Are you looking to road trip somewhere in South Eastern Ontario but not sure where to go? Check out these microbreweries, do a couple of tastings, and stock up on your favourites.
….Don’t drink and drive!
Stone City Ales defeats the saying “you can’t please everybody” in the only categories that matter – beer and food. Priding themselves on always providing top-notch ale, this local brewery stays true to tradition while adding their distinct creativity to give each pint its own character. Round out your evening with some mouthwatering and unique meal pairings such as their Savoury Pancakes, made with house sauerkraut and wildwood cheese.
New to the Kingston, Spearhead Brewery is paving its path to becoming one of Kingston’s best up-and-coming brewing companies. This Toronto based brewery wants to make sure its brews are always available to its clients. With a retail shop open late, you can grab drinks and accessories to take home with you after a long-days work. If you’d like more of an experience, take a seat in their tap room, open from 11AM every day to experience the brewing process in real time, or take a tour of their state-of-the-art brewery. This writer suggests tasting their Hawaiian Style Pale Ale, made with pineapple it is a light taste with a crisp citrusy finish.
This is Ontario’s oldest brew pub, established in 1986, and is also Canada’s oldest wine-producing pub! Not only do they do beer and wine by try out one of their ciders and sodas.
This brewery from Kingston is super unique. All of their cans are brewed on site and their local values come across in their delicious beers!
Inspired by the beautiful, historic Limestone city and the innovative culture that thrives within it, Kings Town Beer Company was born! Even the pickiest of beer drinkers will find something to appeal to their taste.
Sourcing their ingredients from their very own farm, the MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. takes their rural roots and brews it into a uniquely tasteful beer inventory. Beer tasting doesn’t get more original then when you have a cold one at this brewery. Originally a farm, the MacKinnon family decided to turn their family farm into a farm based brewery.
Family owned and operated, Hard Way Cider believes hard work and innovation is reflected in every cider they produce. Ensuring every step of the hand-pressed and barrel-aged process is completed to perfection, you will be sure to get a crisp, refreshing beverage that you can trust was made “The Hard Way” – no cutting corners here!
Popular selections at this brewery include Blacklist Black German Lager and Extremist Belgian IPA.
Take the ferry from Kingston over to Wolfe Island and discover one of the newest breweries in South Eastern Ontario. Our favourite is the Cannonball Ale which is a German Steinbier brewed with an authentic 36-pound solid iron cannonball! Once you have worked up an appetite, stop over at the Wolfe Island Grill.
If you have a soft spot for the environment, but also love a good drink, then you should try Kings Lock Craft Distillery. With a philosophy of “living life in small batches” and a business built on maintaining a sustainable, organic product that makes a minimal impact on the environment, the Kingston Lock Craft Distillery creates spirits that will make you feel good about your purchase. With award-winning Rye and Vodkas, you can taste the genuine Canadian environment in every sip of these divine spirits.
Take a step over to Windmill Brewery to refresh your pallet with a frosty draft!
It’s likely no surprise that beautiful Gananoque can also make a beautiful beer. The Gananoque Brewing Company takes pride in being able to offer locally sourced ales planted and grown by local farmers and has committed to supporting the community by offering Terroir beers, made from unmalted local grains. Known for always being inhabited by local beer lovers, you can bet on meeting the owner, Bruce on your next stop in.
A brewery that takes pride in its local roots, Rurban Brewing are in the business of making fresh, community cultivated beer served up cold and smooth. Rurban is the first brewery to plant itself in Cornwall in over a century, so they take pride in making sure that every batch they pour up is all natural and brewery-fresh.
Looking to do something different this weekend? You’ve got to make your way to Trenton and visit Wild Card Brewing Company. Wild Card has made a night of drinks as “chilled” as possible by offering an onslaught of locally made brews, old-school board games and popcorn!
Created in the mid to late 1800s by an expert baker, it is no surprise that Signal Brewing Company is one of the top breweries in South Eastern Ontario. Priding itself on their ability to combine mouthwatering beer with top-notch entertainment, Signal Brewing is the perfect spot to build lasting memories after a hard week of work. Pair one of their classic brews with one of their delicious meal options, varying from a smorgasbord of cheeses to fall-off-the-bone ribs.
555 Brewing Co offers a wide selection of different unique beers as well as delicious woodfired pizza to snack on! Pizza + Beer = a match made in heaven!
Farm-based and homegrown, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits ferments, distils and ages all of their products on site and with love. Take a tour with one of their knowledgeable tasting room staff to learn the rich history behind this farm-based distillery, choose three spirits of your choice for tasting and try their whisky barrel aged maple syrup for a full-fledged Canadian experience. Not able to make the trip? Order your spirits online and get the taste of community right in your living room.
Producing apples in Prince Edward County since 1850, this family owned and operated cider company has the history to back up its delicious product. In the early 90’s, the County Cider’s fine beverage was so good it began selling in the well-known and loved LCBO. With over 16 varieties of apples, each cider created uses traditional cider apples to provide a unique flavour profile that is sure to impress even the most experienced cider lover. Check out their website, where you can find their variety of sparkling ciders and even learn what you should pair it with for your next get together.
This is the triple threat. Brewery, Restaurant, Store. Imagine this, you stop in on a hot Saturday in mid-July, sit down and order yourself an ice cold, fresh draft, and follow it up with some authentic Mexican cuisine, and you are in summertime heaven. How can you make this feeling last forever? Take it home with you! Parsons Brewing Company wants you to keep the vibe going, so you can pack up some extra brews to take back to your humble abode.
Treat your taste buds to a refreshing change and appreciate brews and spirits crafted in South Eastern Ontario!
Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and The Counties to Ontario’s burgeoning wine and craft beer country known as Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. Along the shores of these waterways, you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights. No matter how you choose to experience it, South Eastern Ontario offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.