a brewpub opening in NF near the Rainforest Cafe on Clifton Hill. Expected to open by May of this year. The owners of this property are hosting the Cdn Brewing Awards this year as well.



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